Healthy Skepticism and BitcoinSubmitted by JixMainstream on Fri, 03/15/2013 - 17:33
Conspiracies. Diversions. False flags. These are part of the regular fare here on the DailyPaul. We proudly deny the "official story" and opt to do our own homework before coming to any conclusions. Healthy skepticism is our way of life here, and I happen to think this is a rather good thing.
It, however, poses a difficult challenge. Finding the evidence we need is rarely an easy task, and with all that's happening in our world, how can one possibly afford the time to perform the massive amounts of research required to adequately "do one's own homework"? The simple reality is that one cannot. We must resort to choosing our battles.
But what happens to those other issues to which we cannot dedicate the time and passion required to properly research? Certainly we cannot blindly trust the "official story"... but does that warrant a blanket distrust?
I would argue that what many are missing on the DP is the ability to remain neutral towards topics with which we are not well studied. Nowhere do I see this better exemplified but on the many Bitcoin threads beginning to appear on this site.
Bitcoin gives us a perfect example of the blanket distrust phenomenon in action. Unlike the many conspiracies we encounter every day, the technology behind Bitcoin is 100% transparent and free to access ("open source"). Any person here has the ability to learn what the technology does, read the code, and check for back doors. It does not require trust in what anyone else says. You can know CONCLUSIVELY what Bitcoin is, and what it is not.
Yet, what do we find in Bitcoin "discussion" threads? Ignorance. Mis-information. FUD. Given that all the source code for Bitcoin is available and completely open to the public, there is aboslutely no excuse for this. Least of all in a community of healthy skeptics!
I could honestly care less whether you use Bitcoin or not. I completely understand that there are people on this site who will never use Bitcoin because they believe we will have massive, long-term power-outages or that the government will shut down the global internet. That's totally fine. If that's what you believe, no one has any business telling you that you're wrong. But even these people should be saying, "yes, Bitcoin technically works, but I refuse to use it because I believe in (power-outage / internet shut-down)."
Friends, being a skeptic requires a lot of responsibility. We are here because we refuse to take things for granted. I think that's generally a good thing. When it becomes detrimental is when we allow our skepticism to become blind distrust towards that which we do not fully understand.
Please critique with care, my friends.
Peace, Gold, Love,