International Skeptics Day is celebrated annually on October 13th. Skepticism and critical thinking are necessary for every modern person in order to understand the turbulent information flow. Careful attention to the facts and the search for the truth of skeptics will help them to maintain their interests and not be deceived.
The exact start date for International Skeptics Day is not known today. It is also unknown when in history people first began to develop a skeptical attitude towards any information. However, nowadays skepticism is becoming more and more relevant: the periodicals “Skeptic Researcher” and “Skeptic”, numerous documentaries, podcasts, books, videos on YouTube promote the idea of a critical assessment of reality.
The word “skeptic” has Greek roots, and there it means “investigation.” In ancient times, skeptics were scientists, writers, poets, philosophers and sophists. They opposed their worldview to religious canons and dogmas that offer “blind faith”. Today, skeptics are considered intellectuals, the desire to get to the bottom of the truth is encouraged and approved.
- in the 5th century BC the Eleatic philosophers questioned the reality of the physical world;
- around 399 B.C. Socrates in Plato’s “Apology” voiced his famous thought, which can be the slogan of all skeptics: “I only know that I know nothing”;
- in 360 BC the possible father of Greek skepticism, Pyrrho of Elis, was born;
- in the 16th century, the followers of William of Ockham questioned the divine origin of knowledge and wondered whether God could deceive man.
How to celebrate
To be a skeptic does not mean to refute all scientifically proven facts, on the contrary, it is on them that all thinking and critical people should rely. In order not to become a victim of deception, on the occasion of the holiday, you can read scientific literature, see the revelations of myths about various historical, mystical and physical phenomena. You can also turn to philosophical literature, because it was the philosophers who first began to question the things and phenomena familiar to many.
When is International Skeptics Day celebrated in 2022?
International Skeptics Day is observed on October 13 each year.