Have the debunkers lost credibility in
A MOST DISTURBING, DESPICABLE
AND PROFESSIONALLY OFFENSIVE PSYCHIC EXPERIMENT
started his career as a conjurer, and ... he tirelessly promotes the Skeptical
cause through public lectures." Dr Rupert Sheldrake, professional scientist.
R Wiseman to be impartial with psychics is like asking a
Ku Klux Klan
Wizard to be impartial about African Americans." Victor Zammit
the attempt to unconscionably and cruelly 'AMBUSH' gifted 'medical intuitive'
17 year old Russian Natasha Demkina by US nationally recognized debunking, negative
group CSICOP's Messrs. Profs. Hyman and Wiseman - there were a number of most
questionable, irregular and unethical conditions, which have made the experiment
one of the most profoundly despicable in the history of psychic investigation
in the United States.
Conclusion: is the test conducted by Hyman
& Wiseman on Natasha technically INVALID?
To all bona fides psychics,
psi empiricists, members of the Society for Psychical Research UK and the US -
and those who have genuine intuitive gifts such as 'medical intuitives'.
YOU BE THE JUDGE!
Accordingly in the public's interest, there are
certain critical issues to raise:
i) CRITICAL : why didn't these debunkers
Hyman and Wiseman and CSICOP inform Natasha Demkina when she was still in Russia
that these mentioned:
a) are deeply entrenched closed-minded skeptical
b) have a longstanding consistent reputation for being negative,
for being actively anti-psychic,
c) have a history in the US and UK and elsewhere
of NOT finding anything in favor of psychic phenomena,
attack and denigrate psi scientists who obtain positive psi results and
that gifted British psychics - such as Chris Robinson- bitterly complained that
Wiseman 'tricked' them, 'fooled' them by changing the procedure in the experiment
at the very last moment without due notice - exactly what these two closed minded
debunkers did to Natasha.
f) did not inform Natasha that Wiseman obtained negative
results whereas brilliant American empiricist Dr. Marilyn Schlitz doing the SAME
psychic experiment obtained positive results illustrating 'Experimenter Effect'
- that deeply a entrenched negative experimenter ALWAYS obtains negative results.
ii) When the issues are so critical and fundamental for Natasha - traveling
from Russia to the US, etc
why didn't the organizers show the mandatory
'due diligence?" Why did they willfully neglect their duty to make FULL disclosures
about who they are and the reputations of themselves and of those who financed
iii) Why didn't the debunking experimenters allow for
an INDEPENDENT empiricist to oversee the experimental procedure to ensure that
there would be no cheating, no 'empirical sleight of hand' by anyone and that
there would be true equanimity in the empirical testing?
iv) Why wasn't
the selection of the subjects to be medically assessed independently confirmed
as legitimate and bona fides?
v) Why weren't the medical records of
each subject available for any inspection?
vi) Why was there no evidence
presented that the subjects had no connection with the experimenters, with CSICOP
or with any other skeptical or anti-psychic groups?
vii) On the day
of the experiment, why was Natasha's usual interpreter replaced by one chosen
by the negative CSICOP?
CRITICAL: Why did Hyman and Wiseman CHANGE Natalia's
METHODOLOGY with which she was consistently obtaining successful results?
my opinion is that the negative experimenters willfully changed the methodology
- a MOST FUNDAMENTAL VIOLATION in scientific method - so that they themselves
could use 'empirical sleight of hand' on Natasha to prevent her from obtaining
Instead of maintaining the established correct repeatable
protocol Natasha established, the experimenters Hyman & Wiseman introduced
new extraneous variables: the matching of the cards with the patients' alleged
known medical problem.
Secondly, instead of allowing Natasha to examine
them individually, the experimenters to confuse Natasha, allowed the group to
stand up and be close to each other.
We are informed by the experimenter
among other things words to the effect - "we had to change the procedure
to prevent cheating." Why should the presumption of fraud be on psychics
and not also on the experimenters Hyman & Wiseman - with a notorious reputation
for negativity and debunking? Why is it that we ought to believe the experimenters
( who in my opinion do not have credibility in conducting psi experiments) that
Natasha could cheat and not assume that the experimenters themselves could cheat
to prevent Natasha from obtaining best results?
If Natasha consistently
obtained positive results, the experimenters would have had their decades of professional
reputation DESTROYED. The imputation would be that they were WRONG and that for
more than twenty years or so had not been competent in conducting psi methodology
- as other professionals from the United States and the UK imputed in their assessment
of negative psi empiricists.
For these closed minded debunking experimenters
Hyman & Wiseman this would lead to the most fundamentally serious consequence
of not obtaining any funding and of irrevocably losing their professional credibility
I submit that all of this would be a strong motivation
for Hyman & Wiseman and anybody else in their position to lie, cheat and be
dishonest not only to Natasha, but to the DISCOVERY television network and to
the public generally.
The anti-psychic experimenters made it very easy
for themselves to cheat, lie and deceive: just get THREE dummies from the skeptical
movement to contradict Natasha's reading.
CRITICAL: Why was Natalia's
vital support- emotional, psychological and linguistic removed?
empiricists KNOW that to duplicate an experiment, ALL relevant variables have
to be maintained constant - to be IDENTICAL. This vital and most imperative procedure
was blatantly violated by the skeptical experimenters.
in the US remote viewing program showed for good results in psi experiments it
is essential to have a relaxed and positive environment. Negative expectations
by the experimenter have been shown to effect results.
Hyman & Wiseman
knowingly subjected Natasha to a highly stressful situation by changing the protocol
and refusing to allow her mother to stay with Natasha during the experiment. Further,
a different interpreter was chosen by the negative skeptical debunkers CSICOP
would add to the disruption of obtaining positive results. Natasha herself was
still in strange surroundings (her first trip to the US) and suffering from jetlag.
CRITICAL: Why did Hyman & Wiseman NOT keep ALL variables constant when Natasha
initially obtained 100% successful results? (see vii above)
Natasha when relaxed under normal circumstances takes a relatively short time
to assess a patient's health condition, during the final test she took more than
four hours. There was pressure for her to "hurry up" in her assessment.
This was another intruding negative variable to willfully skew any possible positive
results. And on balance of probabilities, this also raises the very serious charge
that there could have been subjects from the skeptical movement to guarantee negative
CRITICAL: It is mandatory by law if the contract and the tests
are to be validated in any way that Natasha be informed she had a technical RIGHT
to obtain independent expert advice from lawyers who are also experts in psi.
Not only that, it will be essential to show that she was informed of her rights
in Russian and that she understood her rights and all the essential information
pursuant to the 'due diligence' was conveyed to her.
Conduct of the matter
shows there was no equality in the bargaining powers of the parties in the contract.
No sane lawyer would have advised Natasha to go through the experiment with the
closed minded American skeptics. Clearly, Wiseman & Hyman exploited her and
most unconscionably took advantage of Natasha's immaturity and her definitively
weak bargaining power. That alone would be sufficient to make nugatory all negative
The immediate conclusion to the reasonable open-minded person
inevitably would be that Natasha Demkina would NOT have accepted the invitation
to go to New York to be negatively manipulated, to be tricked, to be unconscionably
exploited - to save the reputation of those notorious closed minded negative debunkers
who were made to look stupid and totally irrelevant by the brilliant psychic results
produced by Natasha Deminka elsewhere for over five years.
But even with
the odds hugely against her repeating her successes because of the enormous obstacles
placed against her, Natasha still scored an amazing four out of seven - which
is SIGNIFICANTLY far better than chance. I reiterate, that it is a very real possibility
that one or more of the seven "subjects" could have been primed to make
it IMPOSSIBLE for Natasha to get perfect or positive results.
advise gifted psychics, psychic celebrities and anyone connected with psychic
phenomena (psi) and the afterlife to keep away from these above-mentioned 'negatives.'
Do NOT participate in any experiments conducted by the consistently negatively-minded
Messrs. Ray Hyman & Richard Wiseman - and CSICOP. They are actively using
'empirical sleight of hand' to try to discredit genuine psychics. In this group
I also include the other deeply negative Zwinge James Randi.
to keep away from this aforementioned irretrievably negatively entrenched anti-psi,
anti-afterlife evidence quartet.
I submit that what anti-psychic traditional
psychologists have done is to create a legacy of unfairness, negative manipulation,
exploitation of innocent subjects and dishonesty in experimentation that will
do down in history as the greatest betrayal in the investigation of medical intuition.
Victor Zammit October 2004
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