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Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 12th August 2022, 12:43 AM
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Posted By arthwollipot
If it's unexplainable why are you trying to...

If it's unexplainable why are you trying to convince us that you have an explanation?
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 12th August 2022, 12:04 AM
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Posted By arthwollipot
My mistake. I apologise for misinterpreting....

My mistake. I apologise for misinterpreting. Regardless, the fact that the "object" is the exact same shape as the camera's aperture is pretty convincing.

What? No it hasn't.
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 11th August 2022, 11:03 PM
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Posted By arthwollipot
I am cursed with an irrational need to try.

I am cursed with an irrational need to try.
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 11th August 2022, 10:47 PM
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Posted By arthwollipot
You don't know what a lens flare is?...

You don't know what a lens flare is? Congratulations, you're one of today's lucky 10,000 (https://xkcd.com/1053).

Lens flare (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lens_flare) is where light is scattered...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 11th August 2022, 10:23 PM
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Views: 15,853
Posted By arthwollipot
You're still assuming that the Navy videos show...

You're still assuming that the Navy videos show something technological. The Triangle is a lens flare! Not even an object at all. An optical artefact. Gimbal is a regular commercial aircraft at a...
Forum: Computers and the Internet 11th August 2022, 08:36 PM
Replies: 1,345
Views: 76,158
Posted By arthwollipot
One of the best parts of having a week off next...

One of the best parts of having a week off next week is going to be not taking VIP calls.
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 11th August 2022, 07:44 PM
Replies: 1,274
Views: 15,853
Posted By arthwollipot
They're not fake videos. They are genuine videos....

They're not fake videos. They are genuine videos. But there's no proof that they show aliens.

Let's see if I can make explicit the cognitive leap that we're questioning:

1. Weird video
2....
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 11th August 2022, 07:27 PM
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Posted By arthwollipot
Ain't that the truth.

Ain't that the truth.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 11th August 2022, 07:18 PM
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Posted By arthwollipot
If she asked, I would of course provide my...

If she asked, I would of course provide my opinion. Unsolicited? No.

Your marriage does not include an agreement to monogamy? Most do, but open marriages are certainly possible. With such an...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 11th August 2022, 01:56 AM
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Posted By arthwollipot
Nick Pope is a journalist, not a scientist. ...

Nick Pope is a journalist, not a scientist.

Ben Hansen is a chiropractor, so very much not a scientist.

Mary Rodwell is a nurse, and has an active financial interest in promoting the idea of...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 11th August 2022, 01:48 AM
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Views: 15,853
Posted By arthwollipot
Furthermore, "scientist" doesn't describe just...

Furthermore, "scientist" doesn't describe just one field of inquiry. There are many different fields of science - biology, chemistry, physics, etc, and many subcategories thereof. I don't know what...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 11th August 2022, 01:30 AM
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Posted By arthwollipot
How many of them have you contacted? How...

How many of them have you contacted?

How many responded?
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 11th August 2022, 01:17 AM
Replies: 1,274
Views: 15,853
Posted By arthwollipot
A real scientist would probably not even bother...

A real scientist would probably not even bother to give you the time of day. They've got work to do and are generally disinclined to investigate random people on the internet with the vaguest of...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 11th August 2022, 12:50 AM
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Views: 15,853
Posted By arthwollipot
Hey! Some muppets are highly educated...

Hey! Some muppets are highly educated (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bunsen_Honeydew), if you please!
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 10th August 2022, 11:42 PM
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Views: 15,853
Posted By arthwollipot
If you feel someone has been uncivil to you, you...

If you feel someone has been uncivil to you, you can Report the post by using the little button at the bottom left of the post, which looks like a triangle with a ! in the middle.

Just don't abuse...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 10th August 2022, 11:11 PM
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Posted By arthwollipot
I just don't want you to get into trouble with...

I just don't want you to get into trouble with the forum Moderators, CJ.
Forum: History, Literature, and the Arts 10th August 2022, 11:06 PM
Replies: 3,160
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Posted By arthwollipot
When I was a kid we used to go on day trips for...

When I was a kid we used to go on day trips for picnics on Pine Island, which is now just down the hill from the Tuggeranong Town Centre.
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 10th August 2022, 11:04 PM
Replies: 1,274
Views: 15,853
Posted By arthwollipot
The Phoenix lights were flares launched by...

The Phoenix lights were flares launched by aircraft from the 104th Fighter Squadron of the Maryland Air National Guard (https://skeptoid.com/episodes/4041), who treat the entire story as a huge joke....
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 10th August 2022, 08:51 PM
Replies: 685
Views: 21,659
Posted By arthwollipot
I've just encountered this old thread. Thought...

I've just encountered this old thread. Thought some here might get a kick out of it.

http://www.internationalskeptics.com/forums/showthread.php?t=136045
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 10th August 2022, 07:41 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 2,520
Posted By arthwollipot
You know what's really unnatural? Buildings. Big...

You know what's really unnatural? Buildings. Big boxes that humans put on top of nature to keep nature out so that we can eat and sleep and work comfortably.
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 10th August 2022, 07:24 PM
Replies: 1,274
Views: 15,853
Posted By arthwollipot
I'd like to reiterate a couple of points that...

I'd like to reiterate a couple of points that were brought up by others but may have been missed in the flurry of posts.

1. There are lots of reasons why someone might wake up still tired after a...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 10th August 2022, 06:54 PM
Replies: 253
Views: 6,192
Posted By arthwollipot
As I said pages and pages ago, you can't prevent...

As I said pages and pages ago, you can't prevent prostitution. You can only prevent safe prostitution.
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 10th August 2022, 06:36 PM
Replies: 3,205
Views: 105,540
Posted By arthwollipot
Oh, very nice. :thumbsup: Nominated.

Oh, very nice. :thumbsup: Nominated.
Forum: History, Literature, and the Arts 10th August 2022, 06:13 PM
Replies: 3,160
Views: 652,941
Posted By arthwollipot
This is fascinating. Probing Canberra's...

This is fascinating. Probing Canberra's north-south divide using statistical analysis of Census data.

Canberra is changing, though census data shows divide between north and south suburbs remains...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 10th August 2022, 01:32 AM
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Posted By arthwollipot
Wtf would an alien be interested in flashing a...

Wtf would an alien be interested in flashing a light at you?
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 10th August 2022, 01:31 AM
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Posted By arthwollipot
How do you know enough about "top secret stuff"...

How do you know enough about "top secret stuff" that you know it can't do it? Do I need to report a national security breach?
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 10th August 2022, 01:09 AM
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Views: 15,853
Posted By arthwollipot
Indeed. The conceptual leap from "I don't know...

Indeed. The conceptual leap from "I don't know what is happening" to "I therefore know that it's aliens" is profoundly irrational.
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 10th August 2022, 12:40 AM
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Views: 15,853
Posted By arthwollipot
You're obviously not familiar enough with his...

You're obviously not familiar enough with his work.

No, I can't speak for Tim. His lyrics speak for themselves. His 9-minute beat poem Storm is an anthem to skepticism.

HhGuXCuDb1U

(Produced...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 10th August 2022, 12:19 AM
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Views: 15,853
Posted By arthwollipot
Informed speculation. Do you even know who Tim...

Informed speculation. Do you even know who Tim Minchin is?
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 10th August 2022, 12:17 AM
Replies: 1,274
Views: 15,853
Posted By arthwollipot
What are they doing to people? Shining lights on...

What are they doing to people? Shining lights on their front porch while they're asleep?
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 10th August 2022, 12:17 AM
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Views: 15,853
Posted By arthwollipot
Tic Tacs were first released in 1969 so there's...

Tic Tacs were first released in 1969 so there's no way he said that in the 50s.
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 10th August 2022, 12:15 AM
Replies: 1,274
Views: 15,853
Posted By arthwollipot
I bet he would.

I bet he would.
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 9th August 2022, 11:09 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 2,520
Posted By arthwollipot
Actually, no. The Greeks were even more precise...

Actually, no. The Greeks were even more precise than that. Both "phobos" and "deimos" meant fear - different kinds of fear. Phobos was the panic felt during battle, and deimos was the dread felt...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 9th August 2022, 11:00 PM
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Views: 15,853
Posted By arthwollipot
For some reason this quote from the great...

For some reason this quote from the great philosopher Tim Minchin comes to mind:
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 9th August 2022, 08:56 PM
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Views: 2,837
Posted By arthwollipot
Interesting! Thanks for that.

Interesting! Thanks for that.
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 9th August 2022, 08:44 PM
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Views: 15,853
Posted By arthwollipot
Nick Pope was never a skeptic.

Nick Pope was never a skeptic.
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 9th August 2022, 08:34 PM
Replies: 1,274
Views: 15,853
Posted By arthwollipot
I don't know. Neither do you.

I don't know. Neither do you.
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 9th August 2022, 08:29 PM
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Views: 15,853
Posted By arthwollipot
I am 52 years old and I've been sitting back and...

I am 52 years old and I've been sitting back and waiting for more evidence all my life. It never comes.
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 9th August 2022, 08:15 PM
Replies: 1,274
Views: 15,853
Posted By arthwollipot
I am not in the habit of drawing conclusions from...

I am not in the habit of drawing conclusions from insufficient evidence.

I saw a light. That's all. A light is not sufficient evidence to draw the conclusion that an alien flew a spacecraft for...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 9th August 2022, 07:32 PM
Replies: 1,274
Views: 15,853
Posted By arthwollipot
I saw a light. That's all. I can't draw any...

I saw a light. That's all. I can't draw any conclusions from that.
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 9th August 2022, 07:32 PM
Replies: 1,274
Views: 15,853
Posted By arthwollipot
On the contrary, I believe that the universe is...

On the contrary, I believe that the universe is probably teeming with life. Life appeared on this planet pretty much as soon as conditions permitted it, and very quickly expanded to fill every...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 9th August 2022, 07:12 PM
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Views: 15,853
Posted By arthwollipot
Small town in the remote outback, sure. A state...

Small town in the remote outback, sure. A state capital like Adelaide? Yeah, we'd notice that pretty much straight away.
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 9th August 2022, 06:50 PM
Replies: 1,274
Views: 15,853
Posted By arthwollipot
A lack of a better explanation is not a...

A lack of a better explanation is not a requirement to demonstrate the insufficiency of the evidence.
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 9th August 2022, 06:47 PM
Replies: 1,274
Views: 15,853
Posted By arthwollipot
It's been closer every year now for decades. How...

It's been closer every year now for decades. How much longer will we have to wait?
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 9th August 2022, 06:44 PM
Replies: 1,274
Views: 15,853
Posted By arthwollipot
It's not in a tree, but this cormorant was about...

It's not in a tree, but this cormorant was about 70m away when I took this photo on the shore of Lake Alexandrina in 2007.

https://live.staticflickr.com/4089/5053323169_74556498ee_c.jpg...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 9th August 2022, 01:09 AM
Replies: 1,274
Views: 15,853
Posted By arthwollipot
Yes, the one where the "object" in the Triangle...

Yes, the one where the "object" in the Triangle video just happens to have the exact same shape as the aperture of that model of camera is very, very clear.
Forum: Computers and the Internet 9th August 2022, 12:05 AM
Replies: 1,345
Views: 76,158
Posted By arthwollipot
Couldn't have done it without you, Norm.

Couldn't have done it without you, Norm.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 8th August 2022, 11:50 PM
Replies: 253
Views: 6,192
Posted By arthwollipot
To be fair, sex has long been a highly charged...

To be fair, sex has long been a highly charged subject in some parts of the world. The US would not be the only place where that might happen.
Forum: Computers and the Internet 8th August 2022, 11:46 PM
Replies: 1,345
Views: 76,158
Posted By arthwollipot
I've actually done some sleuthing and worked it...

I've actually done some sleuthing and worked it out. A DoN is a Deed of Novation, which is used to legally transfer the rights and responsibilities of a contract from one entity to another. In this...
Forum: Computers and the Internet 8th August 2022, 11:28 PM
Replies: 1,345
Views: 76,158
Posted By arthwollipot
Of course. I call it a sparrow in the stairwell....

Of course. I call it a sparrow in the stairwell. One time we had someone call the Help Desk (it was before they were called Service Desks) because a literal bird had become trapped in a stairwell.
...
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