If you have found this place then you are probably of the sceptical persuasion.
If you are not then this is a good place to start.
Lets start off by talking about scepticism
"Scepticism (from the Greek, skeptesthai, 'to examine') is the philosophical view that it is impossible to know anything with absolute certainty, or to know the world as it 'really' is. The word can also mean a general reluctance to accept anything on face value without sufficient proof (as in "He heard that Jim had run the 100m in under ten seconds but he remained sceptical")."
It modern terms however to be sceptical is simply to doubt until you receive real proof.
A true sceptic will always remain open minded, all it takes to convince a sceptic is real proof.
Notice how I use the term "real proof" this is to differentiate it from personal proof, which is something completely different. Personal proof is often the claim used by people who believe in something that the rest of us our sceptical about.
"I received personal proof that the medium does talk to the dead."
Usually this personal proof would involve the person being convinced, as opposed to them witnessing actual proof.
Ask yourself do you believe that David Copperfield made the Statue of Liberty disappear? Of course you don't, you know it is a magic trick, but how do you know? Simple because he calls himself a magician.
With psychics, healers, mediums etc they are claiming what they do is real, and unfortunately when people like this perform a trick, because they claim it is real some people take this claim at face value and thus they believe.
The best magicians are the ones that make you think what they do is real.
Remember always be sceptical, especially when it involves claims that break the laws of physics.
And personal proof is never enough.