In Portugal, the main enemies of skepticism are a mild spirituality and general scientific ignorance that permeates a great part of the population, which makes it prone to accept spiritism, astrology, etc. Also, scientific-sounding lies, as homeopathy. This general ignorance about science and rigorous thinking makes people readily believe in any example they meet and ignore statistics. People tend not to like a frank discussion of ideas and tend to make everything personal. So, any conversation in which we try to convince others using serious arguments may be met with derision or be considered a kind of “mental violence”.