Science and Pseudoscience on the Internet with Craig Weiler

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Quote:Craig Weiler is a parapsychology journalist and the author of Psi Wars: TED, Wikipedia and the Battle for the Internet. He also hosts the Weiler Psi blog. His website is https://weilerpsiblog.wordpress.com/ Here he discusses the controversies that occurred when TED talks by biologist Rupert Sheldrake and writer Graham Hancock were removed due to pressure from individuals proclaiming themselves as scientific skeptics. He also explains the process by which similar zealots have come to dominate Wikipedia. He argues that open discussion of new or unpopular ideas is more effective than censorship.
'Historically, we may regard materialism as a system of dogma set up to combat orthodox dogma...Accordingly we find that, as ancient orthodoxies disintegrate, materialism more and more gives way to scepticism.'

- Bertrand Russell



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