It seems a bit counter-intuitive, catering my BodyTalk website to skeptics, doesn’t it?
It doesn’t to me, but since I was asked, it must.
I like skeptics. I’m a skeptic myself. I considered skepticism to be the bulwark of critical thinking. And there is not nearly enough critical thinking going on.
In the woo-woo industry, we like to ignore skeptics. I like the argument; it’s sound. For some people, there is no way to change their minds. They are completely identified with skepticism, to the point where nothing can actually be proven and they often cannot even be asked to participate and gain first-hand experience. And people like that are, to put it mildly, infuriating. I don’t actually know what they hang around for. It must be rather boring for them.
So I suppose it could be said that I like openminded skeptics. In fact, I like them a lot better than the people who simply agree with everything I say simply because they trust me. Flattering as that is, it shows such a distressing lack of thought that I really cannot endorse it. See that tagline, up there, at the top of the page? That’s what I aim for. I hope everyone else will, too.
So personally, I have no problem with people who want me to back up the claims I make, to discuss the mechanics of the processes I use, who are really asking for clarification and not actually attacking me or my profession. I have no problem with people like that whatsoever.
But this person, who is a marketing professional, persisted “Why write for skeptics? Write for your ideal audience, so that you attract them.”
Skeptics are my ideal audience.
They’re my ideal clients. They’re my ideal — period.
I’m a skeptic. And I’ve been won over by a number of different types of alternative therapies, and my favorite is BodyTalk. I believe it works, and I believe it works for verifiable, scientifically-based reasons, operating under physical principles that we haven’t completely studied and don’t totally understand yet. But I’ve been convinced.
However, I’ve been convinced in the form of several dozen practitioners I respect, several thousand dollars of seminars in three years, and two mind-blowing workshops with the BodyTalk founder, John Veltheim.
None of that is very convincing to your average skeptic. I’m not blaming you. It wouldn’t convince me either.
And although Dr. Veltheim has explained some of the scientists he’s studied with, some of the principles he’s working with, I don’t actually know enough to present that knowledge to you guys in way that I can endorse. I’m working on it, though.
So until then, my mandate is to create a space where skeptical, compassionate, and even-handed debates are de riguer. I write as thought-provokingly as I can, in order to stimulate conversation. I try, as much as possible, to create a refreshing watering hole in the vast arid savannas of the internet, where it doesn’t matter when you drop in, you have a stimulating experience, with people who are worth talking to.
It would mean a great deal if you guys would let me know, either privately, or in the comments, what I’m doing right, and more importantly, where I can improve. I would also love to hear what you think would make this place cooler. Thanks. I appreciate it.