Confessions of a Skeptic

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Skepticism and the scientific method are not articles of faith, but we can profess our devotion to them with no less fervor. Confess it!

Commissioned by the Skeptics Society.

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I confess it, I’m a skeptic
I believe in the scientific method
I believe in reason and evidence
And things bein’ tested

I’m really not tryin’ to be rude
When I tell people “I don’t believe you”
I believe you believe it to be true
But I want to see some peer review 
Human being are oh so deceivable
Oh so promiscuous with what’s believable
I’m old fashioned, I just want to see if it’s repeatable
With a mechanism that’s conceivable
Don’t dismiss this as if I’m “just a hater”
If you make the claim, you’re the instigator
I just wanna see if that claim can be replicated
In the presence of a skeptical investigator
I’m not scoffin’ – if it’s true, that’s awesome
And until proven, my thoughts are agnostic
Open minded, seeking truth, hopin’ to find it
Tryin’ to light a candle instead of gropin’ blindly

I confess it, I’m a skeptic
I believe in the scientific method
I believe in reason and evidence
And things bein’ tested

But I believe in people too
I may not believe in the things you do
But I believe in you
You too can seek the truth

I don’t believe in telepathy
I don’t believe in “chi energy”
I don’t believe in any kind of energy 
That Stephen Hawking hasn’t been measuring
Physics, it can measure neutrinos
Hundreds of billions are passing through people
Every single second, that’s something we know
But no instrument can detect “chi” though?
We could measure it with a fake needle
Acupuncture it with a placebo
And if the effect is no less feeble
That’s where medicine stops and psychology goes
Belief – it’s oh so powerful
That’s why we need to hold it accountable
If you know, then please show me how you know
And if you don’t, it’s okay to say “I don’t know”

I confess it, I’m a skeptic
I believe in the scientific method
I believe in reason and evidence
And things bein’ tested

But I believe in people too
I may not believe in the things you do
But I believe in you
You too can seek the truth 

Excuse me for rhapsodizing
But fake news and alternative facts are rising
Quack medicine keeps on metastasizing
But there’s a miracle cure, is that surprising?
It’s called the scientific method
If you think a thing is true, investigate and test it
Never forget that your memory’s selective
You have incentives to forget the negative
I was thinkin’ about my friend all day
And then improbably, my friend called me
But every time I thought about ‘em and they didn’t call
There was no story, so the memory dissolved
The mind play tricks, and we can learn to spot ‘em
Evolution even teaches us how we got ‘em
So learn to love facts and you might just get a passion
To put that skepticism into action

I confess it, I’m a skeptic
I believe in the scientific method
I believe in reason and evidence
And things bein’ tested

But I believe in people too
I may not believe in the things you do
But I believe in you
You too can seek the truth

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from Singles, released November 2, 2018
(D. Brinkman, T. Caruana)
Produced and Mixed by Tom Caruana
Keys by Simon Kendall

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