Skeptical About Skeptics

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(by Robert Schwarz, PsyD, DCEP)

A few weeks ago, I interviewed Rupert Sheldrake for our launch of the updated Science of Energy Healing course this fall. Afterwards, we continued talking about the problems many of us have had with “radical skeptics”. These are people who like to cloak themselves in a patina of what appears to be science, when in fact they are anything but skeptical.

Rupert told me about a website that I want to let you know about. It’s called skeptical about skeptics.org – or to be precise, http://skepticalaboutskeptics.org

The website’s purpose is to turn the tables on this very small group of people and allow others to see who they really are. Usually these people either write their own piece or are asked to comment on an issue. They are given expert status without anyone questioning the so-called skeptics about where they are coming from. It’s a little like asking “Dr. Wolf” to comment on the supposed excesses of the “protect our baby lambs” movement.

The website has a great deal of information that anyone can use to shine a light on the radical skeptical community. One of the nice things about the website is that it has a list of radical skeptics with their bios. However, the list is not complete. The website is of British origin so they are not familiar with many American “skeptics”; for example, Scott O. Lilienfeld, who co-wrote an article in Forbes decrying the fact that the federally funded the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has found that TFT is evidenced based. (I wrote about this in my blog last week. You can read it here.)

In another blog, “Deconstructing the Six Anti-scientific Strategies for Denying a Highly Effective Therapy,” I discussed that it’s important to shine a light on the anti-scientific strategies used by radical skeptics to co-opt the conversation. Skepticalaboutskeptics.org is another resource you can use to call into question the tactics and credentials of a so-called expert.

Robert Schwarz, PsyD, DCEP
Executive Director, ACEP
energypsych.org

Join us for the 18th International Energy Psychology Conference, June 2-5, 2016  |  Santa Clara, CA.

(photo from skepticalaboutskeptics.org)

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