This conference is for the discussion of fringe science, fringe medicine, UFO's, psychic p
This conference is for the discussion of fringe science, fringe medicine,
UFO's, psychic powers, water divining and other similar paranormal
phenomena whose veracity or, lack thereof, can be tested by observation
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1. Stimulate thought and inquiry concerning the claims of psuedo-science,
fringe science, fringe medicine et al and ways of testing the validity
of thesse claims.
2. To provide a forum where discussion of these claims, their proof, or
disproof can take place, both by skeptics and believers alike.
1. Only real names or handles conforming to the guidlines given earlier
may be used.
2. Discussion should be confined to the discussion of matters of interest
to skeptics. The imponderable and the untestable are worthy of academic
interest, but as they are not able to be tested by the skeptic they
should not be dwelled on at length.
3. Matters of religion will inevitably arise from time to time. As these
areas require faith, and as such are untestable they should be minor
issues only. Such discussion is best carried out in echoes such as
4. Personal attacks and flames will not be tolerated, if you must abuse
someone take it to NetMail.
A skeptic is someone interested in the evidence for fringe-science
/medicine and paranormal _testable_ claims of fact, without regard
to his particular present opinions.
The emphasis on the (always entertaining) fringe prevents this from
becoming a boring symposium of professional scientists and engineers.
Uncertainty over what is the fringe and what is on either side is part
of what keeps it interesting. The emphasis on _testable claims of fact_
excludes the religion-bashers, however much they may protest to the
"Skepticism is refusing to believe explanations for unusual or abnormal
phenomema that defy current scientific knowledge without being shown
proof of the existence of that phenomenon that conforms to the standards
of acceptable scientific evidence. It is not fence sitting or
--- Jackson Harding
"The authority of science is based on the power of the scientific method and
resides in proof by experiment rather than by pronouncements of the learned or
the vote of the people"
Professor of Physics, Moscow Institute for Physics and Technology
--- TosScan(q) 1.00
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