Parapsychology Journalism: The People, The Theory, The Science, The Skeptics
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
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.
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.
Kindle version is here:
Print version is here. My royalties are much better if you buy from this site:
You can read an outline of the TED controversy here
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.