Michael Shermer — Writer born on September 08, 1954,

Michael Brant Shermer is an American science writer, historian of science, founder of The Skeptics Society, and Editor in Chief of its magazine Skeptic, which is largely devoted to investigating pseudoscientific and supernatural claims. The Skeptics Society currently has over 55,000 members. Shermer also engages in debates on topics pertaining to pseudoscience and religion in which he emphasizes scientific skepticism... (wikipedia)

In principle, skeptics are neither closed-minded nor cynical. We are curious but cautious.
Being a skeptic just means being rational and empirical: thinking and seeing before believing.
The natural inclination in all humans is to posit a force, a spirit, outside of us. That tendency toward superstitious magical thinking is just built into our nature.
Mysteries once thought to be supernatural or paranormal happenings - such as astronomical or meteorological events - are incorporated into science once their causes are understood.
Myths are stories that express meaning, morality or motivation. Whether they are true or not is irrelevant.

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