Where Do You Fit On The Cynic – Skeptic – Faithful Scale

Heather Heying is a scientist who uses reasons and facts to reach decisions. That puts her out of touch with many scientists today, Certainly out of touch with those who want to exert authority through an ideological narrative. There is no shortage of examples.

This clip is 5 minutes long, and after the abuse of power we have suffered over the past 30 months, it may help you to re-center yourself. As time investments go, I think you will find this one a good one. It applies to many areas of public discussion outside Covid. Learn to be a skeptic; it makes your life more rational.

Her thesis is simple. Where do you begin thinking about something that matters?

Consider cynicism, skepticism, and faith1.

  1. Cynicism is an uninvestigated rejection of that which is handed down by an authority.
  2. Faith is an uninvestigated acceptance of that which is handed down by an authority.
  3. Skepticism is an openness to the possibility that the authority might be right and they might be wrong.

Listen here to  On Not Being a Contrarian.

You can see the same ideas in print on substack here.


I build strategic, fact-based estate and income plans. The plans identify alternate ways to achieve spending and estate distribution goals. In the past, I have been a planner with a large insurance, employee benefits, and investment agency, a partner in a large international public accounting firm, CEO of a software start-up, a partner in an energy management system importer, and briefly in the restaurant business. I have appeared on more than 100 television shows on financial planning. I have presented to organizations as varied as the Canadian Bar Association, The Ontario Institute of Chartered Accountants, The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food, and Banks – from CIBC to the Business Development Bank.

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