Monday, February 21, 2011

The Distortion of Skeptics: recent Mike Tymn Interview

Mike Tymn interviews British journalist Robert McLuhan about his book, Randi's Prize, which discusses how debunkers and pseudoskeptics twist, distort,and manipulate the facts to avoid the truth.

Robert mentions how some skeptics responded to events around Raymond Lodge's after-life communications, suggesting "they unconsciously strip out the paranormal element, so that they literally can’t see what the fuss is about." This is something that we refer to as "psychospiritual amnesia" and devoted a chapter to in  The Risen. We noted that the effects of this ego-mind aspect are so strong that even when someone is talking about a numinous experience, the listener literally can't hear it.


At Fri Feb 25, 06:03:00 AM 2011, Blogger Madame de Monsieur said...

Exactly what makes me give up on discussion pages - whether it's about meditation, Spirit, personal beliefs or whatever. Sooner or later, relevant or not, someone will trot out the "you're delusional" trope. Dr Neal Grossman coined a good word for it, which you're probably very familar with: fundamaterialism.

At Fri Feb 25, 08:28:00 AM 2011, Blogger August Goforth said...

I've never heard of "fundamentalism" so thanks for a new word! It makes me wonder exactly what "fundamental" means when a fundamentalist is using it; or even what "fundamental" means as it is. Its roots like in the Latin for "foundation", and before that, from "found", the Latin of which is "to pour or cast." This suggests that there was something - or nothing - before somebody - or something - poured a foundation. This suggests the phenomenon of the essence of materialization. In Genesis it tells us, "Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, 'Let there be light,' and there was light."

Another definition of foundation is found as a derivative of "fundament" - which can mean foundation, but according to, also means "the buttocks" or "the anus." So here we have a clearer idea of what a fundamentalist is.

At Sat Feb 26, 02:11:00 AM 2011, Blogger Madame de Monsieur said...

LOL I was thinking of that other old use of "fundament" while I read your reply, August - methinks it could mean "talking out of one's ... " would be a good definition for both fundamentalists and fundamaterialists!


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