What we’re all about
By the Factoids
This Page (like the rest of this site) is under construction. Please forgive the broken links.
As there are many repeated themes and fallacies expressed by newcomers to the FACTS forum it seems appropriate to put together a description of what we are about (and what we’re not about). I hope this can be useful in both short-circuiting those repeated theme debates that we have done to death and in explaining to newcomers just what it is we do. To that end I submit the following which, while it should never be finished, is at this stage a very fragmentary starting point which I will, with your help, hopefully flesh out over the next few months.
Rather than re-inventing the wheel I will include links to external web sites where a topic is adequately covered elsewhere.
Please remember that most of these articles were written as replies to discussion threads and were not written to directly answer the questions I have grouped them under here.
Any comments, criticisms, corrections or proposals for inclusion should be raised as a thread on the FACTS board so that all can discuss it. Include UNFACTS in the title so I won’t miss it.
Table of Contents
What skeptics do and don't believe
CX on Skepticism
Defining Skeptic - Fred Askew
Define SKEPTIC - Various Authors (from our Jargon file)
Fred Askew's take on this question
Illusions, delusions, belief and Skepticism - Russell
Miracles, Faith, Questions - Russell
Skepticism - Paul Parnell
Skeptics and Believers - Debutante
What good is Skepticism - Ladewig / bernie
How did we come to our current beliefs or lack there of?
[… it does not matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are -- if it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong. - Richard Feynman]
Rather than cover General Logic and Debating in detail when it is well covered elsewhere here are a few links to external sites which cover these topics in some detail
Logic & Fallacies from "The Atheism Web"
A few Quotes from the great Critical Thinkers of the past
The Multiple truth’s fallacy - Russell
What do 'Believers' actually believe?
Peabody's Universal Theory of Belief - Pierre
Roseweed's Special Theory of Belief - Roseweed
Testing Faith - Roseweed and Fred Askew
Alright all you monkey people - Tricia
Facilitated Communications and Ouija boards
Ideomotor movement - Pierre
God and Christianity
On a Xian's Credo - Shanks
New Age Philosophies
Living Energy Universe - Mark
Many Lives, Many Masters, Many Fallacies - Mark
The Sethian Perspective: A Critique - or - When Mediocre Science Fiction Authors Go Bad - Ned
Fooling experiencers and why Zak doesn't like imaging and instrumentation - Pierre
Psychics - Marc
Sylvia Brown - Marc
Belief IN vs Belief THAT - Shanks
Does Science contradict Experience - Bernie
Any belief worth having must survive doubt.
Last Updated 11th January 2002 by Russell