Charting the skeptopathy - skepticism continuum: A constructive aid in the interests of consistent and reliable scientific activity

We begin this paper by attempting to define what skepticism is. We also attempt to define other related and allied concepts such as skeptopathy, pathological skepticism, and pseudo-skepticism, and compare and contrast all these different concepts. We also present the various thoughts and opinions of different thinkers on all these issues, and also attempt to explain how thoughts related to these issues evolved through the ages. We therefore begin right from the Ancient Greeks, on to Ancient Rome, the medieval period, the renaissance period, the enlightenment period, and then proceed to the modern period. We propose how an ideal sweet spot can be accomplished and attained based on the quantum and the quality of scientific output, the opportunity loss, the quantum of pseudo-science or bad science generated in the process of scientific study. Last but not the least, we make a valiant attempt to reconcile the different concepts in this paper with the concepts proposed in our earlier papers as applicable so that meaningful extensions and additions can be made, and further takeaways added. We also emphasize the need for generating a wider awareness on this issue, all in the interests of good science, and make it central to scientific methodology and debate. Needless, to say, it will need to be taught in schools, colleges and universities at the appropriate level so that students appreciate and understand all dimensions of the issue.

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APA

Rao Mandavilli, S. (2024). Charting the skeptopathy - skepticism continuum: A constructive aid in the interests of consistent and reliable scientific activity. Afribary. Retrieved from https://afribary.com/works/sujay-skepticism-skeptopathy-coninuum-final-final-final

MLA 8th

Rao Mandavilli, Sujay "Charting the skeptopathy - skepticism continuum: A constructive aid in the interests of consistent and reliable scientific activity" Afribary. Afribary, 31 May. 2024, https://afribary.com/works/sujay-skepticism-skeptopathy-coninuum-final-final-final. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

MLA7

Rao Mandavilli, Sujay . "Charting the skeptopathy - skepticism continuum: A constructive aid in the interests of consistent and reliable scientific activity". Afribary, Afribary, 31 May. 2024. Web. 24 Jun. 2024. < https://afribary.com/works/sujay-skepticism-skeptopathy-coninuum-final-final-final >.

Chicago

Rao Mandavilli, Sujay . "Charting the skeptopathy - skepticism continuum: A constructive aid in the interests of consistent and reliable scientific activity" Afribary (2024). Accessed June 24, 2024. https://afribary.com/works/sujay-skepticism-skeptopathy-coninuum-final-final-final