I’m a skeptic. I believe in evaluating evidence before coming to conclusions. I don’t believe in ghosts, demons, angles, or magic. I think aliens might be a possibility, but I don’t believe E.T. is flying around fields leaving patterns in grass or cutting up cows.
I’m a pretty huge fan of watching those things on T.V., in movies, or reading about them in books. I love science fiction and fantasy. Huge fan. My favorite series is The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series. I’ve read every book in both the Drizzt series by R.A. Salvaltore and the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher (very much recommend). All three series involve nonsensical things like improbability drive, aliens blowing up Earth for a super inter-galatic highway, magic, gods, angles, demons, wizards, hobbits, and all the like. It’s everything that I don’t believe in in the real world.
And I’m not the only one. It seems like most skeptics that I talk with also love a heavy dose of science fiction and fantasy. Fantasy cons often have a skeptics tract. Skeptic cons are filled with people in Star Trek and Star Wars and Harry Potter and Doctor Who t-shirts and trinkets. There is talk of latest Supernatural episode and ripping on Prometheus.
Of course, we like our science some-what realistic. And we like our explanations some-what logical (at least in the context of the story). And it’s nice to see skeptics in the literature that aren’t proven 100% wrong most of the time (Hermione is the greatest character in all of literature because she’s a skeptic and a logical thinker in a magical world. And she’s often right!).
I’m not really sure why I like to watch and read these things. Maybe it’s because I grew up on them (my dad read Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy to my mom when she was pregnant with me). Or maybe it’s just because I enjoy a good story and science fiction and fantasy stories often present good stories. Or maybe I just like the idea of worlds where anything is possible.