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Skeptical about Skeptics!

This website is dedicated to countering the dogmatic and frequently ill-informed attacks levelled by self-styled skeptics on parapsychology and pioneering researchers in general.
We take the view that 'my mind is made up - don't confuse me with facts' is not a useful premise from which to conduct a reasoned debate.
As well as investigating skeptics, we look at ways in which scientific objectivity is compromised by vested interests, fraud, experimenter effects and merchants of doubt, who use skepticism as a weapon to further corporate interests.
We also explore current controversies and look at open-minded investigations, which use the scientific method to investigate the unknown.

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Science depends on having our eyes wide open

A New Website: Skeptical Concepts



What is unhealthy skepticism?

Evaluating skeptic arguments
How to spot a pseudoskeptic



New Blog by Guy Lyon Playfair

Playfair Blog Latest The Enfield Poltergeist



British Scientists Exclude Mavericks

British scientists are more likely to exclude mavericks that Swedish scientists, believing that they need to be excluded from the scientific community so that they do not gain legitimacy.
Mavericks Struggle to be Heard Lena Eriksson, The Guardian, August 2004
When Scientists Fight by Lena Eriksson


Bias in the Peer Review System Confirmed

Publication prejudices: An experimental study of confirmatory bias in the peer review system", (1977)
The Guardian Trial by peers comes up short" (2003)


Two remarkable bibliographies on the suppression of dissent within science

* Brian Martin, on Scientific Dissent
* Juan Miguel Campanario and Brian Martin, Challenging dominant physics paradigms (2004)


Organized skepticism in trouble

Daily Grail report 11th August 2013
Is This the Week that Organized Skepticism Imploded?


Wiseman et al Concede on ESP

Journalist Steven Volk reports that Richard Wiseman has admitted that the evidence for telepathy is so good that "by the standards of any other area of science, [telepathy] is proven". Even more incredibly, another leading skeptic, Chris French, agrees with him
Report by Chris Carter... Does Telepathy Conflict With Science?


James Randi - Skepticism's Great Achilles

A new piece on James Randi from Steve Volks's blog
10 Developments in Fringe-Ology:5
and... Randi's Long-term Companion admits Passport Fraud
Artist Deyvi Pena faces deportation from US


A New Controversy!

Chris French and his critics
Soapbox science - Anomalistic Psychology



Debunkers Concede on Evidence for PSI

The excellent Subversive Thinking website has published a number of concessions by leading professional debunkers. We reproduce the statements by Richard Wiseman, Ray Hyman, Susan Blackmore and Donald Hebb.
Extract from Subversive Thinking


The Amazing Meeting - London October 2010

A Report on the second London counterpart to the Amazing Meetings held in the US by the James Randi Educational Foundation. Billed by their website as 'a world-class fundraising conference' TAM London boasts speakers including Richard Dawkins and Alan Moore. Graham Nicholls remained unconvinced by their 'rather limited understanding of science'.
TAM London 2010 Report


Deep Division in the Skeptic Movement

An Interview with Paul Kurtz
Paul Kurtz is the leading institution builder amongst the opponents of supernaturalism, having founded the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI) and the Council for Secular Humanism and the publishers of Skeptical Inquirer. Based on an interview with Kurtz, an article by Mark Oppenheimer, New York Times October 1, 2010 reveals serious conflicts amongst Humanists.
Closer Look at Rift Between Humanists Reveals Deeper Divisions
Also... A short video I'm a Skeptic
More on this subject, Guy Lyon Playfair's CSICOP's 30 Years War


An Ungodly Row

Dawkins sues his disciple
By Tom Rowley and Alistair Walker The Independent 25th October 2010
Josh Timonen was one of a small coterie of young protégés around Richard Dawkins, sharing his boss's zealous atheism. But now he and the evolutionary theorist have fallen out spectacularly. Professor Dawkins's charity has accused Mr Timonen of embezzling hundreds of thousands of pounds. The two atheists had become close...
Article in full... Click here



Richard Wiseman refuted by Chris Carter

JSPR has published a penetrating critique by Chris Carter of Richard Wiseman's latest attack on parapsychology - his 'Heads I win, tails you lose' paper published in Skeptical Inquirer.
Chris Carter's reply... Wiseman refuted
Chris Carter is also the author of two books: Parapsychology and the Skeptics - see book review on this website - and his latest: Science and the Near Death Experience.


French controversy on the sense of being stared at

Some pseudo sceptics in France have launched a propaganda campaign against the sense of being stared at. Their claims are based on ignorance of the literature and distortions of the evidence, and are exposed on an excellent French web site that examines the claims of dogmatic skeptics... French pseudo scepticism (All in French)



Richard Dawkins comes to call

A dialogue between Rupert Sheldrake and the atheist with a mission which turned into
A Low Grade Debunking Exercise


Links to Outstanding Websites

For a comprehensive list, go to Links index

SCEPCOP - Scientific Committee Exposing Pseudo-Skeptical Cynicism of the Paranormal
A new website debunking skeptics... www.debunkingskeptics.com
SCEPCOP also hosts a forum... www.debunkingskeptics.com/forum/index.php
Particularly recommended is the review of the Society for Psychical Research study day in London on Oct 25 called Spotlight on Skeptics
Investigating Atheism
The purpose of this site is to set current controversies in their historical context, and to offer a range of perspectives (from all sides) on the chief issues raised by the 'new atheists'.
Another good website: Atheist Delusion

Julio Siquiera's anti-pseudoskeptic website. He's been "fighting" with dogmatic skeptics and refuting them since some years and he has a very good website exposing them:
Criticizing Skepticism


 


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New Features


An Excellent Blog

by Craig Weiler

The TEDx Controversy
Obsessive Debunking Disorder


A Lawyer on Stubborn Skeptics

Seven Reasons Why They Resist

by Victor Zammit


Science and Psychic Phenomena

Chris Carter in Dialogue with Bob Ginsberg

Full text


Bruce Hood - RI Christmas Lecturer

Joins Media Skeptics list

The Self Illusion author


Rupert Sheldrake Accuses Wiseman

'Persistent Deception'

Skeptiko Interview


The Great Divide

- by Guy Lyon Playfair

Proponents and Deniers of Psi Never Likely to Agree


Rupert Sheldrake debates with psi-skeptic Richard Wiseman

Sheldrake and Wiseman on Skeptiko


New Book Reviews

- by Richard Milton

Carroll, Gratzer and Park


Good Skeptics

- by Guy Lyon Playfair

Wilson on Nostradamus
Lamont on D.D. Home


Bad Skeptics

- by Guy Lyon Playfair

Dalrymple and Thompson
Melanie Phillips
Deconstructing J.B.Rhine


Breakthrough to Nowhere

- by Guy Lyon Playfair

Wiseman's RV 'breakthrough'


Psi 'Proved' not to Exist

- by Guy Lyon Playfair

Mediawatch on the Psi Debate


The Anti-Sheldrake Phenomenon

- by Ted Dace

Attacking the Theory of Morphic Resonance


Analysis of Russell

- by Ted Dace

Bertrand Russell and the mind-body problem


SPR Study Day on Skeptics

- by Matt Colborn

Spotlight on Sceptics

Rupert Sheldrake's talk on streaming audio:

How Skeptics Work


Skepticism: Virtue or Weapon?

- by Rupert Sheldrake
In his contribution to the Edge Foundation New Year feature, Rupert Sheldrake explains his rethink on Skepticism.

Rupert's Edge article
Times Online comment


A Conversation with Michael Shermer

- by Ted Dace

The End of Reductionism


Good for a Laugh!

Dawkins stars on U-tube.