"Those who ignore empirical evidence" indeed includes the reductionists, the materialists. For instance, there has been a wealth of meta-studies showing that psi exists, including the Ganzfeld studies. See Dean Radin in The Conscious Universe. This evidence is ignored by the priests of Scientism who proclaim themselves as 'empiricists'. Hardly! These 'objective' researchers will spend 5 minutes on a 'skeptic' website quickly agreeing with the 1 reviewer that disagreed with the study, ignoring the 7 who agreed. They will ignore the evidence as there is no 'mechanism' that could account for it. That is not the way true science proceeds.
William James, after 20 years of testing medium Lenora Piper, said that the evidence she showed of psi would 'hang a man 20 times over'. Reality is much more than the 'nothing but' folks will ever see- science progresses one funeral at a time!