To many of the people I know, the word "skeptic" is synonymous with "asshole." I know I'm guilty of representing that stereotype, as those who know me can attest. I am working on it but it's a slow process that I know has little chance of changing those who have already decided what I am.
One thing that really impressed me about The Amazing Meeting 7 was that many of the speakers and presenters are also trying to fight the "asshole" stigma of skepticism. There really is a time and place for ripping people about their ridiculous beliefs...think anti-vaxers for example. However, in order to be more effective skeptics and better people in general, we would be wise to be more sensitive to beliefs we do not share.
Bill Prady, executive producer and creator of the CBS show The Big Bang Theory, really put it best in his keynote address at The Amazing Meeting 7. Here is a snippet that was posted by the great Boston Skeptics group.