*The REALL News*

"It's a very dangerous thing to believe in nonsense." -- James Randi

Volume 4 Issue 2 February 1996

Special 3rd Anniversary Issue

What if I Weren't a Skeptic?

by David Bloomberg

The title of this article may seem to be a bit of an odd question. However, let me assure you that I’m not going to go into a deep philosophical discussion here, just a short examination of the way both skeptics and non-skeptics think.

Let me first say that I consider it an honor to be called a "skeptic." I have seen it used as an implied insult by some, but to me it says that I am a critical thinker, and certainly thinking cannot be a bad thing (unless you’re a failed school board candidate, but that’s another matter [see "REALLity Check" in Vol. 3, #10 and "REALLity Checklist," this issue]).MoreMore

The Sacrament of Confirmation

by Bob Ladendorf

Speaking to a standing-room only crowd of more than 50 people at the February REALL meeting, Prof. Charles Schweighauser lambasted astrology and alleged UFO evidence based on principles of physics and astronomy.

Citing various scientific reasons for disproving astrology, Schweighauser asserted that a human desire to know what the future holds and outright charlatanism motivated by money are the two main reasons for its continuing appeal. As for UFOs, he pointed out the high improbability of any physical visitations by aliens based on the vast distances to travel, extreme mass of fuel to launch a spacecraft at the speed of light, and the friction of atoms that would tear any craft apart.MoreMore


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