Parapsychology Journalism: The People, The Theory, The Science, The Skeptics
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CRAIG WEILER EXPLORES ORGANIZED SKEPTICISM, ITS INFLUENCE, MEMBERS AND BELIEFS
ENVISION THIS: A world in which science is undergoing a much needed change
Craig Weiler is a psychic and Parapsychology Journalist who blogs on the PSI controversy at The Weiler Psi. He documented the TED controversy over removing Rupert Sheldrake and other parapsychology researchers and topics from the TEDx speakers list. TED is “a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader.” Craig demonstrated how TED administrators caved in to pressure from organized, dogmatic skeptics, betraying their mission.
He has written about how “the Internet is changing how science is done by making the skeptical gatekeeping much more difficult. Information about consciousness research has spread far and wide and its supporters are growing ever more vocal. Among those supporters is a growing group of people who are persistent and engaged enough to do battle with the skeptical paradigm.” Craig shows how the Internet is bringing an end to “scientism, the belief system in which science and only science has all the answers to everything.” He writes, “This regrettable condition acts to preclude their unbiased consideration of phenomena on the cutting edge of science.”
On this episode with Craig, Merry and Burl will explore how breaking free from this cultural meme of science as an “ism” (the ultimate arbiter of what may be thought and acted upon) can help humankind co-create a more inclusive, less materialistic future. Craig Weiler will introduce the idea that “skepticism is a form of bigotry,” the next bigotry that we must confront to evolve into a more open-minded, evidence based culture. We will suggest that Craig is, himself, acting as a skeptic to scientism.