It was not a huge effect but to many CSICOP members, it was intolerable, and thus began a very nasty science denier gutter fight that clearly illustrates the difference between a skeptic and a denier.
New Zealand psychologist Richard Kammann, who would be one of three members to resign from CSICOP as a result of these events, would write in an exegetic essay on the Gauquelin affair:
In concluding, I would ask CSICOP
not to manufacture any more sick antelopes; the parapsychological community already has all the staggering quadrupeds it can deal with.
However, despite her admiration for the high quality of the research on prayer and with the ganzfeld, and despite her disillusionment with CSICOP
, she still writes:
This example regards CSICOP
as an "independent investigator" attempting to "replicate initial research findings" since 1976, which most JP readers know is a falsehood.
They amplify their ambivalence and wear it like a medal by joining both the PA and CSICOP
(Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal).
pseudoscience, nonscience, and nonsense: Twenty-five years of CSICOP
Later he left CSICOP
, after he decided that the organization advocated a biased stance against paranormal claims.
It is impossible to review much of this in any detail, but some of the topics covered include: famous, popular, and prominent psychics; conjurors; CSICOP
(Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal) and debunking; the role of the paranormal and small groups like SORRAT (Society for Research in Rapport and Telekinesis) and the Kubler-Ross circle; psi and various religious sects; psi and institutions such as academe and the entertainment industry; the history of psychical research; hoaxes, government disinformation, and something the author calls "unbounded conditions," including cattle mutilations, UFO flaps, and Big Foot sightings.
To some degree, membership for the SS grew out of an earlier but disbanded group, the Southern California Skeptics, which had been affiliated with CSICOP
, and some SS personnel (most notably magician James Randi) are also associated with CSICOP
From the stage of the 20th Congress of CSICOP
, he agreed that the evidence of some anomaly has been established, and we now need to move on to process-oriented studies to determine the source of the anomaly.
The third chapter is by Paul Kurtz, one of the founders of CSICOP
, and is entitled "The New Skepticism.