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The unbearable fear of psi: On scientific censorship in the 21st century.

Cardeña, Etzel LU (2015) In Journal of Scientific Exploration 29(4). p.601-620
Abstract
This paper describes various examples of blatant attempts to

suppress and censor parapsychology research and those who are doing it.

The examples include raising false accusations, barring access to journals,

suppressing papers and data, and ostracizing and persecuting scientists interested

in the topic. The intensity of fear and vituperation caused by parapsychology

research is disproportionate even to the possibility that the psi

hypothesis could be completely wrong, so I speculate on the psychological

reasons that may give rise to it. There are very few circumstances in which

censorship might be appropriate, and the actions by parapsychology censors

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This paper describes various examples of blatant attempts to

suppress and censor parapsychology research and those who are doing it.

The examples include raising false accusations, barring access to journals,

suppressing papers and data, and ostracizing and persecuting scientists interested

in the topic. The intensity of fear and vituperation caused by parapsychology

research is disproportionate even to the possibility that the psi

hypothesis could be completely wrong, so I speculate on the psychological

reasons that may give rise to it. There are very few circumstances in which

censorship might be appropriate, and the actions by parapsychology censors

put them at odds not only with the history of science but with the history

of modern liberal societies. Appendix 1 is an Editorial censored by the

then-editors of the Journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. (Less)
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suppress and censor parapsychology research and those who are doing it.<br/><br>
The examples include raising false accusations, barring access to journals,<br/><br>
suppressing papers and data, and ostracizing and persecuting scientists interested<br/><br>
in the topic. The intensity of fear and vituperation caused by parapsychology<br/><br>
research is disproportionate even to the possibility that the psi<br/><br>
hypothesis could be completely wrong, so I speculate on the psychological<br/><br>
reasons that may give rise to it. There are very few circumstances in which<br/><br>
censorship might be appropriate, and the actions by parapsychology censors<br/><br>
put them at odds not only with the history of science but with the history<br/><br>
of modern liberal societies. Appendix 1 is an Editorial censored by the<br/><br>
then-editors of the Journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.},
  author       = {Cardeña, Etzel},
  issn         = {0892-3310},
  keyword      = {science,censorship,suppression,parapsychology},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {601--620},
  publisher    = {Society for Scientific Exploration},
  series       = {Journal of Scientific Exploration},
  title        = {The unbearable fear of psi: On scientific censorship in the 21st century.},
  volume       = {29},
  year         = {2015},
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