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Posted in Skepquote by Skepdude on June 10, 2009

But real skeptics still accept a preponderance of carefully examined evidence even when some elements of a complex systems problem remain unresolved, and they do not pretend that when there are loose ends some well-established preponderances don’t exist — that is beyond skepticism to denial, or often political convenience. So a skeptic questions everything but accepts what the preponderance of evidence is, and a  denier falsely claims that until all aspects are resolved we know nothing and should do nothing-often motivated by the latter. If you deny a clear preponderance of evidence, you have crossed the line from legitimate skeptic to idoelogical denier.

Stephen H. Schneider – Skeptical Inquirer, may-June 2009, Vol 33, Issue 3, Page 16

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