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Skeptical About Skeptics is Discussed in the Following Articles
Skeptical about Skeptics
Dr. James C. Carpenter
President of the Parapsychological Association
First Sight, October 20, 2014
“The designers of this site have done their homework. Their elucidation of this odd group of people and their somewhat puzzling motivation (why do they care so much?) is fair and enlightening.”
Group of Scientists Creating Antithesis
to Organized Skeptics and Trolls
Torbjorn Sassersson, NewsVoice, October 21, 2014
“A group of heavyweights from science and research that had had enough of the organized skeptics’ movement’s misinformation machinery have launched the Website ‘Skeptical About Skeptics’ that will serve as a reference source in disputes between different approaches and issues that can be resolved scientifically.”
Skeptical About Skeptics: A New Website
Craig Weiler, The Weiler Psi, October 21, 2014
“Examining the sort of irrational skepticism that occurs is helpful in understanding the political nature of criticism in science.”
The Silenced Majority
Lynne McTaggart, December 12, 2014
“…there are signs that silent majority are beginning to finally speak up. One of the first signs is a new American website called Skeptical About Skeptics, which has outed all the skeptics who have held sway for so long.”
Skeptical About Skeptics is Mentioned on the Following Websites
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Society for Psychical Research
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“Skeptical About Skeptics” is organized by The Association for Skeptical Investigation and supported in part by:
The Moez Masoud Foundation
Advancement of Science and Education
Why Are We Skeptical About Skeptics?
by Craig Weiler
Why are we skeptical about skeptics? Isn’t skepticism about approaching new ideas rationally and examining evidence objectively before jumping to conclusions? Shouldn’t we avoid believing anything and everything that comes our way? Of course we should; that is the foundation of science after all.
But it is also possible to go completely overboard on skepticism to the point where it’s just overwhelming bias against new ideas. They are rejected out of hand and evidence is disregarded before it is even seen. This is actually quite common. You can pick pretty much any controversial topic and there will be a wide range of opinions ranging from true believers to dogmatic deniers, whether we’re talking about climate change or UFOs or bigfoot, it doesn’t matter. There will be people of all types.
This site focuses on the people who fall in the dogmatic denier category because they present themselves as being the most truthful and objective, which they are not. They call themselves skeptics and they would be harmless save for the fact that they have a lot of influence in academia and the mainstream media and are invested in making sure that mainstream sources, such as Wikipedia reflect their point of view. (And only their point of view.)
Nearly any controversial subject you care to name has another side to the debate that you probably haven’t heard. It is the goal of Skeptical About Skeptics to show you the reasons why you’re only getting one side of the story.
Craig Weiler is owner of the website The Weiler Psi and the author of: Psi Wars: TED, Wikipedia and the Battle for the Internet: The Story of a Wild and Vicious Science Controversy that Anyone Can Join!
Associates and Advisors
Ralph Abraham, Ph.D.
Professor of Mathematics, University of California at Santa Cruz
Larry Dossey, M.D.
Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing
Peter Fenwick, M.D., F.R.C.Psych.
Institute of Psychiatry, London, U.K.
Brian D. Josephson, Ph.D.
Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge
Stanley Krippner, Ph.D.
Saybrook Institute, San Francisco
Society for Psychical Research, London, U.K.
Adrian Parker, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology, Gothenberg University, Sweden
Dean Radin, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist, Institute of Noetic Sciences
Chris Roe, Ph.D.
Psychology Division, University College, Northampton, U.K.
Gary E. Schwartz
Director, Laboratory for Advances in Consciousness and Health, University of Arizona
Stephan A. Schwartz
Distinguished Consulting Faculty, Saybrook University
Rupert Sheldrake, Ph.D.
Fellow, Institute of Noetic Sciences
Psychical Researcher and Author, San Francisco
Nancy L. Zingrone, Ph.D.
Parapsychology Online, New York
Skeptical About Skeptics is dedicated to countering dogmatic, ill-informed attacks leveled by dogmatic skeptics on pioneering scientists and their research. Healthy skepticism is an important part of science, as in all walks of life, but some skeptics use it as a weapon to defend their dearly held ideology. Naturally, this inhibits free inquiry as certain ideas and lines of research are denigrated and the careers of scientists who pursue them anyway are threatened. They believe in a purely material world, a clock-work universe filled with machine-like creatures. They believe living minds are nothing more than brain chemistry, that consciousness is an illusion and automatically dismiss any evidence to the contrary.
Members of militant skeptical organizations often think of themselves as defending science and reason against superstition. These are worthy aims, but we at Skeptical About Skeptics think that science and reason are best served by considering the evidence for unexplained phenomena scientifically, rather than assuming a priori that they do not exist. We value science and skepticism, but not scientific fundamentalism. Our purpose is to shine a light on these self-appointed gatekeepers and counter their dogmatic arguments whenever they arise.
We Counter Skeptics by:
- Investigating pseudoskeptics in popular media.
- Exploring the pseudoskeptical mindset, motivation, and method.
- Looking 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.
This website is the successor to “Skeptical Investigations” at skepticalinvestigations.org which ran from 2004 to 2014.