The Demkina Files

The Case of “The Girl with X-Ray Eyes”

Claims had been made that Russian teenager Natasha Demkina was able to diagnose medical conditions in people simply by observing them.

On UK television Channel 4 Natasha was examined by well-known media skeptics and CSICOP representatives Ray Hyman and Richard Wiseman.

After a series of somewhat perfunctory tests, the scientists announced that Demkina’s claims were negated.

The result was a flood of adverse comment. The conditions under which the tests were conducted – and the criterion of failure applied by CSICOP – were severely criticised.

What was intended to be a victory for dogmatic skepticism turned into something else.

Here we present some of the criticism leveled at the investigators.

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