In a message dated 09/16/1999 5:32:29 AM Eastern Daylight Time, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
> There’s a great Carl Sagan quote: “Extraordinary claims require
> evidence.” If you tell me you’ve found a new species of beetle in the
> I’ll take your word for it. If you tell me you were visited by aliens,
> prepare to be debunked!
Carl always had a very good point to that quote, however, we have to focus on the listener and their level of credulity--a 2 way street. The listener carries their own excess baggage of cultural and personal opinions, atttudes, and beliefs.