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If it's true, then prove it!


Skeptics question commonly held opinions and beliefs and the validity of all things claiming to be factual. If you claim something is true, skeptics believe you should be able to offer proof that it's true. It's not the responsibility of the skeptic to prove your claim is untrue, although the skeptic will attempt to verify the truthfulness of the proof you offer. In addition, if you make an extraordinary claim or statement, skeptics expect you to provide extraordinary proof of such.

In Robert A. Heinlein’s 1961 science fiction novel Stranger in a Strange Land, Valentine Smith was a human raised by Martians on the planet Mars who returned to Earth in early adulthood to find he was a stranger in a strange land where he struggled to understand the beliefs and cultures of earthbound humans.

Since skeptics question long-held beliefs and think outside the norm, they are considered to be on the fringe of society orsocietal outliers. Therefore, like Valentine, they become—strangers in a strange land.


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