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Psi Wars: TED, Wikipedia and the Battle for the Internet: The Story of a Wild and Vicious Science Controversy . . . that Anyone Can Join! Paperback – December 4, 2013
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The book is an excellent chronological read about what happened along with the author’s musings about why it happened. I highly recommend this book for people who are interested in new ideas, science the mainstream rejects or the paranormal.
I do have to admit this book made me a little hot under the collar. Anonymous internet trolls suppress scientific, peer reviewed studies that they know nothing about is frustrating to me. I have personally seen similar things play out including here on the book reviews on Amazon.
Buy the book. Educate yourself about the things people want to keep from you.
Being familiar with the range of psi research, I'm continually surprised how many educated people are completely ignorant of the positive results.
This book also leaves one feeling hopeful that the materialist ideology may finally be losing some ground, which has to happen if this planet is going to survive.
It describes a world where the most widely accessed factual encyclopedia is actually a work of fantasy written by anonymous amateurs; where organizations that purport to support scientific inquiry in fact do the complete opposite; where a celebrated science prize is actually an impossible-to-win publicity stunt; and where an entertainment outlet with a mission for sharing ideas instead acts to censor them. And this is just the beginning.
Highly recommended for those who are comfortable questioning authority. Not recommended for uncritical thinkers who readily accept orthodox dogma.
An excellent question, indeed.
Another section I especially liked is this one:
"Characters such as Spock, Sherlock Holmes and Henry Higgins come to mind. They are admired for their powerful intellect and reasoning abilities. The problem with this approach however, is that it is entirely reactionary. Not surprisingly, so is the skeptical movement. It defines itself almost entirely by what it is against. Psychics, UFO’s, homeopathy, bigfoot, ghosts, hauntings, crop circles etc. The flaw in this type of thinking is that it is unable to make intuitive leaps to new alternative paradigms and reach conclusions in nonlinear fashion. It doesn’t do anything new. Skeptical thinking starts with the premise that these things can’t exist and goes from there to the only logical conclusion that can be reached: that they must not exist.
It is logical, but not rational; reactive and not innovative. The subjects listed above require a holistic approach to understanding because they involve ambiguity."
Enough for the review, now I am going back to reading this book!