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My Book! PSI WARS: TED, Wikipedia and the Battle for the Internet


PSI WARS: TED, Wikipedia and the Battle for the Internet is now available.  Here’s what people are saying:

As one of the speakers originally invited to participate in the WestHollywoodTEDx event that was declared unworthy by TEDx’s mysterious scientific advisory board, I have closely followed Craig Weiler’s incisive writings on this subject. Craig gets it right from start to finish — well, not “finish,” because the controversy still rages. He understands the sociocultural and academic issues clearly and has the guts to say so in this excellent book.

~ Larry Dossey, MD
Author: ONE MIND: Why Our Individual Mind Is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters

And:

This is a well written journalistic exposé of an Orwellian double-speak world that — unfortunately — is not a work of fiction.

It describes a world where the most widely accessed factual encyclopedia is actually a work of fantasy written by anonymous amateurs; where organizations that purport to support scientific inquiry in fact do the complete opposite; where a celebrated science prize is actually an impossible-to-win publicity stunt; and where an entertainment outlet with a mission for sharing ideas instead acts to censor them. And this is just the beginning.

Highly recommended for those who are comfortable questioning authority. Not recommended for uncritical thinkers who readily accept orthodox dogma.

Dean Radin

And

His title is not an exaggeration. As he shows, there has been a dispute for more than a century about the reality of phenomena like telepathy that do not fit into the materialist world view that still dominates the sciences, but the internet has changed the nature of this controversy, making harder for dogmatists to claim the mantle of scientific objectivity, and exposing their pretensions to a superior authority. TED and Wikipedia have inevitably become battlegrounds, and Weiler is like a war correspondent who has braved hostile fire from the skeptical activists to bring back these unique and timely reports.

A. Skeptic

Kindle version is here:

http://www.amazon.com/PSI-Wars-Wikipedia-Battle-Internet-ebook/dp/B00H35ONA8

Print version is here.  My royalties are much better if you buy from this site:

https://www.createspace.com/4556589

You can read an outline of the TED controversy here

 

Update:

On page 72 of the book I wrote that: “On August 6th, Karen Stollznow published an article in Scientific American detailing her sexual harassment from an unnamed skeptic, who was later identified as Ben Radford”

I received notification on June 22, 2015 from Ben Radford that the charges against him were false accusations and that Karen Stollznow has issued a retraction.  His good name and reputation has been restored.  Here you can find a link to the document.

11 comments on “My Book! PSI WARS: TED, Wikipedia and the Battle for the Internet

  1. Martin
    January 10, 2016

    Hi, Craig. I’ve just finished reading your book (Kindle edition) but I don’t want to write an Amazon review until you’ve corrected all the typographical errors (dozens). Contact me if you need help with this.

    • craigweiler
      January 10, 2016

      Thank you for your kind offer. The book was topical and is now long past the point where future sales could justify the time spent correcting things. It was self published and I did not have a professional editor come behind me to correct the minor errors. So be it.

      • Martin
        January 10, 2016

        I’m prepared to do it for free if you can supply it in Word format. How much work would be required then for you to upload it for Kindle?

  2. Planetary Paul
    September 28, 2014

    Hi, Will the book be available in the Apple iBooks Store?

    • craigweiler
      September 28, 2014

      Hi Paul,
      Unfortunately no. It requires a great deal of effort on my part for what would amount to very small sales. It is available in hardcopy if you’re interested for not very much more money.

  3. Lara
    August 23, 2014

    what is hilarious is how angry the skeptics get, they are all like “how dare you believe in telekinesis, how dare you!” lol I love getting them all riled up 🙂

  4. Douglas
    December 18, 2013

    At the Guerrilla Skepticism blog (http://guerrillaskepticismonwikipedia.blogspot.co.uk/), they are saying that you, Sheldrake etc are wrongly identifying the organised Guerrilla Skepticism editing team for the edits on Sheldrake. They say they have made no edits as far as they know.

    However, even if it was not Susan Gerbic herself or one of her Guerrilla skeptic compatriots, these edits are still being done in the spirit of guerrilla scepticism and I’m sure the sceptics responsible would describe themselves ‘guerrilla skeptics’ in the wider sense of the term. Susan can hardly disagree with this, as she is quite open about the fact that she is trying to encourage an online movement.

    • craigweiler
      December 18, 2013

      It’s interesting. They do not have the full disclosure that it would take to dispel this perception about them and they are finding that they can’t assert that they’re doing good and expect people to believe them. They are expecting people to just trust what they say, but that’s not how it works.

  5. Mostly about Fate and FreeWill a Neil Miller blog
    November 23, 2013

    by page 7 on the pdf I did not see a definition of TED. If I was to abrupt that’s one thing but, the uninitiated reader will get confused and/or disoriented a lose interest.

    • craigweiler
      November 23, 2013

      Thanks for that point. I was aware of it and I gave it a bit of thought. First, I don’t think that many people will give the book any thought at all if they have no idea what TED is.

      The other thing is the page numbering. The title and table of content, plus a segue all count as pages, meaning that once you actually start reading, it’s only about four pages in.

      Having already considered your very important point, I’ve decided to leave it as it is unless I get a lot of feedback that tells me otherwise.

  6. Jordan Wm. Burrill
    October 2, 2013

    BTW, It seems that getting the word out about your work and the reactionary pseudo-skeptics attempts to stifle free inquiry seems stalled a bit. May I suggest that Face Book is an excellent way to network this information. If people are encourages to put a link on their face pages to this and other resources of quality – we would have a huge contact footprint for folks who could be valuable support instead of ignorant of the attempt to hide reality from them.

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