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.