In Full Color by Anthony Horvath
|January 9, 2012||Posted by Anthony Horvath under All Books, All by Horvath, Latest Releases, Latest Releases by Horvath|
- In Full Color by Anthony Horvath
- Kindle Edition | Smashwords (Use 100% off coupon KR56V)
- ISBN: 9781466058576
- Genre: Short Story
- Word count: 2,800
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You couldn't get Sid Cynic to believe anything he didn't see with his own eyes. You can imagine his dismay when cars started relying on computers. As a mechanic with a skeptical bent, there was a lot going on that one couldn't see. Sid Cynic knew that real life happened in full color. The rest was rubbish.
In this tale exploring the limits of faith, revelation, and empiricism, Anthony Horvath paints a picture of what can happen when one puts their trust in the wrong place.
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I can still vaguely remember when the scene described in In Full Color first emerged in my mind. I had been thinking about the difference between cynicism and skepticism- while taking a shower. By the time the shower was over, the story was ready to go. I recall that I wrote it that very day. It has since bounced around some of my friends, but its release here by Bard and Book is the first time it is being shown to a larger audience.
What does the story say about cynicism and skepticism?
Well, it seems to me that there is such a thing as healthy skepticism, but what passes as skepticism in many places today actually should be regarded as cynicism. A healthy skepticism weighs evidence and draws conclusions in proportion to that evidence. In some cases, the healthy skeptic will delay making any conclusion at all until more pieces of evidence are available, but in the main, the skeptic will draw a conclusion. The cynic casts doubt on everything and believes nothing... regardless of the evidence.
To put it simply, the cynic already knows what things are true or not before it examines a proposition, whilst the healthy skeptic examines the proposition with an open mind and is willing to accept the proposition if the evidence and argument support it.
This short story touches on this latter observation more than anything. Sid has come to certain beliefs mainly because they accord with his outlook. His outlook is largely unexamined, but he thinks it is. Like so many people, he puts an emphasis on the notion of 'seeing is believing', to the extent- again, like so many people- that if he sees things on the television, eg, computerized re-enactments of the creation of the universe, he believes he is seeing actual realities. Sid believes what he sees, and distrusts what he doesn't, even if the unseen things 'work.' And he certainly doesn't believe what he hears.
Most of the 'skeptics' I encounter seem to be an awful lot like Sid... more cynical then anything. May their story turn out differently!