Another note. I wonder if you're already aware of the following.
When 'debating' with intolerant people on JREF, I often start to
experience a unique feeling. I feel like my skin is brown or black, and
I'm dealing with a racist bigot. Their snide smiling stance, which
conceals frank hatred? Their strutting superior attitude? The
impossibility of penetrating their delusions, and being understood?
Their use of namecalling and "racial slurs" such as "the pseudos" or "the
woo-woos?" Their need to pigeonhole everyone as either being "one of
them," rather than one of us?
The pseudoskeptics ...why, they're nothing new! Their behavior is long
known and well described. THEY'RE BIGOTS! Ahhh, now it all comes
together and makes perfect sense! Their actions seem obscure until I
realize that they're doing what all bullies and bigots do: stoking their
concealed hatred by dehumanizing their opponents. They never go after
strong people, but choose weak opponents: attacking reject/outsider types
who can't defend themselves. They view their opponents as inferior; and
as "being all exactly the same." We woo-woos are all exactly alike, no?
Let me put it this way. "Some of my best friends are woo-woos, (said
with a fake smile,) but I'd never let my daughter marry one." "The number
of woo-woos is large and increasing ...if we don't take immediate action,
the woo-woos will take over." "The purity of science is in danger, and
we're the only people standing between science and the forces of woo
contamination and corruption."
In all of the above, I just listed some bigot hate statements, but
replaced common racial slurs with "woo woo."
Man, this makes so much sense ...but ...I don't recall ever seeing this
topic discussed elsewhere. Surely I'm not the first to see the
connection? CSICOP is in the business of attacking a weak opponent who
doesn't fight back. It's no surprise that they attract a certain
percentage of bullies and bigots, since after all, racial bigotry is no
longer accepted in society. What's a habitual racist to do?
Why, just become a skeptic and attack The Woo-woos, of course! Scoffers
are driven by emotion, yes, but if we put in clearer terms, we'd describe
them as intolerant people being driven by a concealed hatred for "inferior
types," and ruled by a great fear that these "inferiors" will spread
contamination into the world. In that case, the greatest catastrophe
might not be genetic, where their daughters marry woo woos, but instead
the horror occurs when one of us somehow gets a paranormal-tolerant
article published in Skeptical Inquirer. What makes one into a Woo?
Simple: an attitude of tolerance rather than intolerance. If SI ever
accepted Woo authors, the Contamination of "paranormal tolerance" would
then spread to their fellow skeptics, and soon the CSICOP members might
all end up becoming half scoffer and half woo!
If everyone becomes
"racially mixed," then that would be the end of everything, because then
how could bigots ever know which people to hate?
Feel free to pass my rhetoric time-bomb along, if you think it's not
TOO politically incorrect.