Skepticism and wonder

90’s sci-fi drama, X-Files, was a hit because it tapped into the public mistrust in the government and conspiracy theories. Most episodes end without an explanation breeding more skepticism. “The truth is out there.”

Juxtapose that to the kids show Scooby-Doo, where at the end of each episode there is a reasonable, logical explanation to the paranormal. Every time, in fact, it is attributed to foul play.

There is nothing wrong with being open to wonder while being skeptical. But we also must not reject the reasonable, logical explanation rather than assume there must be a larger conspiracy in play. Big claims require lots of evidence. We waste a lot of mental capacity when we reject science and math to fight gravity.