Why be skeptical, one might ask.  What is skepticism, exactly? 

I imagine that the vast majority of those that inadvertently land on this page care little about rationalistic nitpicking, let alone giving a rat’s ass about whatever the hell it might mean to be skeptical.  Nonetheless, to my few regular readers, whether they be real or a figment of my most optimistic fantasies, I thought it only fair to come clean.  Since many of my posts, and indeed my general view of the world is largely coloured by these ideas, it seemed unfair to be anything but perfectly honest about what they are.