Skepticism about the paranormal: Legitimate and illegitimate

@article{Kurtz2005SkepticismAT,
  title={Skepticism about the paranormal: Legitimate and illegitimate},
  author={P. Kurtz},
  journal={Experientia},
  year={2005},
  volume={44},
  pages={282-287}
}
  • P. Kurtz
  • Published 2005
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Experientia
  • With the growth of belief in the paranormal, skepticism can play a vital role in the scientific appraisal of claims. There are two forms: the first, hardly legitimate, is negative or total skepticism. It is nihilistic and dogmatic, and essentially self-defeating and self-contradictory. The second, a legitimate form, is selective skepticism. Here skepticism operates as a methodological principle of inquiry, testing hypotheses and theories in the light of evidence, but always open to new… CONTINUE READING

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