Thursday, October 12, 2006

Debunking the debunkers

I find it comical that some of those who deny psychic activity use psychic explanations to deny the findings.

There have been several who have claimed that what appears to be mediumship could be explained by telepathy.

Um... I thought you people didn't believe in psychic ability? How can you use one type of ability to deny another, when you don't believe in either? I don't consider that a scientific approach.

The Society for Scientific Exploration has been putting a lot of its older issues online, free to everyone. Here's a particularly good article on the subject.

If you can't get that directly, start here and click on 'Communicating with the dead', then on the full-text link. It's a PDF file so you'll need the Adobe Acrobat reader.

2 comments:

Southern Writer said...

I'm going to have to come back and read the article later, but I can tell you I am no fan of CSICOP. They did a number on Michel Gauquelin when he produced evidence in support of astrology.

Romulus Crowe said...

CSICOP claim to be objective, but they are far from that. They begin every investigation with the premise that they are dealing with a fraud. They will use only the evidence that suits them in their reports.

As a bastion of the scientific method, they have as much credibility as Randi, the stage magician who works with them.

I have to wonder why these people invest so much time and effort in the 'study' of something they don't believe exists. It's like setting up a research institute to investigate the Easter bunny and Santa Claus.

Who would fund that?

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