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Craig Weiler

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I regard skepticism as a form of bigotry that most people can cure themselves of. But some people are hard core bigots and they cannot be cured.
—Craig Weiler[1]

Craig Weiler is an American parapsychology activist, known for posting anti-skeptic rants on the internet. He describes himself as a "psychic healer".[2][3]

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[edit] Background

Weiler has no education or qualifications in science. His current occupation is working as a handyman.[4] According to a description of himself on his blog:

I, myself am an older white guy who is psychic, but don’t do it professionally. I am currently in transition from being in construction to a career in speaking and writing and I am working on my first book. If you are psychic too, I want you to know: you are not alone.[5]

Weiler admits he hasn't read many books on parapsychology, but that hasn't stopped him from giving lectures on the subject.[6]

[edit] Beliefs

Weiler claims that psi and all kinds of woo have been scientifically proven[7] but ignores most of the skeptical literature on it.[8] He feels dualism explains how psi could exist[9] but ignores scientific studies that have contradicted it.[10] He also feels Dean Radin's The Conscious Universe (1997) contains proof that psi exists, but if he'd done any research he might have found Radin did not manage the file-drawer effect correctly, made fundamental errors in his calculations, and ignored possible non-paranormal explanations for his data.[11] Weiler is supportive of the bogus mediumship experiments of Gary Schwartz,[12] and has even defended Sylvia Browne.[13]

[edit] 911 conspiracy theories

Weiler is also a proponent of 9/11 conspiracy theories:

I've seen these videos of the towers collapsing for years and all of a sudden I realized that I was looking at something that is impossible by everything I know. Nothing that big comes apart in a cloud of dust like that. Nothing. Never. Ever. It's not possible for structures to fail like that by any known means... look at some videos of controlled demolitions and tell me if truly enormous plumes of dust suddenly erupt from everywhere as the building completely disintegrates before your eyes. Show me any destruction of a large building that looks anything like what happened on 9/11... I'm in construction and I know how buildings are built and how they normally come down.[14]

[edit] Internet rants

Weiler is notorious for posting anti-skeptic rants to the Skeptiko forum, the SCEPCOP website, and his own blog, The Weiler Psi accusing skeptics of being atheists, materialists and "pseudoskeptics", especially if they disagree with him.[15][16]

In March, 2013 [17] Weiler accused the TED talks of being run by "atheists" and engaging in "censorship" after they moved videos of controversial talks by Rupert Sheldrake and Graham Hancock from the TEDx YouTube channel to the TED blog.[18] The TED staff issued a statement explaining, "The reason people are upset is because they think there has been censorship. But it’s simply not true. Both talks are up on our website."[19]

In October 2013 Weiler published a blog post titled "The Wikipedia Battle for Rupert Sheldrake’s Biography" claiming that Sheldrake's Wikipedia bio was supposedly being targeted by a group called Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia (It wasn't). The blog was eagerly reposted by various new age woo websites.[20]

[edit] Psi Wars: TED, Wikipedia and the Battle for the Internet

In November 2013, Weiler self-published Psi Wars: TED, Wikipedia and the Battle for the Internet. The book promotes his conspiracy theory that atheist skeptics have taken over mainstream media, universities, scientific organizations and are working together to promote their skeptical views on Wikipedia.[21] The book was negatively reviewed by the paranormal investigator Hayley Stevens who concluded "The only recommendation I can make for this book is to leave it on the shelf unless you want a headache. No amount of reasoning will make a difference here."[22]

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[edit] Footnotes

  1. Craig Weiler posting woo
  2. Biography for Craig Weiler Also see Biographical information at Reality Sandwich
  3. In October 2013, he warned someone on Wikipedia: "if you ever attach the word -psychic- to my name you are to never put it into quotations. That is a personal insult, it is bigotry and I will not tolerate it."
  4. Craig Weiler "Occupation: the favorite profession of drunks, drug addicts and serial killers."
  5. About The Weiler Psi
  6. Craig Weiler at Brother, Can You Spare a Paradigm?
  7. The Scientific Evidence for Psi Weiler's Wordpress blog
  8. Weiler does not mention notable publications which have debunked psi claims such as C. E. M. Hansel. ESP: A Scientific Evaluation. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1966. Rev. ed. as ESP and Parapsychology: A Critical Re-evaluation. Buffalo, NY: Prometheus, 1980. Leonard Zusne, Warren H. Jones. (1989). Anomalistic Psychology: A Study of Magical Thinking. Psychology Press. Terence Hines (2002). Pseudoscience and the Paranormal (2nd ed. ed.). Amherst, N.Y.: Prometheus Books. Jonathan Smith. (2009). Pseudoscience and Extraordinary Claims of the Paranormal: A Critical Thinker's Toolkit. Wiley-Blackwell.
  9. Which theory may explain PSI?
  10. Lycan, William. (1996). Philosophy of Mind in The Blackwell Companion to Philosophy. Nicholas Bunnin and E. P. Tsui-James, Oxford: Blackwell Publishers. Wilson, D. L. (1999). Mind-brain interaction and the violation of physical laws. In B. Libet, A. Freeman, & K. Sutherland (Eds.). The Volitional Brain (pp. 185-200). Thorverton, UK: Imprint Academic.
  11. Victor Stenger. (2002). Meta-Analysis and the Filedrawer Effect. Skeptical Inquirer. Volume 12.
  12. Evidence for the Afterlife
  13. [Sylvia Browne Dead http://www.skeptiko.com/forum/threads/sylvia-browne-dead.239/#post-3872]
  14. Weiler on 911 conspiracy theories
  15. A Critical Look at CSI, (formerly CSICOP), a Pseudo-Scientific Skeptic Organization
  16. Weiler posts abuse against skeptics in the "PseudoSkeptic Fallacies" section of the forum
  17. "The Psi Wars Come To TED"
  18. The debate about Rupert Sheldrake’s talk
  19. TED conference censorship row
  20. The Wikipedia Battle for Rupert Sheldrake's Biography on a woo website
  21. Psi Wars: TED, Wikipedia and the Battle for the Internet
  22. Review: PSI Wars: TED, Wikipedia and the Battle for the Internet
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