From: Lan Fleming <firstname.lastname@example.org> 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: ================================================================ "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." ================================================================ 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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