Tuesday, May 26, 2009

SCEPCOP - The world's first organized counter-skeptic group!

http://www.debunkingskeptics.com

Introducing SCEPCOP, the world's first organized counter-skeptic group. Back in 2001, I was the first to write a book length treatise debunking 30 primary arguments of pseudo-skeptics against the paranormal and anything that challenged orthodoxy. Much needed at the time, it quickly became hailed in paranormal circles as a comprehensive masterpiece and the first of its kind. And now, as a protest to CSICOP, I've formed SCEPCOP. After all, if the pseudo-skeptics can form organized groups to attack the paranormalists, why can't we form an organized group to attack them too? They are not infallible, but in fact rifled with obvious fallacies and twisted ways of thinking that make no sense. Thus it's justly due that they are exposed.

The Paranormal is one of the most exciting frontiers today. Research into Consciousness, Quantum Physics and Psychic Phenomena, etc. explores venues that may unlock the mysteries of the universe and gateways to other dimensions or levels of reality and consciousness. This provides deeper insights into the larger picture of reality, meaning for our existence and hope for a better future in which humanity's consciousness and awareness are elevated to new heights, transcending greed, lust for power, hatred, violence, ignorance, and the confines of the material paradigm in a competitive Darwinistic world.

However, standing in the way are groups of organized ridiculers, scoffers and attackers masquerading under the term "skeptics" who attempt to suppress anything that challenges their 19th Century scientific materialistic views of orthodoxy. They are debunkers distort, dismiss and obfuscate to get their way. In truth, they are not true skeptics engaging in open inquiry, but selective debunkers who are defenders of orthodoxy. That's why we call them "pseudo-skeptics". A "true skeptic" objectively inquires and seeks evidence, challenging even their own beliefs. But these pseudo-skeptics do anything but. They never question the views of the establishment, materialistic science or anything presented as "official".

These organized pseudo-skeptics have formed public organizations such as JREF (James Randi Educational Foundation), CSICOP (Committee for Scientific Inquiry into Claims of the Paranormal) and many smaller groups. In media reports and programs on paranormal phenomena, these skeptics are presented as the final authorities on the matter and often get the last word. But most psychic researchers have neither the time or interest to debate these debunkers.

So now, it's our turn to form a counter organized group as well. Enter SCEPCOP. As CSICOP was formed to "police the claims of psi" (though they are now called CSI), SCEPCOP now in turn acts to "police the cynicism of pseudo-skeptics". We will debunk all their arguments, revealing their fallacies, inconsistencies, false dogmas posing as "rules of logic" and double standards, showing that they are not objective truth seekers, but biased debunkers defending establishment views, whose minds were made up from the beginning, exposed by their own actions.

Of course, all pseudo-skeptics claim to be true skeptics, just like all high pressured salesmen claim to not be high pressure, all liars and con artists claim to be honest, and all politicians claim to be honest. But as you know, "actions speak louder than words" so the proof of what they are is in their ACTIONS, not words. If a salesman for example, told you "I am not a high pressure salesman" but then proceeds to pressure you to buy his product/service, hounding you without end and not taking no for an answer, then what do you believe, his words or his actions? Likewise, when a self described skeptic tells you that he is a true skeptic, open to evidence, yet he automatically denies, dismisses, ignores and even ridicules ALL evidence that contradicts what he believes or the views of the establishment, then do you listen to his words or his actions? The answer is obvious.

First, you may start by browsing through the common fallacies of pseudo-skeptics section on the left.

See our main treatise debunking 30 common arguments by organized skeptics such as James Randi, Michael Shermer, Steve Novella, the founders of CSICOP, etc.


If you wish to discuss any of these topics, you may enter our forum and post your discussions there.

On the right side, you will see links to News, Skeptiko Podcasts, Videos, Great Articles about Pseudo-Skepticism on other sites, Recommended Books and the Best Blogs of Paranormal Researchers


If you wish to join our mailing list or join SCEPCOP and have your work featured on the front page, apply at the links near the top of the page.

Thanks and if you have any questions, please post them in the forum so that others may benefit from the discussion, or contact us at scepcop@debunkingskeptics.com

Sincerely,
The SCEPCOP Team

"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes." - Marcel Proust, French novelist

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Zeitgeist: The most IMPORTANT film out there! Must see! Watch and pass on!

Hi folks,
March 15 is Zeitgeist Day, and all around the world, fans of the Zeitgeist movement will be gathering and watching the second Zeitgeist film "Zeitgeist Addendum" at volunteer homes and public centers. So as a new fan of this movement, I'm doing my part in sharing this film and movement to you.

I've been watching the two films and orientation presentation of Zeitgeist during the past few days, and I must say that I am so impressed by its visionary wisdom and logic that I am declaring this film the BEST and most IMPORTANT film I've ever seen. (You know if I say something like that, then it's gotta be good)

This is the kind of film that changes the way you look at everything and ignites an awakening in you and leaves you with a visionary sense and hope for the future.

In short, this film first exposes many of the lies we've been taught and brainwashed with, then it offers brilliant technological solutions to the problems of the world that make sense and are probably humanity's best hope, and urges that we all must first change our own inner consciousness level first to begin that change. The guy who made it is obviously a very evolved genius and intellectual with great presentation skills. If you're looking for something to believe in and hope for, this is it. Just watch it and you'll see what I mean. It's been spreading like wildfire lately, and now the second film has come out which goes much deeper and is the best one. Here is the link to it:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7065205277695921912

If you feel inspired by it and believe in its cause, then please pass it on. And here is the link to the first film, which is also great, but not as good as the second.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-594683847743189197

There is also a presentation orientation that explains the concepts in an easy to understand format.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3932487043163636261

Some of its main points are:

1) Our current monetary and profit system is failing, as well as the free enterprise system. Technology and automation are displacing workers more and more each year in both the manufacturing and service sector, giving them no where to go, which in turns removes their purchasing power, which in turn reduces consumption of goods and services, thus the profit system implodes and if failing, so there needs to be a new model, which it offers.
2) Technology and science can already eliminate scarcity in the world, thus eliminating hunger and poverty, the cause of most crime. But the primary obstacle to that is the PROFIT system, which depends on scarcity to drive up prices, thus "abundance" is an enemy to such a system. Also, problems do not get solved unless there is profit in solving them, so that's why hunger and famine hasn't been eliminated yet. Therefore, the profit system needs to be replaced with a resource based economy.
3) The monetary system corrupts, therefore there can never be a truly ethical government or corporation, and in a scarcity society of haves and have-nots, you can never be truly safe if someone out there is deprived of their needs. Also, the Feds practice of creating money out of nothing is like a huge pyramid scheme that eventually will fail and implode, thus the world financial crisis right now.

Anyhow, pass these links on if you like them. The movement's website is at http://www.thezeitgeistmovement.com

If you're interested, here are some interviews you can listen to with the brilliant visionary maker of the film, Peter Joseph, on YouTube. If you listen to him talk, you will see how intellectual and obviously on a higher plane than most.

His interview on Coast to Coast

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaF43UO9Aro

Interview on The Power Hour

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Trmwa572GUw

Interview on Eerie Investigations

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQRnjBRET6k&feature=related

Interview on Expansion Radio

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=naMhYRLP2fE

BTW, there is an interview with Alex Jones too but I wouldn't watch that one cause it's basically a debate in which Alex Jones constantly interrupts with his cave man voice and strange leaps in logic which becomes annoying as hell after a while.

Anyway, Happy Zeitgeist Day!
Winston (taking a temporary break from Happier Abroad)