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Introduction to forteana :

Generally: any subject or data regarded as anomalous relative to specific or general orthodox opinion. Falls into two major classes:

Hard: phenomena yeilding tangible evidence
Soft: largely relying on narrative or inferred evidence

There are erroneous usages of the word Fortean too. I have seen it
applied generally to mean useless knowledge and curious trivia (which
might be true to some extent) - and it is used by some Skeptics as being
synonymous with a credulous belief in the supernatural (which is wholly

What Forteanism is *not* is a belief in the Supernatural. Forteans are
rationalists in the sense that they accept that the 'unknown' is simply
the mis-perceived, mis-understood and the not-yet-explained. A belief in
God-derived miracles - by definition, external interventions in, or
overturnings of, Nature itself - is diametrically opposed to Forteanism
which, nevertheless, regards supernatural belief as a 'system of

The list serves a number of functions. Some are using to report news
Some are using it to discuss those items and even other Fortean threads.
Still others treat it as a kind of rolling party conversation around the
themes that interest Forteans.

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