Letter to The Skeptic written in 2002
It was generous of Chris to allow me the last word in our extended dispute over the strength of evidence for psi.
It remains true that strict replication isn't possible with psi tests, although lab-
I don't argue that sceptics' negative results arise solely from the supposed experimenter effect: i.e. that negative vibes produce negative results. There's some evidence of this, certainly, but more important is that many of the tests are designed on false assumptions. E.g., if I'm trying to discover whether some aspect of psi exists and in what conditions it best operates, then I shouldn't test a bunch of average students, but go for someone who claims psychic powers. Then I make sure I thoroughly understand the conditions in which that person works, and design an experiment which fairly tests him. The implicit assumption that psi is a universally distributed, uniform faculty is absurd.
All too often this is not done, and with serious consequences. For instance, it is
now apparent from overwhelming evidence from several sources that Chris Robinson
Chris exaggerates the amount of study and classical scholarship required for an impartial
assessment of the Dorr-
We have examined all the original documentary evidence. Apart from a very few statements,
all must have had a paranormal origin. The only issue is where the information came