Let’s start by explaining skepticism.

Skepticism is an approach to evaluating claims. It’s a process that considers the best evidence on the topic, typically looking to the scientific conclusions since this is the most reliable means. Skepticism is most often applied to extraordinary claims – those that refute the current consensus view – but can be a way to think through important decisions about health, money or life choices.

Often, when asking “Is this real?” we end up concluding “I don’t know” because there just isn’t enough information. It’s OK to say you just don’t know. Not making a conclusion is BETTER than making a bad conclusion and reaping the consequences. Our conclusions may change as additional or better evidence comes along that points towards a more suitable explanation, such as tests on a new device or drug but withholding judgment is often the best course of action.

Being skeptical is not the same as being cynical, negative or closed-minded. In fact, being skeptical means you are open-minded enough to not buy into what someone just tells you is true, you would prefer to look at other possible explanations.

Be SKEPTICAL, not SUSCEPTIBLE. Be smarter than the average person about IMPORTANT things. It pays off.