Though some skeptics
smiled when told of Berg's merits, it could not be denied that he was a painstaking and brave officer, on excellent terms with his superiors, and a moral young man with a brilliant career before him and an assured position in society.
But as for saints and relics and things, I fear I'm a bit of a Voltairian; what you would call a skeptic.
But here the skeptic had the temptation of showing up a much more tremendous sham nearer home.
I cannot pretend to recount all that he told me, but I gleaned from what he said that he was the genius who presided over the contretemps of mankind, and whose business it was to bring about the odd accidents which are continually astonishing the skeptic
Of course, it would have been best, all round, for Merlin to waive etiquette and quit and call it half a day, since he would never be able to start that water, for he was a true magician of the time; which is to say, the big miracles, the ones that gave him his repu- tation, always had the luck to be performed when nobody but Merlin was present; he couldn't start this well with all this crowd around to see; a crowd was as bad for a magician's miracle in that day as it was for a spiritualist's miracle in mine; there was sure to be some skeptic
on hand to turn up the gas at the crucial moment and spoil everything.
Demanding and aggressive, skeptics
are often feared by subordinates.
But there is a group that vehemently challenges this -- so-called climate skeptics
Mainstream users, however, respond critically to them and challenge the skeptics
within their own counterpublic.
," though always the smallest of the three groups, dipped even further to 19 percent compared to 26 percent in 2015.
have always been the smallest global warming segment, but at 19%, their numbers are diminished from 26% in 2015 and the high point of 28% in 2010.
The aftershocks are worse for the post-crash skeptics
, affecting their financial attitudes and behaviors.
The justification for this hostility is that religious skeptics
are allegedly filthy, corrupt, and foolish (Zuckerman, 2009).