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> Religion & Paranormal
> The Transcendental Temptation: A Critique of Religion and the
> Paranormal
> by Paul Kurtz. Published by Prometheus Books.
> The first part of the book comprises of a solid explanation and
> defense of both skepticism and the scientific method. There are, on
> the one hand, people who defend a practical stance towards
> knowledge and belief - people who are usually called empiricists,
> rationalists or skeptics. But on the other hand are people who are
> not content with mundane reality and who are susceptible to claims
> about deeper mysteries and truths which require faith for
> acceptance.

Or which stem from direct personal experience.

> This magical thinking is certainly irrational, in that it
> deliberately bases conclusions upon a clear lack of demonstrable
> evidence and without regard for logical coherence or consistency.
> It is also anti-scientific because methodologically, science seeks
> knowable, testable and repeatable explanations for events. Science
> does not get involved with ad hoc pseudoexplanations which cannot
> be tested or understood in by any coherent means.

There's a long and fascinating article here--


--documenting the tendency of CSICOP (the skeptics'
organization co-founded by Kurtz and the writer of
the article, Dennis Rawlins) to deal with evidence
"without regard for logical coherence or consistency,"
or even integrity.

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