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Debunking PseudoSkeptical Arguments of Paranormal Debunkers


Links, Blogs and Books on PseudoSkepticism and Paranormal Research



Great Web Links


The Skeptic World Site: Skeptical Resources - An extensive list of resources on skepticism and critical thinking from all sides.


Skeptics and their Arguments – A list of articles refuting the arguments of UFO skeptics and debunkers.


Skeptical Investigations - A fabulous new site with articles on closed-minded vs. open-minded skepticism, and the latest news on paranormal research, issues, and leading spokespersons.  


Skeptiko Podcasts – A new podcast show that explores controversial science with leading researchers and their critics.  Hailed in paranormal circles as very good at getting to the heart of the issues.

Rupert Sheldrake – Researcher of Animal Telepathy who has conducted controlled experiments supporting the existence of telepathy in animals.


The Myth of the Randi Challenge - Revealing article on the Daily Grail


The Research of the Skeptics  - A section of the site above that discusses the flawed methodology skeptics such as Susan Blackmore used in her conclusions which she later admitted were unwarranted.


Why I’m Not A Skeptic - An article by Michael Prescott which contains great analyses of pseudoskeptical views vs. the facts.


Organizations Promoting Open-Minded Research - A list of organizations conducting open-minded investigations into the truth of psychic phenomena.


Pioneering Investigators - A list of researchers, scientists, and spokespersons leading the way in paranormal research.  Includes links to their websites.


Alternative Science - by Richard Milton.  Contains many short but eloquent articles about a variety of alternative science-related topics.


CSICOP and the Skeptics: An Overview - by George Hansen.


Has CSICOP Lost the Thirty Years War? – by Guy Lyon Playfair


On PseudoSkepticism - by Marcello Truzzi, original CSICOP co-founder.


On Some Unfair Practices towards Claims of the Paranormal  - by Marcello Truzzi, original CSICOP co-founder.


A Field Guide to Skepticism - by Dean Radin.  A chapter in his book The Conscious Universe dealing with skeptics and their opposition to psi research.


The Logical Trickery of the UFO Skeptic - Brian Zeiler.  Examines the skeptics’ flawed approach to UFO research.


Fallacies of UFO Debunkers – By Indigo Child. Great refutations to the common arguments of UFO debunkers.


Zen and the Art of Debunkery - by Daniel Drasdin.  A satire article describing the common tactics of debunkers.


Extraordinary Claim? Move the Goal Posts! - By Patrick Huyghe.  An article describing the way skeptics move the goal posts.


Seven Warning Signs of Bogus Skepticism - by Rochus Boerner.  How to catch pseudoskeptics in their tracks through their words alone.


How to Become a Media Skeptic - by Guy Lyon Playfair.  A satire in how media career skeptics work and the tactics they use.


The Pathology of Organized Skepticism - by David Leiter.  Experience of interacting with an organized Skeptics’ group suggests an hypothesis that may explain what produces avowed Skeptics.


Symptoms of Pathological skepticism - William J. Beaty.  Lists the symptoms associated with the pathological skepticism of closed-minded debunkers.


Folklore and the Rise of Moderation Among Organized Skeptics - A university article by a student, exploring the connections between folklore and organized skepticism.


Myths of Skepticism - An article by a skeptic elaborating on the limitations and needed revisions of organized skepticism.


Psychic Challenge - An article by Montague Keen challenging James Randi to live up to his repeated assertion that if adequate evidence of a paranormal reality could be demonstrated to him, he would be happy to acknowledge it and pay the one million dollar prize to the claimant.  Includes accounts of Randi’s shortcomings and mistakes. (You can read Randi’s response to it here:


Flim-Flam Flummery: A Skeptical Look at James Randi - An article by Michael Prescott investigating and exposing many errors and mistakes Randi made in his book Flim-Flam! Psychics, ESP, Unicorns, and Other Delusions.  Includes a response by Randi, followed by Prescott’s rebuttal and detailed analysis of many disputed issues.


The Skeptical Perspective - Remote viewer Bill Walker gives his take on organized skeptics. Includes some links to great articles and sites. - A great online encyclopedia of unexplained phenomena. - The site of the famous psi researcher Russell Targ of Stanford Research Institute, listing his noteworthy works.


A Review of Pseudoskepticism - A new paper from Suppressed Science website which examines the methods of self-styled skeptics and the devices they employ to discredit pioneering science

My long-time friend Michael Goodspeed, a writer and paranormal talk show host, wrote a series of excellent articles examining both sides and posing challenging questions and arguments to the closed-minded skeptics. 


·        On Randi’s hypocrisy:

·        On psychic claims and skeptical explanations:

·        On UFO phenomenon:,

·        On alien abduction claims and skeptical explanations:

·        On monsters, creatures, and Bigfoot:


A Lawyer Presents the Case for the Afterlife - by Dr. Victor Zammit, a retired Australian lawyer, who passionately and skillfully presents a plethora of arguments and data in support of the existence of an Afterlife, and refutes closed-minded debunkers as well.  Includes his free ebook that you can download.  His list of Afterlife links can be found here.

Dr. Zammit Rebuts the Skeptics


A Critique of Susan Blackmore’s Dying to Live – By Greg Stone, author of a touching NDE novel Under the Tree, and a member of my email group. 


Near Death Research Foundation – NDERF Is the largest NDE Website in the world with over 1800 full-text published NDE accounts.


Atlantis Rising Magazine - Atlantis Rising bi-monthly magazine offers coverage of ancient mysteries, unexplained anomalies, and future science—breaking news from world-class researchers in thought provoking and profusely illustrated articles.


Paranormal News – Source for UFO and Paranormal Related Information


Shift HappeningCome and see the crucial paradigms already shifting in our culture.





Parapsychology and Psi research


Afterlife Research






Great Paranormal Blogs


Michael Prescott – Blog of Novelist and Paranormal Researcher Michael Prescott. Very thorough and praised in paranormal circles.


Dear Radin – Blog of Dean Radin, Psi Researcher at UNLV and Author of The Conscious Universe: The Scientific Truth of Psychic Phenomena. 


Leo MacDonald - Awesome paranormal blog, very comprehensive.


Paranormalia – Fantastic comprehensive blog on paranormal issues by Robert McLuhan.


Subversive Thinking – An excellent and extensive paranormal blog by Jime. 


Paradigm Experiment – Blog of Jim Clark. Deep analysis of different belief systems and paradigms.



Recommended Books


Randi’s Prize: What Sceptics say about the paranormal, why they are wrong and why it matters by Robert McLuhan. An analysis of the fallacies and problems of the pseudoskeptic movement and organizations.

The Conscious Universe: The Scientific Truth of Psychic Phenomena by Dean Radin, UNLV researcher. Presents robust evidence from scientific studies that psi is real and no longer in doubt, and explains why skeptics still have the attitude against it that they do.


Parapsychology and the Skeptics by Chris Carter. A groundbreaking new book about the real research in Parapsychology and the Skeptics who are against it.


Science and the Near Death Experience by Chris Carter. Explains why Near Death Experiences (NDEs) offer evidence of an afterlife and discredits the psychological and physiological explanations for them. Challenges materialist arguments against consciousness surviving death.


The End of Materialism: How Evidence of the Paranormal is Bringing Science and Spirit Together by Charles Tart, perhaps his best book.


The Holographic Universe by Michael Talbot - A fascinating book that will stretch your mind and imagination to areas you never fathomed.  The “holographic model” presented is like a unified theory that explains almost all common paranormal and supernatural phenomena.


Under the Tree by Greg Stone – A very enlightening novel of a man in a coma experiencing an NDE, while his loved ones and friends discuss NDE’s in his hospital.  All arguments on both sides of the NDE controversy are presented in clear easy-to-understand language.  A must read for any NDE enthusiast or seeker.


The Power of Premonitions by Larry Dossey, M.D. – A compelling collection of cases suggesting that precognitive premonitions are real and part of our everyday lives.


Mind-Reach: Scientists Look at Psychic Abilities by Russell Targ and Harold E. Puthoff of SRI – From the book’s site:  This book is a lucid and fascinating record of historic experiments—historic because they put the seal of "hard" physical science upon evidence that some degree of psychic ability is universal—a phenomenon straight out of science fiction that actually happened, and can be made to happen again in any laboratory! The scientists even offer a "recipe" for developing your own ESP "information channel."



Appendix A:  My Presentation Outline – Skepticism vs. Psi





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