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About Phactum Special EditionsEach Phactum Special Edition will be a member-contributed article having a single theme likely to interest other skeptics. By virtue of distribution in electronic format only, these special editions will provide a place for articles longer than we can accommodate in our normal publication. Submissions must be in an electronic format that is easily readable.
Articles must be written to be comprehensible to bright laymen and by the editor and others that he may call upon for advice. Subject matter can be controversial. Matters wildly in opposition to the zeitgeist of mainstream skepticism are welcome. As skeptics, we tend to dwell on topics of science, superstition, quackery, etc. -- but let's not forget history, biography, poetry, philosophy, and many other topics that make life so interesting.
We encourage readers with expertise in a field to participate, and we also encourage laymen to investigate a topic and write it up. It is a great way to educate oneself and educate others as well.
"We are at the very beginning of time for the human race. It is not unreasonable that we grapple with problems. But there are tens of thousands of years in the future. Our responsibility is to do what we can, learn what we can, improve the solutions, and pass them on." -- Richard P. Feynman
Opposing and concurring viewpoints can be expressed in Letters to the Editor, which may be printed in Phactum, or by way of letters to the author.