The "Talking Donkey" Scenario. This is a scenario, not about proving God exists, but rather to show the problems of being too sckeptical, and being judged too harshly by those who are.
Say a friend gives you miniature, long eared donkey with a bright smile (think Shrek). When you get the little guy home, he starts talking and won't shut up. Naturally you're skeptical and analytical, and do many experiments to ensure, to the best of all your senses, that Donkey actually is talking to you (and once again, won't shut up). You give questions, he reacts, and by the end you are convinced.
So, you want to tell others about this incredible donkey. You bring over a few other "science minded" friends, and immediately Donkey shuts up (he's not stupid after all). Naturally all of your friends have a good laugh and offer you suggestions like: "maybe you were hallucinating", "you’re a liar", "you’re either stupid or insane", “it’s never happened to me”, “donkeys don’t talk”, “it’s not proveable”, and finally "stop drinking".
Now you're really pissed, so you hide a video camera, and tape a few minute of him laughing about how dumb your friends are. You send the video to some "official scientists". They say it has either been dubbed, animated, or is otherwise a total fake.
In desperation you write a journal about everything Donkey and you do. Of course the rest of the world thinks you are a lunatic, but at least you have chronicled the events so that anyone else in the future who encounters a talking donkey, will understand how it is. Eventually people will think you made up the whole thing merely for notoriety, or that it is purely fictional.
Also, we can't forget the old woman who tried to sell him (in the movie, Shrek). She tried faking the words, and making his mouth move (aka a poor ventriloquist). Unfortunately we have a lot of people trying to do that with their deities, and quite frankly it is just as insulting to our intelligence as she was. Never-the-less, the same results are true: Donkey talks, but nobody believes it.
1. The problem with being too skeptical is that even true results, if they are not typical, they are usually cast out or frowned upon. In the scenario, you used perfect science to determine Donkey actually talks. However, because the results are atypical, everyone else rejects them.
2. As with experiments relating to God, the Talking Donkey experiments were not repeatable to others because it involved a second intelligent being with a different agenda than everyone else.
Does donkey talk- Yes.
Would it be accepted by the scientific community- No.
That is the problem with being too skeptical, it might just miss the truth.
Okay, I know the scenario is over simplistic and that it neither proves there is a God, or that donkeys can talk. It is just a thought excercise about thinking outside the box.
"Sorry, the job of annoying talking animal has already been taken."