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Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 15th August 2022, 12:29 PM
Replies: 3,127
Views: 176,147
Posted By Pixel42
My guess would be that it was mostly due to the...

My guess would be that it was mostly due to the average life expectancy of Africans being sixty something, and the POTUS being a moron.

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I think we had all the data we needed to support the...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 14th August 2022, 10:03 PM
Replies: 1,274
Views: 15,721
Posted By Pixel42
There's nothing nice about ignorant people coming...

There's nothing nice about ignorant people coming up with ignorant (albeit highly imaginative) explanations of perfectly mundane and understandable occurrences in order to make themselves feel...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 14th August 2022, 02:22 AM
Replies: 1,274
Views: 15,721
Posted By Pixel42
It's hard to reply to someone who's only intent...

It's hard to reply to someone who's only intent is to cling to a belief in which they are heavily emotionally invested but cannot support with objective evidence or reasonable argument.

If your...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 13th August 2022, 07:13 PM
Replies: 1,274
Views: 15,721
Posted By Pixel42
Where I live in rural Wiltshire in the UK power...

Where I live in rural Wiltshire in the UK power cuts are quite common, maybe 5 or 6 times a year. In the majority of cases the power comes back on again a few seconds later, which is presumably the...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 13th August 2022, 11:35 AM
Replies: 1,274
Views: 15,721
Posted By Pixel42
You just blew up my irony meter.

You just blew up my irony meter.
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 12th August 2022, 11:46 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 732
Posted By Pixel42
One common factor in a lot of this stuff is the...

One common factor in a lot of this stuff is the conviction that one's own intuition and subjective experiences are the most reliable guide to reality there is, even if decades of painstaking...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 12th August 2022, 07:06 AM
Replies: 1,274
Views: 15,721
Posted By Pixel42
The quote that keeps occurring to me is "A little...

The quote that keeps occurring to me is "A little knowledge is a dangerous thing".
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 12th August 2022, 05:20 AM
Replies: 1,274
Views: 15,721
Posted By Pixel42
You clearly are not using logic to answer any of...

You clearly are not using logic to answer any of your questions, just wishful thinking.


"Maybe" is the only honest answer to this question.


Again, "maybe" is the only honest answer. The...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 12th August 2022, 03:46 AM
Replies: 1,274
Views: 15,721
Posted By Pixel42
No proof has yet come from the US government. No...

No proof has yet come from the US government. No objective evidence has yet come from the US government. The only thing that has come from the US government is some videos which they have been unable...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 12th August 2022, 03:40 AM
Replies: 1,274
Views: 15,721
Posted By Pixel42
Show me where the US Navy or the US Government...

Show me where the US Navy or the US Government have stated that these videos are evidence of, let alone proof of, alien visitations. The most they've ever done is acknowledge that cannot always be...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 12th August 2022, 01:21 AM
Replies: 1,274
Views: 15,721
Posted By Pixel42
People with far more relevant expertise than I...

People with far more relevant expertise than I possess have analysed these videos and found none that can only be explained by alien technology, as you would know if your "research" was not so...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 11th August 2022, 11:19 PM
Replies: 1,274
Views: 15,721
Posted By Pixel42
Why do you keep doing this? No one here has...

Why do you keep doing this?

No one here has disputed the existence of these (mostly unfaked) videos, any more than they have disputed the possibility of intelligent life elsewhere in the universe....
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 11th August 2022, 06:56 AM
Replies: 1,274
Views: 15,721
Posted By Pixel42
I doubt that they can travel vast distances, but...

I doubt that they can travel vast distances, but I don't rule it out.

You still don't seem to have grasped that your hypothesis is being doubted not because it's inherently impossible, but because...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 11th August 2022, 05:33 AM
Replies: 1,274
Views: 15,721
Posted By Pixel42
Nobody here is arguing that aliens don't exist,...

Nobody here is arguing that aliens don't exist, so why do you keep pretending they are?


The only thing they have as proof of what? Once again, we are not arguing they don't exist, let alone...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 11th August 2022, 02:59 AM
Replies: 1,274
Views: 15,721
Posted By Pixel42
My brother-in-law did not see them, he believed...

My brother-in-law did not see them, he believed in them because he was the most proudly ignorant and credulous person I ever knew. His belief in anything was inversely proportional to the available...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 11th August 2022, 02:31 AM
Replies: 1,274
Views: 15,721
Posted By Pixel42
My late brother-in-law was not correct, he...

My late brother-in-law was not correct, he expected them to have revealed themselves long before now.


The only evidence that exists is videos like the one you supplied. Unreliable records of...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 11th August 2022, 02:14 AM
Replies: 1,274
Views: 15,721
Posted By Pixel42
I don't need to do any of that because I know the...

I don't need to do any of that because I know the answers already. I've been a keen amateur astronomer all my life.

I think it highly likely that the universe is teeming with life, though I...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 11th August 2022, 02:05 AM
Replies: 1,274
Views: 15,721
Posted By Pixel42
I don't have a theory about them. You have an...

I don't have a theory about them. You have an hypothesis about them.

Everything I said about your hypothesis is true.

Until you can support your hypothesis with objective evidence the null...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 11th August 2022, 01:32 AM
Replies: 1,274
Views: 15,721
Posted By Pixel42
I disagree. You clearly do not have the necessary...

I disagree. You clearly do not have the necessary skills.



FTFY

More specifically: a scientist observes the objective evidence, forms an hypothesis to explain it, and then tests that...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 11th August 2022, 01:10 AM
Replies: 1,274
Views: 15,721
Posted By Pixel42
Because it's the only way to determine if what...

Because it's the only way to determine if what your video shows is entirely explained by what you would discover.
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 11th August 2022, 01:04 AM
Replies: 1,274
Views: 15,721
Posted By Pixel42
Scepticism and science go hand in hand, many of...

Scepticism and science go hand in hand, many of the sceptics here are scientists. Scepticism and science both require the acquisition and application of critical thinking skills.

In order to...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 11th August 2022, 12:36 AM
Replies: 1,274
Views: 15,721
Posted By Pixel42
1. The poster in question did not call you a...

1. The poster in question did not call you a troll. His/her exact words were "Your behavior, intentionally or not, is functionally that of a troll". You don't need to actually be a troll to...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 10th August 2022, 11:00 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,579
Posted By Pixel42
Ever since the expansion of the universe was...

Ever since the expansion of the universe was first discovered it had been assumed that it was slowing down due to gravity. The only question was whether there was enough matter in the universe for...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 10th August 2022, 07:44 AM
Replies: 1,274
Views: 15,721
Posted By Pixel42
I've seen loads of high resolution photos of...

I've seen loads of high resolution photos of alien craft and creatures, having seen loads of science fiction films and TV series which heavily feature them. So it would certainly take more than that...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 10th August 2022, 06:55 AM
Replies: 1,274
Views: 15,721
Posted By Pixel42
OK. So if that doesn't happen in the next...

OK.

So if that doesn't happen in the next 5-10 years, will you accept that you are mistaken? That your highly imaginative interpretation of what is going on in your, and other, videos is not...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 10th August 2022, 06:18 AM
Replies: 1,274
Views: 15,721
Posted By Pixel42
The ones leaked and/or released already have not...

The ones leaked and/or released already have not exactly been convincing evidence, more of the same will be a long way from "confirmation they are real". So what exactly is it you are expecting to...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 10th August 2022, 05:21 AM
Replies: 1,274
Views: 15,721
Posted By Pixel42
There are numerous explanations for UAPs. A small...

There are numerous explanations for UAPs. A small percentage are unexplained, because there is insufficient information available to explain them. Whilst alien spacecraft cannot always be completely...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 10th August 2022, 05:15 AM
Replies: 1,274
Views: 15,721
Posted By Pixel42
I've been assured that will happen any day now...

I've been assured that will happen any day now all my life. I'll be 69 on Sunday. How much longer must I wait?
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 10th August 2022, 05:13 AM
Replies: 1,274
Views: 15,721
Posted By Pixel42
Tens of thousands of people making a simple and...

Tens of thousands of people making a simple and understandable mistake is no more remarkable than hundreds of people doing so.
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 10th August 2022, 05:09 AM
Replies: 1,274
Views: 15,721
Posted By Pixel42
Most reasonable is, however, the sensible...

Most reasonable is, however, the sensible assumption until and unless there is evidence - actual, objective evidence - which necessitates entertaining less likely explanations.
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 10th August 2022, 02:34 AM
Replies: 1,274
Views: 15,721
Posted By Pixel42
Once again: the videos are hardly ever faked,...

Once again: the videos are hardly ever faked, they are just unclear enough to be interpreted - let's say imaginatively - by those determined to do so. Those so determined are rarely crazy, they are...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 10th August 2022, 02:18 AM
Replies: 1,274
Views: 15,721
Posted By Pixel42
If that's really all you've got then you've got...

If that's really all you've got then you've got nothing.

My late brother-in-law was as utterly convinced as you that aliens were already here and would reveal themselves any day now. He died...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 10th August 2022, 01:56 AM
Replies: 1,274
Views: 15,721
Posted By Pixel42
Looking at every frame of a video will not...

Looking at every frame of a video will not produce an explanation for what it is showing if (a) there simply isn't enough information in the video to work it out or (b) there is enough information...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 10th August 2022, 01:36 AM
Replies: 1,274
Views: 15,721
Posted By Pixel42
I'm pretty sure smartcooky could. But even...

I'm pretty sure smartcooky could.

But even if nobody could, that wouldn't justify leaping to the conclusion that it's alien technology. There may simply not be enough information to work out what...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 10th August 2022, 12:57 AM
Replies: 1,274
Views: 15,721
Posted By Pixel42
Absolute nonsense. Plausible explanations which...

Absolute nonsense. Plausible explanations which don't involve alien technology have been offered, and even if they hadn't jumping from "I don't understand exactly what's going on here" to "it's alien...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 9th August 2022, 06:56 AM
Replies: 1,274
Views: 15,721
Posted By Pixel42
Even though you can't think of a mundane...

Even though you can't think of a mundane explanation for this one off event that doesn't mean there isn't one. There may just be insufficient information available to work out what it was. And as it...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 9th August 2022, 06:44 AM
Replies: 1,274
Views: 15,721
Posted By Pixel42
Even if no one can think of a mundane explanation...

Even if no one can think of a mundane explanation for a one off event that doesn't mean there isn't one. There may just be insufficient information available to work out what it was. And as it's a...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 9th August 2022, 05:31 AM
Replies: 1,274
Views: 15,721
Posted By Pixel42
Yes, until the circumstances arise which cause...

Yes, until the circumstances arise which cause them to be honestly mistaken themselves they are sceptical about the things other people are honestly mistaken about.

There's a reason why anecdotal...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 9th August 2022, 05:00 AM
Replies: 1,274
Views: 15,721
Posted By Pixel42
Why do you ignore the "honestly mistaken"...

Why do you ignore the "honestly mistaken" possibility, which is by far the most likely explanation?

Most people have no idea just how easily they can inadvertently fool themselves into believing...
Forum: Conspiracies and Conspiracy Theories 8th August 2022, 11:27 PM
Replies: 1,117
Views: 189,434
Posted By Pixel42
I thought the famous pee tape was supposed to...

I thought the famous pee tape was supposed to show Russian hookers peeing on the hotel bed Barack and Michelle Obama had previously slept in whilst Trump watched?
Forum: Conspiracies and Conspiracy Theories 8th August 2022, 10:46 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 8,748
Posted By Pixel42
You pronounce the 'e' but not the 'c', IIRC.

You pronounce the 'e' but not the 'c', IIRC.
Forum: Conspiracies and Conspiracy Theories 8th August 2022, 01:27 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 8,748
Posted By Pixel42
Weird, I could have sworn it was longer ago than...

Weird, I could have sworn it was longer ago than that. Senior moment. :o
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 8th August 2022, 12:48 AM
Replies: 250
Views: 6,015
Posted By Pixel42
Oh my darling little baby What will you grow up...

Oh my darling little baby
What will you grow up to be?
Prime Minister of England?
Or the King of Italy?
We waited thirty years or more
To see what he would be
He's now a dustman in Chiswick
Oh...
Forum: USA Politics 7th August 2022, 11:40 AM
Replies: 740
Views: 29,741
Posted By Pixel42
I read an article (can't remember where, sorry)...

I read an article (can't remember where, sorry) shortly after the lockdowns ended, when there was a big shortage of staff, saying that a lot of people who were furloughed during them simply seem to...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 7th August 2022, 09:18 AM
Replies: 2,154
Views: 291,651
Posted By Pixel42
Does the Operation Yewtree...

Does the Operation Yewtree (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Yewtree) scandal (amongst many, many others) suggest that it is a bad idea to allow heterosexual men to hang around with young...
Forum: USA Politics 6th August 2022, 11:31 PM
Replies: 413
Views: 11,973
Posted By Pixel42
The former not at all, the latter (at least...

The former not at all, the latter (at least recently) absolutely.
Forum: Conspiracies and Conspiracy Theories 6th August 2022, 10:15 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 8,748
Posted By Pixel42
Agreed, but it's possible to be antisemitic and...

Agreed, but it's possible to be antisemitic and also suffer from other delusions. Likely, even.
Forum: USA Politics 6th August 2022, 10:04 PM
Replies: 413
Views: 11,973
Posted By Pixel42
You mean they still want to make your country a...

You mean they still want to make your country a better place to live for all its citizens, not just the rich ones? Outrageous.
Forum: Conspiracies and Conspiracy Theories 6th August 2022, 10:35 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 8,748
Posted By Pixel42
No. I prefer humour that makes me laugh rather...

No. I prefer humour that makes me laugh rather than cringe.
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 4th August 2022, 09:15 AM
Replies: 1,318
Views: 115,634
Posted By Pixel42
Unless you can give me an example of a religious...

Unless you can give me an example of a religious belief you hold which you can support using critical thinking and/or the scientific method you have no grounds to disagree.


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