have you read the book Parapsychology and the Skeptics?

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It looks really interesting. Carter is being skeptical of the skeptics, questioning their conclusions and methods. It looks like a good analysis of the controversy, and it has received excellent reviews on Amazon. Have you read it? If so, what do you think?

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  1. In my experience, most people who try to claim that there is “proof” of the paranormal or supernatural are either frauds or mentally ill.
    In the case of Chris Carter, it’s unclear which is which. Either he has a split-personality disorder that is causing him to praise his own book as “Crazy Eagle” or he is being deliberately fraudulent in his use of a sock puppet. I wonder how many other “positive” reviews on Amazon for his crap books he wrote himself?
    Further, if Carter is a fraud and not mentally ill, it means that he is also fairly stupid in not seeing how easy it would be to tag his alter ego to his real identity. And no, Chris, it doesn’t require telepathy to figure out, either.

  2. Yes, I read this book, and it is an excellent treatment of the subject. It deals with both the soft and hard evidence, and carefully examines the claims of “skeptics” such as Susan Blackmore, James Randi, Rich Wiseman, etc..
    All of them are exposed for what they truly are: not true skeptics, but dogmatists more interested in defending their world-view than in getting to the truth.
    It is shocking to learn how far these people have gone to deny and even supress the evidence that threatens their world-view (which Carter calls an ideology).
    There is lots of discussion of evidence, history, the various points of view. Its easy to read. Check out the reviews on Amazon.

  3. I have not read it yet. I have several book I’m trying to get through before I even step foot into another book store.
    However, I have listed a link below for you that also takes a hard look at the skeptics.
    Psi

  4. Sounds like a true believer is criticizing those who are skeptical of parapsychology. If he attempts to approach the subject objectively then it might be worth a read. If it’s just more apologetics then I think I’ll pass.
    The #1 endorsement they chose is a quote from Rupert Sheldrake. Also on the list is Jessica Utts. This says nothing of the validity of the book, but it does tell us a bit about the intended audience.
    BTW, Amazon reviews are most often just people preaching to the choir.

  5. I’m more into novels these days,so I don’t know if I’ll read it.Chris Carter has a history with Skeptical Inquirer magazine.If you’re interested here’s a link to some articles.

  6. It’s on my short list of books to read, though I already know a bit about the book from reading excerpts and reviews. Carter talks of skeptics in the form of organized skepticism, seemingly with the more extreme forms of skepticism, and props this up as a strawman to be dismantled. I think this is unfortunate, and I would more appreciate a book that deals with skepticism as it exists within the realm of the scientific method and which examines parapsychology through that lens instead. Besides, it’s a logical fallacy to think that debunking the position of Skeptic Joe or Skeptic Bob does anything to bolster the position of the parapsychologist. It’s a mistake to treat it as an either-or binary situation.
    I don’t know how Carter examines the claims of parapsychology, but since this book is an argument for parapsychology as a legitimate study of real phenomena, I suspect he goes no deeper than the summarizing the various conclusions of parapsychology studies. If so, that would be truly disappointing since it is the methodology, execution and data analysis of these parapsychology studies which is the crux to establishing the claims of parapsychology.
    I need to read it to offer any more of an opinion on it than that. Interesting question. I’ve got a vacation in Mexico coming up and maybe that’s a book I can take with me 🙂

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