Monday, March 1, 2010

Debunking PseudoSkeptics - CSICOP, James Randi, Michael Shermer, etc

December 10, 2009

___________________________________________________________ stands in solidarity with the 9/11 truth movement, as well they should and visa versa. We are fighting the same people on different fronts and sometimes on both. The larger encompassing battle here is true skepticism vs pseudo-skepticism, with the spoils of war being the truth in all matters.

As was pointed out by user "The ICONOCLAST" on the entry "***A Must Read*** On Pseudo-Skepticism - A Commentary by Marcello Truzzi (former Professor of Sociology at E. Michigan U.)":

Pseudo-Skepticism is so important for people to understand because it is quite possibly the strongest force preventing 911 truth from breaking wide open (although what an amazing achievement for the movement to have made it this far in the face of such seemingly insurmountable odds). Pseudo-Skepticism is the greatest enemy of 911 truth and as the great Sun Tzu remarked in his classic book, "The Art of War," "Know Your Enemy"
As stated in the video above, the Scientific Committee to Evaluate Pseudo-Skeptical Criticism of the Paranormal (SCEPCOP) is the antithesis to the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP). Well guess what? Marcello Truzzi (who wrote the above "must read" article for the 9/11 truth movement) co-founded CSICOP, then soon after decried it and left. Truzzi stated that they "tend to block honest inquiry," that "most of them are not agnostic toward claims of the paranormal," but "out to knock them," and that "when an experiment of the paranormal meets their requirements, then they move the goal posts.”

Truzzi coined the term pseudo-skceptic to describe such people. Today the pseudo-skeptics are also moving the goalposts in the 9/11 truth movement.

Sadly, SCEPCOP links to a few sites that promote Pentagon-no plane theories, again, I beg them, and all truthers who do so to please research further. Other than that, I think it's a great site and am pleased to see them speaking up about 9/11.

I can already hear the 9/11 truth gossip artists, but stop right there, you have already been debunked:

Myth #4: Conspiracy theorists believe in UFOs / Aliens / Apollo Moon / Holocaust denial

This is a straw man and an ad hominem fallacy. Not all conspiracy theorists believe in the same things, nor does believing in aliens invalidate their arguments on other theories. The only thing linking these things is that they are all perceived to be conspiracy theories. Each should be evaluated on its own merits.

However, if a theorist bases their beliefs on poor argumentation, then other conspiracy theorists may want to distance themselves from him/her or question that theorist's ability to support their own ideas. Many such people are accused of being deliberately planted to discredit other theories, a technique called the "poisoned well". The media then proceeds to discredit an entire investigative movement based on a few silly theories - a strawman attack.

When the media lumps anybody who doesn't trust the government version of 9-11 into the category of flat earthers and holocaust deniers, any real conspiracy there might have been is given the ultimate defense. Namely, a pre-emptive, universal ad hominem on anyone who would dare talk about it publicly, the archetypal "tin foil hatter".

Related Info:

Why James Randi, Michael Shermer and other Pseudoskeptics are NOT real skeptics!

They Are the Ones Who Are Not Skeptics

I have seen the light! [Satire]

JREF Forum posts: "Comprehensive characteristics of the pseudoskeptic"

911 Truth: Michael Shermer's Amateur Disinformation Attempt Fails (again!)