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


Intro to FACTS


Should we explain our position at all?


Who should we explain ourselves to?

Fred Askew

What is a Skeptic / Critical Thinker?

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?







What are the methods of Critical Thinking?

[… 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

Logical Fallacies from the "The Nizkor Project"

Logic & Fallacies from "The Atheism Web"

A few Quotes from the great Critical Thinkers of the past

The Multiple truth’s fallacy - Russell


What makes a true believer?

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


Critical Thinking and Skepticism in action


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