sceptics is a community for those who are interested in finding the truth behind urban legends, old wives' tales, common beliefs, or any claims that don't hold up under the weight of critical thought. Any subject is welcome, as long as you can provide valid arguments for your claims, and preferably link the other members to a reliable source that backs up your argument. Discussion on topics is very welcome, but no flaming, personal attacks or pointless comments are allowed. It's also recommended to provide some back-up to your counter-arguments instead of just announcing the other person is wrong, or you will not be taken seriously.
"But the tools of skepticism are generally unavailable to the citizens of our society. They're hardly ever mentioned in the schools, even in the presentation of science, its most ardent practitioner, although skepticism repeatedly sprouts spontaneously out of the disappointments of everyday life. Our politics, economics, advertising, and religions (New Age and Old) are awash in credulity. Those who have something to sell, those who wish to influence public opinion, those in power, a skeptic might suggest, have a vested interest in discouraging skepticism."
--Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World
Rules: 1) Absolutely no deleting of comments or posts. 2) Absolutely no freezing of comment threads or posts. 3) Stay on topic. This is a community about sceptism. 4) Please, NO COMMUNITY PROMOS. 5) Be respectful of other Users and the Mod(s). 6) If you have a comment or complaint. Please contact the moderators via a post to his private journal. 7) Do not post complaints regarding the community, the moderators, or other users directly to the community. Such posts are nearly guaranteed to be removed. Not to mention piss off the moderator :)
Failure to abide by the above listed rules will likely result in the removal of your post and or comments. It may also result in a warning being issued. If a user(or his/her sock puppets) acquire 3 warnings in a 6 month period a ban will be placed on said user.
Those who do not follow these simple rules will be encouraged to post elsewhere.
Anonymous posting has been disabled. Sock puppet user accounts will also be banned without warning. If you can't say what you need to with your name in plain view, you need to say it some place else. The mods reserve the right to freeze/delete anything, at any time, for any reason, with no notification or explanation. These rules subject to change without notice.
And, by the way, "sceptic" is an acceptable alternative spelling to "skeptic".