some folks say they're a skeptic when it comes to this that or the other thing. that's cool. i usually ask which skeptic? cause skepticism in the scientific sense is a good thing. keeps progress from being sidetracked by nonsense. on the other hand, when a lay person says skepticism they usually mean denial. which is a huge difference. the former is, i don't believe you yet. the latter is, i won't believe you ever. if you're going to call yourself a skeptic then please wander over to bad astronomy. lotta good info there from the folks who defined the term. like the amazing randi.