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PostSubject: Encyclopaedic Sceptic   Fri Jul 11, 2008 2:30 pm

Ok I know im no Michael Shermer, Im not going to take his crown any time soon, but do I really have to have an encyclopaedic knowledge of everything of a sceptical nature in my head.

I get blievers asking inane questions about new age, alternative, supernatural, paranormal etc.

They give me some anecdotal evidence some pseudoscience BS etc and ask me how to explain that away, right there, no time to think check accuracy of evidence etc.

I do manage to swipe these people away in general with some curt remark and even a scientific answer on occasion.

What im trying to fathom is how do I find a catch all answer to silence these belief critics?

Usually I just tell them to do a bit of research on the subject using scientific journals rather than books from the airport terminals.

For me I want in depth knowledge in one subject area and build up a general knowledge to work from in others.

For instance Rob is a UFO enthusiast, So I would field those questions via Rob! Pretty simple to me - stick to what you know and get broad base for the rest!

Any views on this?

Regards,

Den.

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