Skeptic or pseudo-skeptic?

Adapted from some material on the World Wide Web.

True Skeptics / Open-Minded SkepticsPseudo-skeptics / Closed-Minded Skeptics
Questions everything and takes nothing on faith, even from cherished established institutions.Does not question anything from established non-religious institutions, but takes whatever they say on faith and demands that others do the same.
Asks questions to try to understand new things and are open to learning about them.Does not ask questions to try to understand new things, but judges them by whether they fit into orthodoxy.
Applies critical examination and inquiry to all sides, including their own.Applies “critical thinking” only to that which opposes orthodoxy or materialism, but never to the status quo itself.
Withholds judgment and does not jump to rash conclusions.Immediately judges as false and debunks anything that contradicts their paradigm.
Seeks the truth and considers it the highest aim.Are not interested in truth, evidence or facts, only in defending their views.
Thinks in terms of possibilities rather than in preserving fixed views.Cannot think in terms of possibilities, but sees their paradigms as fixed and constant.
Fairly and objectively weighs evidence on all sides.Deceive themselves by failing to consider all available evidence.
Acknowledges valid convincing evidence rather than ignoring or denying it.Automatically dismisses and denies all data that contradicts materialism and orthodoxy.
Are non-judgmental and slow to draw conclusions about things they know little or nothing about.Are judgmental and quick to draw conclusions about things they know little or nothing about.
Uses objective analysis and examination of things they initially oppose rather than scoffing and ridiculing.Scoffs and ridicules what they oppose instead of using objective analysis and examination.
When faced with evidence or facts they find conflicts with their current understanding, they seek to understand the issue.When faced with evidence or facts they can’t refute, uses semantics, word games and denial to try to obfuscate the issue.
Are able to adapt their paradigms to new evidence and update their hypothesis to fit the data.Unable to adapt their paradigms to new evidence, and denies data which doesn’t fit into them.
When all conventional explanations for a phenomenon are ruled out, are able to accept non-conventional ones.When all conventional explanations for an unexplainable phenomenon are ruled out, are still not able to accept non-conventional ones.
Accepts that there are mysteries and revels in trying to understand them. Can tolerate ambiguity.Dislikes mystery and uncertainty, and insist that all unknown phenomena must have a mundane explanation. Cannot tolerate very much ambiguity.
Views science as a tool and methodology, not as a religion or authority to be obeyed. Understands the difference between the scientific process and the scientific establishment.Views the scientific establishment as a religion and authority to be taken on faith and never questioned or challenged. Does not understand the difference between the scientific process/methodology and the scientific establishment institution.
Acknowledges that the scientific establishment is subject to politics, corruption, control, censorship and suppression, as all human based institutions are – and therefore must be critically examined and scrutinized, rather than taken on faith, especially in the light of contrary evidence to their claims.Assumes that the scientific establishment is objective and unbiased, and free of politics, corruption, control, censorship and suppression for no other reason than blind faith in authority
Will admit they are wrong when the evidence calls for it.Will never admit that they are wrong no matter what, regardless of evidence.

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