Annotated Links

Too often, skeptical pronouncements appear to rest on the arrogance of ignorance. That is unfortunate because skepticism and observations from multiple perspectives have such an important role to play in science. This is especially true for science at the edges, but it is exactly there that skeptics too often fail because the believe they know what is possible and impossible. These links provide some criticism of skeptics who are failing at their job, and also point to some useful skeptical sources and professional forums which present multiple perspectives.

A new website (2014) called Skeptical about Skeptics, is maintained by Cathi Carol. It includes a wide range of perspectives and information about skeptics and skepticism, useful in helping media people get an honest picture. The intent is to focus the tools of skepticism on the skeptics themselves. Many of them are agenda driven, and they do not speak for "the science community" as they often claim. This site replaces Rupert Sheldrake's extensive site on skepticism called Skeptical Investigations.

Dean Radin maintains several active website resources, one of which is a blog in which he sometimes comments on skeptical issues.

Alex Tsakiris hosts a podcast called Skeptiko: Science at the Tipping Point, which promotes intelligent debate featuring cutting edge scientists and capable skeptics. The Skeptiko website maintains a discussion forum and a growing collection of excellent interviews.

The Parapsychological Association is a resource for information on professional parapsychology, which is a frequent target of skepticism. The PA does not directly address the skeptics, but is proactive in providing solid information on the science.

The Society for Scientific Exploration provides a forum for many disciplines which are at the frontiers of mainstream science. The SSE invites skeptics to become members and to contribute constructively to good science at the edges of what we know.

Open Source Science takes the user-built model of wiki and linux for a spin in the more general realm of controversial science. It is a place for professional researchers and skeptics to meet to create something that is better than either side of the debate can do alone.

An essay criticizing the prominent CSICOP fellow, Massimo Pigliucci, on his claims about ESP research was published on his blog, Rationally Speaking by Maaneli Derakhshani, currently a graduate student in theoretical physics at Clemson University, and a one-time student of Pigliucci. The comments are especially interesting as a study in the power of prejudgment.