This website, as well as that of the Tampa Bay Skeptics, was started largely to help satisfy
the media's demand for skeptical sources of information on paranormal and fringe-science topics. I certainly mean no offense to anyone or their
I actually grew up believing in all sorts of paranormal phenomena, especially UFOs. It wasn't until I was in my 20s that I was
introduced to the concept of "critical thinking" and began to realize that perhaps I had been misled in my youth. The story of
this process of discovery is the subject of my chapter in Skeptical Odysseys.
My mind remains open to the unlikely possibility that paranormal phenomena are real after all. All I seek are the actual
facts, which, as I have learned, can often be disillusioning. But I have found that the thrill of discovering the genuine
wonders of the universe, as revealed by science, more than compensates.
I realize that most people hold supernatural beliefs of their own and may not be interested in opening their minds,
as I did, to the possibility that they also may have been misled. And that's fine. But please consider reading
Daniel Loxton's elegant essay
about what he terms the "beauty . . . to be seen in skepticismís noble tradition of necessary service."