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 SKEPTIC
I believe knowledge is generally accompanied by some degree of uncertainty and doubt. I like where doubting can lead: to questioning, debating, reconsidering, testing, new knowledge, and eventually to the truth.  I am suspicious of faith-based beliefs. In deciding what to believe, I prefer reason and critical thinking, to emotion and wishful thinking.  In putting down "true believers"— sometimes treating them with contempt— I lack humility and can be arrogant.  (Note: critics charge that, in their efforts to “debunk,” skeptics can be closed-minded, and too eager to dismiss evidence not supportive of what they believe.)

THE TRUE BELIEVER
My faith in what I believe is free from doubt. If you'd had my experience, you'd also believe! I understand what it is to be a Believer. I like to think of myself as devoted to a noble cause in the fight for justice or search for Truth. I too can overcome obstacles through courage, persistence, and Shining Purity. I define who I am, magnify my identity, and recognize my enemies through my crusades. (Note: Faith is used here in a broadly defined spiritual context. Critics say true believers have an "excess of certitude" and / or cite their    “irrational persistence” in holding “untenable beliefs.”)

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