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Offline Wandapec

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This will be my first, but definately not the last! It is so brilliant to find a site like this where like minded people in South Africa can get together! Going to take a look around.
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Welcome. But you will find that not everyone is as like minded as you might think ;)
Hope you enjoy your stay!
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Offline steveweiss

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Is there a clear, comprehensive and concise definition of skepticism on this site?  If so, please direct me there.  Do you draw a distinction between being skeptical of specific claims and the philosophy of skepticism?


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I started a new thread here: A clear, comprehensive and concise definition of skepticism.
Hope it answers your question.

As for your second question:
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Do you draw a distinction between being skeptical of specific claims and the philosophy of skepticism?
Could you please expand on what you mean by 'the philosophy of skepticism'?
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Greetings all. Nice site you've got going here. Certainly nice to put all these wacko ideas into perspective and get more unbiased opinions on whatever.

Keep it up guys!!
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Thanks! And welcome. Hope you enjoy your stay ;)
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Offline Mefiante

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Hello, slowcheetah, and welcome!  Thanks for your kind words - they're always appreciated, if not always acknowledged.

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"Sensitive" people are now carefully examining the entire universe, trying to find something to be "offended" at. It won't stop until such time as the "offenders" learn to stop apologizing, and saying "freck off" instead. — brianvds, The ShoutBox Classics, 02/07/2018.


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Hi All

I just registered to the forum. I'll tell you a little about me, I'm a programmer working in Somerset west in the cape. I've always loved Science, recently friends and family of mine went to a Detox thing where they Detox you buy putting you feet in a bath with some electrodes. To say the least I was skeptic, in my case to prove to prove my point I ended up searching the net for material on this. I ended up to listening to podcast like skeptoid and Skepticast. I'm an avid listeners to these weekly and have become quite interested in being more skeptic and being more vocal when I see blatant pseudo science being sold to the general public.

In any case this followed me to ending on this forum to see what the rest of the skeptics in South Africa is up to.


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Hi, and welcome ;)
Glad you found your way here.
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One question: why is sceptic misspelt skeptic in the American fashion?  Are we to be made to spell honour, humour and colour without the u as well?  Or, Odin help us, describe our waistcoats as vests.
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US & UK: a nation divided by a common language.
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One question: why is sceptic misspelt skeptic in the American fashion?

Dunno. But whenever I see it spelt with a c, "bacterial infection" somehow springs to mind.

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One question: why is sceptic misspelt skeptic in the American fashion?  Are we to be made to spell honour, humour and colour without the u as well?  Or, Odin help us, describe our waistcoats as vests.
Misspelt? Probably depends where you are when you read it ;):P

I chose skeptic because most of the online skeptical movements use that spelling. Also I don't like the look of the word sceptic (probably because the letter c is not common in afrikaans ;))
You will be glad to know that invoking Odin is not nessasary, since any spelling is fine, color, referer, waistcoats, whatever...
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Also I don't like the look of the word sceptic
I agree, not for any other reason other than I think skeptic with k just looks cooler.  ::) 
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One question: why is sceptic misspelt skeptic in the American fashion?
Welcome.  I like you already.  To answer your question, it’s because intellectual terrorists such as we, like their more physical counterparts, blend into whatever cover their surroundings offer.  Who in their right mind could deny that it’s prudent to avoid cavillery over the rigours and organisation of whisky and aluminium?

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"Sensitive" people are now carefully examining the entire universe, trying to find something to be "offended" at. It won't stop until such time as the "offenders" learn to stop apologizing, and saying "freck off" instead. — brianvds, The ShoutBox Classics, 02/07/2018.