There is a big problem in the skeptical community. There is rampant obscuration of the truth by prominent skeptics who have misled masses of people. Skeptics often say that believers in the paranormal have been fooled by charlatans but it is the skeptics who have been fooled by prominent members of their community who seem to be more interested in winning the debate than in illuminating the truth.
Don't believe me?
Have a look at these links (excerpts below).
Richard Dawkins refuses to consider peer reviewed scientific studies in a debunking documentary.
James Randi who claims mediums routinely use cold reading to fool people fails to demonstrate it that can be done:
Randi FAQ makes incorrect claims about parapsychology
Randi forced to retract false statements about paranormal research:
Michael Prescott discusses rampant innacuracy in a chapter of a book by Randi.
I am trying to collect more evidence of this rampant disregard for the truth by prominent skeptics and would appreciate it if others would post any other examples they may be aware of.
Here are more details:
Richard seemed uneasy and said, "I don’t want to discuss evidence". "Why not?" I asked. "There isn’t time. It’s too complicated. And that’s not what this programme is about." The camera stopped.
The Director, Russell Barnes, confirmed that he too was not interested in evidence. The film he was making was another Dawkins polemic.
I said to Russell, "If you’re treating telepathy as an irrational belief, surely evidence about whether it exists or not is essential for the discussion. If telepathy occurs, it’s not irrational to believe in it. I thought that’s what we were going to talk about. I made it clear from the outset that I wasn’t interested in taking part in another low grade debunking exercise."
"A meta-analysis of the database, published in 1989, examined 800 experiments by more than 60 researchers over the preceding 30 years. The effect size was found to be very small, but remarkably consistent, resulting in an overall statistical deviation of approximately 15 standard errors from a chance effect. The probability that the observed effect was actually zero (i.e., no psi) was less than one part in a trillion, verifying that human consciousness can indeed affect the behavior of a random physical system."
That's 800 experiments by more than 60 researchers over the preceding 30 years demonstrating odds of a trillion to one in favor of psychokenesis being real.
Michael Prescott discusses rampant innacuracy in just a chapter of a book by Randi.
research of the skeptics on Dr. Susan Blackmore
Skeptical Investigations - Investigating the Skeptics - Anomalistics - Research of the Skeptics
George Hansen review of Professor Ray Hyman's book the elusive Agenda
Review of The Elusive Quarry by Ray Hyman
A reply to Michael Shermer '' medical evidence for nde by Dr. Pim Van Lommel
Skeptical Investigations - Investigating Skeptics - Media Skeptics - Medical Evidence for NDEs
Unscienific statement on the non -existence of telepathy refuting Michael Shermer by Dr. Petrus Pennanen
Skeptical Investigations - Investigating Skeptics - Media Skeptics - Non-existence of Telepathy
Shermer distorts the meaning of skepticism
Skeptical Investigations - Investigating Skeptics - Media Skeptics - Statements By Critics of Michael Shermer
Richard Wiseman attempts to debunk evidence on dogs by Dr. Rupert Sheldrake
Dialogues and Controversies - Controversies - Richard Wiseman - Evidence on Dogs
Respected scientists? The Natasha Demkina Case
By Mary Rose Barrington
How Martin Gardner bamboozled his readers
Michael Prescott's Blog: How Martin Gardner bamboozled his readers
A critique of Susan Blackmore's Dying Brain Hypothesis by Greg Stone
Greg Stone - A critique of Susan Blackmore and the dying brain hypothesis
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