The true-believer syndrome merits study by science. What is it that compels a person, past all reason, to believe the unbelievable. How can an otherwise sane individual become so enamored of a fantasy, an imposture, that even after it's exposed in the bright light of day he still clings to it — indeed, clings to it all the harder?… No amount of logic can shatter a faith consciously based on a lie.M. Lamar Keene

I stumbled across this book by sheer accident (probably guided by spooks) - The Psychic Mafia. It has long been out of print and has somewhat of a cult following. An original print copy is available on Amazon for only $520.68. Unfortunately for them, I also stumbled across a .pdf which is attached - 3748334-The-Psychic-Mafia.pdf, (also downloadable from ScribD), which contains the clear instructions -

You may make this electronic version available to others, in any manner you wish, as long as the book is out of print, but you may not ask money for it, and you must impose these same conditions on anyone that obtains it from you

which I am following here. It does look very intriguing, I have only briefly flicked through, but this paragraph caught my attention -

there is a peculiar mythology about paranormal claims and science that colors every debate on the subject. Proponents of paranormal claims frequently present themselves as heretics whose unconventional views and disconcerting data threatens to overturn all of established science; and that’s why, they claim, science refuses to acknowledge this data. Strangely, most of the unconventional ‘Heresies’ are old orthodoxies (Creationism, astrology, the powers of prophets and seers, some aspects of herbalists’ claims, tarot cards, the existence of ghosts, etc.) that were overturned by the heretics of science. In this sense, many pro-paranormalists seem not only somewhat conservative, upset at how science threatens conventional beliefs, but can legitimately be termed reactionaries, demanding that progress and change not only be halted, but reversed.

It's on my "to do" list of stuff to read now. It looks rather promising, so I'll present it here to you guys as a product unread and without any guarantees of veracity. There is some scattered information on it, but none that is organised or coherent. In fact there's some quackophony too, with some paranormal "researchers" praising the work for debunking the frauds and separating them from the "real thing". <snort>. I'm sure you can all evaluate it for yourselves.

Tags: charlatans, debunk, expose, mediums, psychics, spiritualists

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Quoting The Skeptic's Dictionary:

Keene believes that "the true-believer syndrome is the greatest thing phony mediums have going for them" because "no amount of logic can shatter a faith consciously based on a lie."

OUCH. I HOPE this doesn't mean what I think it means ... 'cuz I have NO desire to bang my head forever against the wall of irrational belief only to discover that the wall came from the same place from whence Sisyphus got his rock.
I'm afraid it does. I have given up on trying to convince nutjobs of their nuttiness - I now consider them all to be intellectually disabled and leave it at that, because they are. I just give them public humiliations now and send them on their way.
This is where I've landed. I don't debate unless the other person is aware that they are choosing to believe and can openly admit it. Even then, I just do it for fun. Otherwise, it is a waste of my time and energy.
Thanks. It'll join my "to read" list too.
Thanks - I hope it has some good insight. It might be a 'get rich quick' book though. ;^)
I read through the first 20 pages - I got it on my I-Touch phone so I can read it anywhere. I was amused by the term "phony mediums" - as opposed to real ones? Although it could mean between the crooked mediums and the delusional ones.
It shows, once again, that stupidity is a great source of revenue for the enterprising.
I was amused by the term "phony mediums" - as opposed to real ones?

Yeah, that's pretty much what I got from scanning it and reading the online quackophony about it. See the link above especially. There are folks that are worried that it will tar serious mediums with the same brush. The dumbness burns. I guess what it confirms is there actually is a difference between delusion and fraud, at least in the eyes of the practitioner. Those with true-believer syndrome that use parlour tricks wouldn't view it as fraud - they would view it as necessary tools to promote TRUTH because those uncooperative spooks won't perfrom on command for all of the customers all of the time, and the customers do need convincing.

As I said, I haven't fully read it, so caveat emptor. It was just my gift to you.

PS: I-anythings are for reetards.
PS: I-anythings are for reetards.
I don't know about that - it's a great toy (those of us in our 2nd childhood love toys) Beside that I can contact my medium when ever I want - I don't even have to dial to make contact - he has an app for that.
It also has coke -

I want that app.


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