Every Skeptic's a Believer

'I don't believe in superstars, Organic food and foreign cars.
I don't believe the price of gold; The certainty of growing old.
That right is right and left is wrong, That north and south can't get along.
That east is east and west is west. And being first is always best.

But I believe in love. I believe in babies.
I believe in Mom and Dad.

And I believe in you.'

I agree with Joseph Bast. The Cilmategate saga ain't over until apologies are offered to skeptics who were once derided for calling a junk science into question. Thinking about the ridicule skeptics had to suffer in the past only makes me angry.

Its also makes me thoughtful. About the act of skepticism.

I am a skeptic in many ways. I am skeptical about Global Warming , as I am about Evolution, Government and Do-gooders. In probing deep into my skepticism, I uncover the fact that, as much a skeptic I am, so am I a believer. I believe climate changes are natural. I believe we were created by a God. And I believe private parties are darn good when it comes to running enterprises, not government. The latter means that I believe, for example, the IIMs are really about gross underutilisation of resources, paid for by the average citizen. Therefore there's no merit in glorifying them. I believe private education is the way to go.

Let me reiterate what I mentioned earlier in passing. As much a skeptic I am, so am I a believer. Consumers are skeptics too, when faced with products that bandy about claims. This is but natural on the part of the consumer as he doesn't expect the marketer to come clean with whatever is the 'truth'. He expects the marketer to tom-tom whatever suits the brand in making a sale. Now I am not suggesting the marketer lies. All I am saying is, product claims are met with skepticism.

Now should such doses of skepticism marketers encounter, be a cause for worry? Nah. Because, remember the other face of a skeptic is one of belief. Every marketer gets an opportunity to turn a skeptical consumer into a believer. It happens when the consumer is persuaded into a first buy. Post buy, if the product in question delivers on value promised, guess what we have on our hands?

A believer!

Amen to that!

Comments

nikhil said…
consumer's became more skeptic as compare to past.
are you agree?
B D Humbert said…
Great post - I too am a skeptic about the benefits of Obamacare - but a believer that we can make a huge difference in treating the big two chronic conditions - diabetes and hypertension for a fraction of the cost that has been proposed - and that this will have a huge impact.

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