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Chris Carter

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Christopher Carter is a Canadian philosopher and parapsychologist.

Biography[edit]

Carter is originally from Canada but studied economics and philosophy at Exeter College in Oxford, England.[1] He has no scientific education or qualifications. He currently lives in Venezuela.[2]

Parapsychology[edit]

See the main article on this topic: Parapsychology

He is known for his books on parapsychology and life after death. He takes a very dogmatic stance against materialism and repeatedly states in his books that consciousness has been proven to exist outside of the physical body and that because of this science has disproven materialism. He attacks those who do not accept his claims and his books are filled with ad hominem attacks against "materialist skeptics". He is known for setting up straw man arguments and equating science with materialism in his books, which has nothing to do with the supposed evidence he reports on. Despite his criticism of science, Carter still slops science in the title of his books to try and sell more copies. Carter is not honest enough to admit that what he is advocating is metaphysical — in the woo sense of the word.

Benjamin Radford who has reviewed Carter's book Science and Psychic Phenomena has written that it is "populated with mistakes; ad hominem attacks; recycled, long-refuted criticisms of skeptics; and straw man arguments."[3]

Evidence[edit]

Carter's evidence consists of old Victorian reports of spirits being invoked in seances, cases of reincarnation, and near death experiences which he claims have scientifically proven life after death. He has never observed any of these things himself or carried out any experiments. He rejects any natural explanation for paranormal phenomena. Most of the data he reports on is highly contradictory (the mediums he advocates rejected reincarnation) and has been discussed before in countless other books. Carter ignores any evidence contrary to his beliefs — he chooses to disregard ectoplasm because it was discovered in seance rooms to be the result of fraud made of butter, muslin, plastic dolls or newspaper clippings. He also rejects the psychological evidence for mediumship.

Agenda[edit]

He has made his agenda clear by defining any skeptic of the paranormal as a "militant atheist".[4] He also supports intelligent design.

Selective quote mining[edit]

Carter is known for quote mining reports and moving words around. He usually uses selective quotes from early parapsychologists and psychical researchers. For example he quotes C. D. Broad the Cambridge philosopher on many occasions, but what he does not mention is that Broad was very critical towards some paranormal phenomena and rejected much of it. He also quote mines the philosopher Curt Ducasse; however Ducasse was very critical towards mediumship. He does the same to many other scientists or researchers who have studied the paranormal, and by doing this paints a false picture of many of these scientists to his readers that they were actually believers in all paranormal phenomena.

Carter's quote mining is as dishonest as the creationists. His books are also filled with arguments from authority.

Publications[edit]

  • Science and the Afterlife Experience: Evidence for the Immortality of Consciousness (2012)
  • Science and Psychic Phenomena: The Fall of the House of Skeptics (2012)
  • Science and the Near-Death Experience: How Consciousness Survives Death (2010)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Exeter College
  2. Chris Carter at Coast to Coast AM
  3. The House of Skeptics Serves Psi (And Crow)
  4. Chris Carter Science and the Afterlife Experience: Evidence for the Immortality of Consciousness p. 14