One of the most popular Destinations for arguing some point on the Internet is the Skeptics Dictionary
. It can be a
good resource if you want to Debunk something or find the other side of an argument.
A closer examination of this Info-Source reveals that it rejects every- and anything that even just a little bit contradicts the most
view of life and the Universe. This is problematic because it is used as
a prime authority on reality by scientists and journalists alike. Let's examine some of their arguably false information.
An entry on Firewalking
they have filed under "Hoaxes" they claim that Firewalking only works if you
walk over the hot coals with great speed.
one must move with sufficient speed or one will get burned
Having partaken in a Firewalking-Ritual ten years ago, walking barefoot over burning coals, not quickly but rather leisurely, I can state with
certainty that the Skeptics are wrong on this one.
About this Chinese form of Treatment that has been succesful since thousands of years, the Skeptics say:
sham acupuncture is just as effective as true acupuncture. What is not so clear to some people, but is easily ferreted out from the evidence, is
that acupuncture most likely works by classical conditioning and other factors that are often lumped together and referred to as "the placebo
There is something disrespectful in implying that a Science that has provably cured Millions, as a "sham". And even if it were due to the "placebo
effect"...wouldnt that be reason to recognize the power of Belief as a superiour means of healing? Of Course they dont, otherwise they would call it
"power of belief" and not merely "placebo effect".
Again, from personal experience I doubt that Acupuncture is no more effective than a placebo. A close friend quit smoking cold right after her first
acupuncture Session. Prior to that she had tried almost everything else, including having been given medcial substances (which should have called
forth any placebo-effect that might have cured the condition). The night after her Acupuncture session she said she couldnt sleep because she felt
more energized than ever before with not the slightest desire to smoke - ever again. And she hasnt smoked since.
I like to go by the motto "Whatever works is what is true". This is apparently not the case for the Skeptic who belittles anything not contained
withhin his belief-system.
Also on the list of "alternative medicines" that the Skeptics Dictionary say are shams:
Ayurvedic Medicine (which also healed people thousands of years before "Skeptics" arrived at the scene)
and dozens of other well-established forms of helping people.
Example: UFOs & The Paranormal
According to the Skeptics Dictionary, UFOs, Ancient Astronauts, Area 51, Abduction, Crop Circles, Flying Saucers, Roswell...its all
a sham and
not worth looking into. From their entry on ancient-astronauts:
"Chariots of the Gods? Unsolved Mysteries of the Past", for example, is a sweeping attack on the memories and abilities of ancient
This and a few hundred other statements display Skeptics utter lack of understanding of the subject matters they profess to be "debunking". Nowhere in
the book "Chariots of the Gods" does it say that the ancients are incapable or have bad memories. It instead says that they did not have the
vocabulary to describe spaceships so they used other words, such as "firey flying ships".
From the section on Area 51:
You don't really think that any human could have come up with the idea of the Stealth Bomber, do you?
I enjoy a good laugh when it is warranted, but the folks over at Skeptics Dictionary employ scoffing and ridicule on almost every page.
Other well-established realities that dont exist in the Skeptics World:
Hundredth Monkey Phenomenon
The Sense of Being Stared At
Remote Viewing (then why did the Government invest so much time and money on it?)
and hundreds of other subjects I and many others have real experiences in.
Example 3: Religion
The "Skeptics" brush off thousands of years of religious tradition and its Billions of adherents as delusional. In this article they even
One of the only things the Dictionary has a positive and affirming entry on is Anti-Theism
It seems that "Skeptics" are primarily preoccupied with rejecting and negating other peoples realities rather than living their own. While Skeptics
are no doubt needed, and it is important to expose Quackery, their agenda obviously goes beyond that into promoting philosophical-Materialism and
Atheism while rejecting any
reality one cannot immediately perceive with ones senses.
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