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flabio 4th February 2012 03:59 PM

Hi everybody, flabio here from Canada. I'll be just looking around for now on account that there's just so much to take in here.

G'day.

Akhenaten 4th February 2012 04:04 PM

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Originally Posted by flabio (Post 7995173)
Hi everybody, flabio here from Canada. I'll be just looking around for now on account that there's just so much to take in here.

G'day.



G'day, mate.

http://www.internationalskeptics.com...6e8b167056.gif


Welcome aboard!

COLONEL 4th February 2012 07:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by flabio (Post 7995173)
Hi everybody, flabio here from Canada. I'll be just looking around for now on account that there's just so much to take in here.

G'day.

Welcome FLABIO have some Goats milk . What part of the Great White North do you live in ?

flabio 5th February 2012 02:00 AM

I reside in Edmonton, a plain and dull city in the dirty oil capital of the world. Can't say I'm a complete skeptic, more of a 50/50 who insists on hearing both sides of an argument.

Thanks.

amb 5th February 2012 03:25 AM

Flabio, this is just the place for you. This forum thrives on points of view. Place yours in the appropriate threads and wait for a response. :)

Projectionist76 7th February 2012 05:11 PM

Hello people!

I'm a lurker who decided to get more involved.
A skeptic who gets upset too easily by all the nonsense I read online everyday.
I enjoy reading the forum to regain my sanity.

Cheers

Quietus 7th February 2012 11:47 PM

Greetings all, Quietus here from sunny Cape Town, South Africa, decided to join up after lurking during a simultaneous heatwave/aircon failure....

Foolmewunz 8th February 2012 12:21 AM

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Originally Posted by Projectionist76 (Post 8003794)
Hello people!

I'm a lurker who decided to get more involved.
A skeptic who gets upset too easily by all the nonsense I read online everyday.
I enjoy reading the forum to regain my sanity.

Cheers

Um, are you sure you're in the right place? Ask The Colonel, but I think the last sane person we had on these boards went missing in '03.

Are you a projectionist, like you project a lot? Or are you the A/V Guy from school? I always wanted to be that guy. He had keys to EVERYTHING, man!

Welcome aboard.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Quietus (Post 8004559)
Greetings all, Quietus here from sunny Cape Town, South Africa, decided to join up after lurking during a simultaneous heatwave/aircon failure....

Okay, the most important thing is the following skeptical question...

What's more important? World peace or winning another Rugby World Cup? If you get this correct, you are allowed to proceed to the "Rugby" thread in Sports. I'm the honorary know-it-all American who hasn't a clue about the game but who nevertheless insists on proving how little I know. We need a few more SAF supporters in there - the place is over-run with Brits, Aussies and Kiwis.

Welcome aboard (and I envy you your home, notwithstanding the heat wave - one of my two or three candidates for most beautiful city on earth).

Quietus 8th February 2012 12:35 AM

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Originally Posted by Foolmewunz (Post 8004602)
Okay, the most important thing is the following skeptical question...

What's more important? World peace or winning another Rugby World Cup? If you get this correct, you are allowed to proceed to the "Rugby" thread in Sports. I'm the honorary know-it-all American who hasn't a clue about the game but who nevertheless insists on proving how little I know. We need a few more SAF supporters in there - the place is over-run with Brits, Aussies and Kiwis.

Welcome aboard (and I envy you your home, notwithstanding the heat wave - one of my two or three candidates for most beautiful city on earth).

Thanks for the welcome. I am one of the few SA males who has absolutely no interest in sports - I'm the kind of guy who will answer the ultra-obscure Trivial Pursuit questions in science and literature, but stumbles on apparent no-brainers such as "Who is the captain of the SA rugby team?"

Otherwise there is no subject where I shy away from displaying my lack of knowledge!

Foolmewunz 8th February 2012 01:19 AM

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Originally Posted by Quietus (Post 8004622)
Thanks for the welcome. I am one of the few SA males who has absolutely no interest in sports - I'm the kind of guy who will answer the ultra-obscure Trivial Pursuit questions in science and literature, but stumbles on apparent no-brainers such as "Who is the captain of the SA rugby team?"

Well, don't let that deter you. It hasn't kept the Aussies out of the thread, after all. :p

Actualy - we've had a couple of SAF members who claim the same thing. I guess it's all those rhinos and fish eagles and elephants and stuff. You guys actually have things to do with your weekends. (Ironically, it was a South African who turned me onto Rugby - on just such a weekend. We got up at about 0500 to do a morning watch for game in the Krueger(sic) so that he could get the family back to the lodge, nice and tired, in order for him to catch a rugby game at 2:00.)

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Otherwise there is no subject where I shy away from displaying my lack of knowledge!
Well, join in the fray. There's so much smarts around this place that I think we all feel a little humbled at various times by the expertise in one area or another. Meh? I stay away from the Math/Science guys. They're just scary! (But damn, when you need help?? They're right there to explain stuff in terms that even I can undxerstand.)

COLONEL 8th February 2012 07:22 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Projectionist76 (Post 8003794)
Hello people!

I'm a lurker who decided to get more involved.
A skeptic who gets upset too easily by all the nonsense I read online everyday.
I enjoy reading the forum to regain my sanity.

Cheers

Quote:

Originally Posted by Foolmewunz (Post 8004602)
Um, are you sure you're in the right place? Ask The Colonel, but I think the last sane person we had on these boards went missing in '03.

Welcome aboard.

First Welcome projectionist76

Now to foolmewunz
Yup that sounds about right, I think he ought to go to the joke section . He's reading the forum, to regain his sanity now thats funny, I figure a Grayman oatmeal cookie and a glaas of fresh Goats milk should take care of him :D

Libra 10th February 2012 12:12 AM

Hey All, a newbie South African here. I've been reading some very interesting threads here in the last few days, and I like it. I like it alot.

Must say, I'm a bit skeptic about some views on here, but on the other hand, I really respect and have found inspiration from others.

English is not my mother-tongue and I was subjected to a pretty twisted culture for about half my life. This, in conjunction with some of my views that would not always be accepted here, is sure to set me up for a few grillings, but that's just another way of learning, and that's what I hope to get out of being here.

Thumbs-up to the mods, senior members and all other positive contributors. You're doing a brilliant job.

amb 10th February 2012 12:21 AM

What about us who supply the goats milk, kangaroo steak, rabbits, beer, and all other goodies? Don't we get a mention?

Orphia Nay 10th February 2012 03:35 AM

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Originally Posted by Libra (Post 8010351)
Must say, I'm a bit skeptic about some views on here, but on the other hand, I really respect and have found inspiration from others.

Welcome! :w2: I hope the Politics forum didn't put you off. ;)

I can't imagine a forum where everyone agreed on everything. How would we possibly learn anything new?

Welcome to all our other newbies, too. Really glad you've joined us, and kudos for popping in here to introduce yourselves. :thumbsup:

amb 10th February 2012 04:31 AM

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Originally Posted by Orphia Nay (Post 8010574)
Welcome! :w2: I hope the Politics forum didn't put you off. ;)

I can't imagine a forum where everyone agreed on everything. How would we possibly learn anything new?

Welcome to all our other newbies, too. Really glad you've joined us, and kudos for popping in here to introduce yourselves. :thumbsup:

The politics threads very nearly got me suspended after more than 20k posts.
I will for a while steer right away from there. :boxedin:

COLONEL 10th February 2012 06:30 AM

Welcome NewB's
here is a picture of what can be expected for the weekend along with the usual fresh Goats milk and cheese and the wood oven roasted goat.


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3035/...81b92bd543.jpg

SamWilkinson 12th February 2012 03:44 PM

Hello JREFfers!
 
I tried joining this forum about 5 years ago and nothing happened. It worked this time though, obviously.

There used to be YouTube videos of people taking the Million Dollar Challenge.... what happened to them? I often argue with people who say Randi is a fraud and that the Challenge is fake, and I used to be able to send them a link to a YouTube video and say "Watch this, what's fake about it?"

There should be a bunch of videos online to refute the people who badmouth Randi. There are some videos of his old TV show here listverse.com/2008/04/10/top-10-psychic-debunkings/

Four of the links don't work.

Ketyk 12th February 2012 07:31 PM

Hi Sam. Welcome.

Here are some videos with direct links from the JREF Forum. If I come across any others, I'll let you know.

xlz24 12th February 2012 08:34 PM

Hello!
 
Hello everyone! Glad to be aboard. I have great respect for the JREF community, and I'm looking forward to participating in what I'm sure will be stimulating and informative discussions.

amb 12th February 2012 11:37 PM

Hello and welcome X.

Libra 13th February 2012 01:54 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Orphia Nay (Post 8010574)
Welcome! :w2: I hope the Politics forum didn't put you off. ;)

I can't imagine a forum where everyone agreed on everything. How would we possibly learn anything new?

Welcome to all our other newbies, too. Really glad you've joined us, and kudos for popping in here to introduce yourselves. :thumbsup:


Yeah, Politics is enough to put anyone off.

On Forums where everyone agrees, there's plenty of them, any newcomers with "strange" ideas are just worked out. Sort of what happens in many work and life situations too. Keen to engage with the minds here, as learning is all than can come from it.

Thanks Again for such an excellent Forum.

Orphia Nay 13th February 2012 01:59 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Libra (Post 8018933)
Yeah, Politics is enough to put anyone off.

On Forums where everyone agrees, there's plenty of them, any newcomers with "strange" ideas are just worked out. Sort of what happens in many work and life situations too. Keen to engage with the minds here, as learning is all than can come from it.

Thanks Again for such an excellent Forum.

:)

Handy tip: The Community and Humour forums are great places to meet members and rack up the 15/50 posts you need to be able to post links / have an avatar. You'll be needing to post links, since the unofficial forum motto is "Evidence?" :)

Again, welcome, and enjoy!

COLONEL 13th February 2012 01:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SamWilkinson (Post 8017788)
I tried joining this forum about 5 years ago and nothing happened. It worked this time though, obviously.

There used to be YouTube videos of people taking the Million Dollar Challenge.... what happened to them? I often argue with people who say Randi is a fraud and that the Challenge is fake, and I used to be able to send them a link to a YouTube video and say "Watch this, what's fake about it?"

There should be a bunch of videos online to refute the people who badmouth Randi. There are some videos of his old TV show here listverse.com/2008/04/10/top-10-psychic-debunkings/

Four of the links don't work.

WELCOME Sam I have one question, why did you wait 5 years to try again?

Willowfrond 13th February 2012 07:04 PM

Hi all,
I'm in Sydney New South Wales Australia, originally from Perth Western Australia aka Bethlehem :rolleyes:
Please don't offer me milk of any kind (makes me be sick) or kangaroo steaks (I just don't like the taste or maybe I've eaten too much of it) Rabbit and beer sounds good, does anyone have a drop of red perhaps instead of the beer?
I'm not a lurker I just found the site about an hour ago and think it looks a great place to find knowledge.
I'm definitely a 50/50, always like to hear both sides of an argument and have some specific questions to research here.
Sane :confused: me? No!
What is an A/V guy?
World peace is way more important than Rugby but nowhere near as important as Australian Rules Football.
Female, in my 50's (early 50's)
Cheers

Akhenaten 13th February 2012 07:33 PM

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Originally Posted by Willowfrond (Post 8021494)
Hi all,
I'm in Sydney New South Wales Australia, originally from Perth Western Australia aka Bethlehem :rolleyes:
Please don't offer me milk of any kind (makes me be sick) or kangaroo steaks (I just don't like the taste or maybe I've eaten too much of it) Rabbit and beer sounds good, does anyone have a drop of red perhaps instead of the beer?



Enjoy . . .


Quote:

Originally Posted by Willowfrond (Post 8021494)
I'm not a lurker I just found the site about an hour ago and think it looks a great place to find knowledge.
I'm definitely a 50/50, always like to hear both sides of an argument and have some specific questions to research here.
Sane :confused: me? No!



Welcome to Klub Krackers™. Nobody here is sane.

http://www.internationalskeptics.com...4d65a7d360.gif


Quote:

Originally Posted by Willowfrond (Post 8021494)
What is an A/V guy?
World peace is way more important than Rugby but nowhere near as important as Australian Rules Football.



Audio/Visual?

Anyway, I also support whirled peas. And the mighty Benzines.


Quote:

Originally Posted by Willowfrond (Post 8021494)
Female, in my 50's (early 50's)
Cheers



Ruler of the Two Lands in my mid 3,000s.

Cheers right back at you.

COLONEL 14th February 2012 10:10 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Akhenaten (Post 8021537)

Why are you wasting good wine on NEWB'S when all we give them is fresh Goats milk until we get to know them????

azzthom 14th February 2012 12:01 PM

Hello all,

I'm Azzthom, in my very early 40's and from the UK. I found this place a few days ago while discussing a "psychic" on another forum. I liked what I read here and decided to sign up. I consider myself an open-minded and optimistic sceptic. That is, I don't believe the nonsense, but I would love to be proved wrong. I'm a materials engineer, so I have a good grounding in maths, physics and chemistry. I may not post much, but when I do post, I'll try to make it count. Thanks for having me!

COLONEL 14th February 2012 01:41 PM

Welcome Azzthom. Open Minded hey ? Well have a glass off our Goats milk while you ponder on what to do next, and if you see the Goat pat it on the head to let it know it is appreciated. If you meet a fellow named Shemp just do what ever he tells you to do :D

Akhenaten 14th February 2012 06:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by COLONEL (Post 8023001)
Why are you wasting good wine on NEWB'S when all we give them is fresh Goats milk until we get to know them????



Because when someone says "Please don't offer me milk of any kind (makes me be sick)" and "does anyone have a drop of red perhaps instead of the beer?" I think it seems more welcoming to accommodate those wishes than it does to label them with a somewhat demeaning epithet and completely ignore their requests.

Willowfrond 14th February 2012 09:06 PM

Thanks & ?
 
Thank you Akhenaten, That's a much nicer drop than I expected!:)

Colonel? Did my request mean I'm not welcome? :(

Ah well I've been other places where it took people a while to warm up to me!
:cool:

amb 15th February 2012 12:22 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Willowfrond (Post 8024840)
Thank you Akhenaten, That's a much nicer drop than I expected!:)

Colonel? Did my request mean I'm not welcome? :(

Ah well I've been other places where it took people a while to warm up to me!
:cool:

Well certainly not a bottle of bloody Grange!!! Your more than welcome, but a glass of goats milk or a Miller's Draft is the best we can offer you, take it or leave it!! :D

COLONEL 15th February 2012 09:44 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Willowfrond (Post 8024840)
Thank you Akhenaten, That's a much nicer drop than I expected!:)

Colonel? Did my request mean I'm not welcome? :(

Ah well I've been other places where it took people a while to warm up to me!
:cool:

No by all means, you are most welcome here. People come here all the time with open minds, but after a while for some reason they seem to become insane like the rest of us.Thats why we drink goats milk here it seems to help :D

cymbrelynn 15th February 2012 06:48 PM

Skeptic in training?
 
Hi there!

I'm relatively new to the world of skepticism and looking forward to diving in and learning how to glean the truth from the bull. For some background, I am "naturally skeptical" in that if someone makes a claim that doesn't seem substantiated I will automatically raise the eyebrow. I'm just not going to believe any old Joe because he came around and said "I saw it so I know Bigfoot is real!", (insert unproved thing here), etc. But as I've started to get into the skeptical movement I've discovered that it's much more than that and can be hard work.

What really drove me here is that I'm being inundated from friends on all sides about alternative medicine. I'm looking to learn how to distinguish what works vs what doesn't. I find I'm having the most difficult time in communicating how their subjective experience of a "medicine" working does not necessarily mean that the medicine actually works and am looking for some help on how to be able to better communicate skeptical viewpoints. I hope this is the right place!

Akhenaten 15th February 2012 07:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cymbrelynn (Post 8027864)
Hi there!

I'm relatively new to the world of skepticism and looking forward to diving in and learning how to glean the truth from the bull. For some background, I am "naturally skeptical" in that if someone makes a claim that doesn't seem substantiated I will automatically raise the eyebrow. I'm just not going to believe any old Joe because he came around and said "I saw it so I know Bigfoot is real!", (insert unproved thing here), etc. But as I've started to get into the skeptical movement I've discovered that it's much more than that and can be hard work.

What really drove me here is that I'm being inundated from friends on all sides about alternative medicine. I'm looking to learn how to distinguish what works vs what doesn't. I find I'm having the most difficult time in communicating how their subjective experience of a "medicine" working does not necessarily mean that the medicine actually works and am looking for some help on how to be able to better communicate skeptical viewpoints. I hope this is the right place!



Hi right back at you!

http://www.internationalskeptics.com...6e8b167056.gif

You'll be off to the Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology sub-forum I reckon. There's some scary smart people in there, so you're definitely in the right place.


Enjoy!

COLONEL 15th February 2012 07:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cymbrelynn (Post 8027864)
Hi there!

I'm looking to learn how to distinguish what works vs what doesn't. I hope this is the right place!

I can tell you what doesn't work ME I am retired :D

Welcome Have a glass of fresh Goats milk.

arthwollipot 16th February 2012 04:18 AM

Welsh, I assume, cymbrelynn?

terjoh 16th February 2012 10:57 AM

Long time reader...
 
... first time poster. At least I think this is my first post, it's been ages since I thought about this.

In any case, I'm a lifelong skeptic and freethinking guy.

COLONEL 16th February 2012 11:22 AM

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Originally Posted by terjoh (Post 8029627)
... first time poster. At least I think this is my first post, it's been ages since I thought about this.

In any case, I'm a lifelong skeptic and freethinking guy.

Welcome and by the looks of your post count that was your first post, Also let me offer you your first welcome glass of fresh Goats milk.

amb 16th February 2012 10:46 PM

Welcome terjoh. Just in time to try our new summer menu for newbs. It consists of rabbit salad served on a kangaroo mince mash and apples. Beverages are goats milk and Millers Draft beer. :D

Prometheus 17th February 2012 09:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by amb (Post 8031527)
Welcome terjoh. Just in time to try our new summer menu for newbs. It consists of rabbit salad served on a kangaroo mince mash and apples. Beverages are goats milk and Millers Draft beer. :D

Still haven't got the definition of 'beverage' down, have we? :p


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