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The Skeptics Strike Back . . . Childishly

I checked up on one of my main posts today, The Scientific Evidence for Psi and noticed that I had a whopping 73 votes on that post.  That’s ridiculous.  I’m lucky to get two or three votes on any one post.  Not only that, the vast majority of votes were for one star out of five.  It’s actually a very informative article so I was pretty sure what happened.  I checked all of my other main posts and waddaya know.  All of them had been voted down.  Even About the Weiler Psi.  (68 votes!)

And that’s all they did.  Other posts about NDE’s and telekinesis were left untouched.

Some petty skeptics have obviously gotten together to do a drive-by downgrade of my blog. It’s . . . pathetic.  These people need lives.


In other news, I have been very busy lately.  It’s a good thing, but I do not have much spare time and most of it is spent just unwinding.  My blog, alas, has suffered.


15 comments on “The Skeptics Strike Back . . . Childishly

  1. Michael Bourne
    July 25, 2012

    When they can\’t attack the data, they attack the person. They seem to be on a crusade to reinforce the absoluteness of the familiar, that speaks volumes about their psychological traits. It all boils down to fear of things they can\’t accept being true. The triumph of ego over sensibility, or an infantile fear of being the one left out. My advice, avoid, don\’t engage.

    • craigweiler
      July 25, 2012

      Yeah, I’m quite aware of the skeptic mindset. I do engage them occasionally just for the hell of it but I do this less and less lately. They are just argumentative without substance. Very boring.

  2. Lynn
    July 25, 2012

    Craig, I agree with RabbitDawg. It is a badge of honor. It also points to the pettiness of certain people who have taken time to hit the one star rating multiple times.

    Keep up the good work. You must be doing something right to garner all that effort and attention from them.

    • craigweiler
      July 25, 2012

      Thank you!

  3. RabbitDawg
    July 24, 2012

    Craig, to be under attack like this is a badge of honor. 🙂

    Before buying a buy a book on Amazon, I look to see if it has fallen victim to an orchestrated skeptic attack. If so, I buy it on the spot. It’s not a reactionary decision on my part, in fact, it’s quite logical. I see a direct comparison of militant skeptics to fundamentalist religious folks.

    Just as a young Earth creationist will start slobbering when indisputable archeological evidence is presented to them that supports evolution, a hard-core pseudo-skeptic will start foaming at the mouth when presented with credible evidence of psi, or the continuation of consciousness.

    When an individual or a group of people get so motivated that they spend great amounts of time and energy launching an attack, that tells me that the author has hit a nerve, so the book (or blog) must be good. Keep up the good work!

    • craigweiler
      July 24, 2012

      Thanks for the encouragement!:)

      • Nan
        July 24, 2012

        It’s the same fundamentalist mindset, only from the opposite direction. Both share an incapacity for disagreement and insistence on a single answer–theirs. And they will seemingly go to any lengths to prove, if only to themselves, that they’re right. Nasty business.

  4. Nan
    July 24, 2012

    It seems, in its own way, a bit like the rumpus going on at GoodReads, where small groups of both readers and authors seem to have turned into trolls, out to do the other in. What is it–the deep underlying anxiety and anger of the times, that we cannot allow differing opinions and have forgotten the magic of discussion?

    • Alex Staines
      September 8, 2012

      Hi Nan – I think it was the one and only Hunter S Thompson who said, back in the eighties, that we were entering an Age of Suspicion. He was right. My personal view is it’s partly the “triumph” of capitalism, which promises everything (and does deliver so much), but does not nourish the soul. I feel that the demise of Christianity at the hands of rationality several hundred years ago has left a hole in the collective psyche that’s not been filled. People seem so caught up in rationality, that the inner life has been neglected, or commercialised in odd ways (“The Secret”). People want to believe in something, but there’s nothing there. Hence suspicion and anxiety. ASPs, though prone to suffering in the current world, are actually best positioned to lead the way back onto the beach!

  5. Peter
    July 24, 2012

    Hello Craig

    You stuck a stick into the nest in which skeptics huddle. And they made a few ineffectual buzzes, as usual.

    Your article directly challenged skeptics (and on good grounds). You stated “There is simply no skepticism of parapsychological scientific data which can be traced to verifiable scientific facts. It’s all opinion.” Right on. No such ‘evidence’ exists. These people like to claim allegiance to rationality and logic but seldom, if ever, display rationality or logic, and, when confronted with rationality and logic that shows their views to be groundless they attack (an irrational and illogical response) thus demonstrating the groundlessness of their views and their inability to engage in discussion with an open mind.

    You also stated quite correctly. “Whenever any data supporting skeptics surfaces, however flawed, it sticks around as “truth” long after it has been debunked.” That was another uncomfortable observation for skeptics to which they applied similar illogic and irrationality.

    We have to remember that when it comes to skeptics we are dealing with people with a negative mind set and a resistance to change who are unable to alter their views because to do so would be a positive act of growth.

    Don’t lose any sleep over it.

    • craigweiler
      July 24, 2012

      Thanks Peter. I am definitely not losing sleep over this. It’s too ridiculous for that. I am, if anything, bemused. They are like children throwing a tantrum and threatening to run away from home. I certainly don’t take it seriously and it was such an obvious and clumsy attack that it leaves clear evidence of what happened.

  6. Nan
    July 24, 2012

    Craig, how vital for your purposes is the poll widget? Seems to me that it’s one of those “pleasant but not essential” details; your followers don’t need it, and removing it would take away the bullies’ toy. One less source of aggravation in an aggravating world.

    • craigweiler
      July 24, 2012

      Hi Nan,
      Of course the poll widget isn’t really important. I do think in this case it has now served a useful purpose: to demonstrate some of the nonsense that skeptics come up with to fanatically defend their point of view. I’m not particularly put out over it. I find it humorous.

  7. Practicing Human
    July 23, 2012

    First and foremost, I personally want to thank you for the insight and information you provide in your posts.

    Now my comments regarding the skeptic swarm: Avid skeptics often seem to have an insatiable appetite to debunk, disprove, and invalidate that which they do not believe. When I see acts as the one you described it makes me wonder if they are not strong enough in their beliefs that it creates a need for them to invalidate opposing views in order to reinforce their own. This is by no means meant to belittle skeptics. I’m just not buying the rhetoric of “protecting people from charlatans” as their motivation. The motivation feels more fear based than altruistic.

    I applaud you for continuing to provide an enlightening perspective with science and metaphysics sharing their toys with each other. Enjoy your spare time and hopefully those actions don’t discourage you. You can take pride in not having to challenge other’s beliefs as a means of validating your own.

    • craigweiler
      July 24, 2012

      Thanks for your kindness. Truth be told, I find the whole episode rather amusing, if not terribly surprising.

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