The Skeptic answers
If you read the Shields Gazette, you might have spotted that last Thursday columnist Mike Hallowell used his column to call out a commenter on this blog. the Skeptic. The article isn’t on the Gazette’s website so I can’t link to it. Sadly, Hallowell failed to mention that it was this blog, despite lifting a good bit of text from it. It seems 600 words or so doesn’t provide enough space for courtesy. The Skeptic has responded to Hallowell’s last comment on the Dangerous Delusion post, but I thought the response was also worthy of it’s own blog post, so with the Skeptic’s permission, here it is.
Update: 3rd January 2012
You’ll note that the rest of this post has now gone. Mike Hallowell has received advice that some of Skeptic’s comment is ‘definitely actionable’, so I’ve removed the comment from this post. Similarly, in the interests of self preservation other response comments which Mike Hallowell has been advised as being ‘definitely actionable’ on other threads will be unapproved, and one of my own posts slightly edited.
Some of the comments may return after further consideration.
However, Skeptic’s link to the excellent XKCD site on the ‘current state of the findings of parapsychological research’ still stands:
Update 2: 3rd January 2012
I’ve been told that Skeptic will be starting his own blog on science, skepticism, philosophy and sociology. Maybe he will revisit this discussion.