Why does it, more often than not, seem that when reality is offered the skeptics become mute?
I think you will find that skeptics are anything but mute if you post at the right forums. I advice the JREF forums. There are unfortunately a few rude members there, as with any forum that considers free speech a virtue, but I think if you present your case honestly and politely you will receive honest and polite skeptical responses. That's certainly my experience when I'm lurking on the forum.
Here's the link to the " General Skepticism and The Paranormal" forum: http://forums.randi....display.php?f=7