07-03-2012, 09:18 PM
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| | “Heads I Lose, Tails You Win”, Does Wiseman have Credibility Issues?
An article well worth reading by Chris Carter from the Journal of the Society for Psychical Research 74: 156-167 (2010): http://www.skepticalinvestigations.o...er_Wiseman.pdf
“Heads I Lose, Tails You Win”, |
Or, How Richard Wiseman Nullifies Positive Results, and What to
Do about It: A Response to Wiseman’s (2010) Critique of
by Chris Carter
Psychologist Richard Wiseman is a well-known British critic of parapsychology, frequently appearing in the British media to “debunk” psychic research. In his recent (January/February 2010) Skeptical Inquirer article “‘Heads I Win, Tails You Lose’: How Parapsychologists Nullify Null Results”, Wiseman argues that parapsychologists have tended to view positive results as supporting the existence of psi, yet have adopted various strategies to ensure that null results do not count as evidence for the non-existence of psi. However, I am going to demonstrate that throughout Wiseman’s career, he has tended to adopt a “heads I win, tails you
lose” approach to parapsychology’s research findings, viewing null results as evidence against the psi hypothesis, while attempting to ensure that positive results do not count as evidence for it.
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