Neoskepticism as a philosophy of life

[image: head of the Academic Skeptic Carneades (215–129 BC), Roman copy after a statue exhibited in the agora of Athens, ca. 150 (Wikipedia); this is essay #321 in the “Philosophy as a Way of Life” series]

“skeptic (n.) member of an ancient Greek school that doubted the possibility of real knowledge, noun use of adjective meaning ‘inquiring, reflective,’ related to skeptesthai ‘to reflect, look, view.’” (Online etymology dictionary)

I have considered myself a skeptic, in the sense just outlined above, ever since I abandoned belief in UFOs and the paranormal when I was a teenager. In fact, I write…