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Illegitimacy Of CSICOP Attested To By Co-Founder

From: Lan Fleming <lfleming5@houston.rr.com>
Date: Thu, 06 Jun 2002 21:33:10 -0500
Fwd Date: Fri, 07 Jun 2002 14:23:06 -0400
Subject: Illegitimacy Of CSICOP Attested To By Co-Founder


Wendy Connors is absolutely correct that CSICOP does no
scientific research. Their only attempt at it shortly after
CSICOP was founded resulted in the 'Starbaby' scandal where they
were caught misrepresenting the results of an experiment that
they had hoped would disprove a quasi-astrological 'Mars Effect'
reported by French statistician Michel Gauquelin. The article at
the URL below was written by Dennis Rawlins, one of the founders
of CSICOP, who resigned when he decided that the organization
had nothing to do with science.

http://www.psicounsel.com/starbaby.html

Rawlin's first paragraphs are worth repeating:

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"I used to believe it was simply a figment of the National
Enquirer's weekly imagination that the Science Establishment
would cover up evidence for the occult. But that was in the era
B.C. -- Before the Committee. I refer to the 'Committee for
the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal'
(CSICOP), of which I am a co-founder and on whose ruling
Executive Council (generally called the Council) I served for
some years.

I am still skeptical of the occult beliefs CSICOP was created
to debunk. But I have changed my mind about the integrity  of
some of those who make a career of opposing occultism.

I now believe that if a flying saucer landed in the backyard of
a leading anti-UFO spokesman, he might hide the incident from
the public (for the public's own good, of course). He might
swiftly convince himself that the landing was a hoax, a delusion
or an "unfortunate" interpretation of mundane phenomena that
could be explained away with "further research.

The irony of all this particularly distresses me since both in
print and before a national television audience I have stated
that the conspiratorial mentality of believers in occultism
presents a real political danger in a voting democracy. Now I
find that the very group I helped found has partially Justified
this mentality."

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CSICOP is a society of fanatics that disguise their beliefs in
scientific-sounding mumbo jumbo - the definition of
pseudoscience.

Marcello Truzzi, another founding member of CSICOP, left the
organization as well not long after he helped start it, and for
reasons similar to Rawlins. Truzzi also has the distinction of
coining the word "pseudo-skeptic".



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