Thursday, September 21, 2006

Theories of telepathy and afterlife cause uproar at top science forum

"Work in this field is a complete waste of time," said Peter Atkins, Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oxford. "Although it is politically incorrect to dismiss ideas out of hand, in this case there is absolutely no reason to suppose that telepathy is anything more than a charlatan's fantasy."

Proving telepathic communication or nonlocal consciousness poses unique challenges. The sad part is that the biggest ones are guys like Atkins.


W.M. Bear said...

The programmatic "skeptics" of telepathy are coming from the same science fundie mindset as Face skeptics. "It can't be therefore it isn't." (And anyone who thinks differenly must be excommunicated from the Church of Orthodox Science.)

Mac said...


Sad, isn't it? Seriously. This sort of dogmatic approach to the unexplained makes me mad.

W.M. Bear said...

This sort of dogmatic approach to the unexplained makes me mad.

Actually, it more saddens than angers me (although I can understand your reaction too). It's depressing because it reveals the rather severe mental limits and strictures that constrain the world's scientific/intellectual community. These are basically the same mental types who in previous lives probably persecuted people like Copernicus and Tycho Brahe for proposing the heliocentric theory of the solar system. They're so closed-minded, they're not even willing to entertain the POSSIBILITY of alternative knowledge and explanation. Given the history of science, if nothing else, they really ought to know better.