None of the debunkers
actually lays things out as explicitly as this, but this version seems to me to capture what is most challenging about the new debunking efforts:
In 1920, Bisson, after some hesitation, permitted Houdini, a vocal critic and unremitting debunker
of spirit mediums, to attend one of Eva's performances "showing the phenomena of materialization" (Houdini 167).
A little precognition might have shown the debunkers
just how wrong they were.
Whether in the arena of sports, politics, or peace, once put on a pedestal they become targets of debunkers
and deflators, eager to show the hero's mere humanity.
More effective is Jennings's targeting of Darwin debunkers
with giveaway stickers printed on gold paper and inscribed with a paragraph beginning: THIS BIBLE CONTAINS MATERIAL ON CREATIONISM.
In the first half of the book, "The Reception of Ancient Scepticism in Elizabethan and Jacobean England," Hamlin offers a thorough and convincing survey of the way skepticism operated as a "force of transition" (6) for those involved in debates over witchcraft (the anti-Catholic exorcism debunkers
Reginald Scot and Samuel Harsnett) a nascent scientific method (Bacon), controversies in religious doctrine (Arminianism and Socinianism), and so on.
One of the most combative and pugilistic of the debunkers
is Michael C.
I suppose I too am keeping the story alive, but unlike the debunkers
or Sister Mary, The Da Vinci Code does not scare me.
of the curse theory like to point out that the award often goes to managers who have had a run of relatively easy games, and that probability dictates that they are due the trip to Stamford Bridge or the visit from Arsenal that will bring their good run to a halt.
Although Lilienfeld and his coeditors do not themselves address the vitriol to which previous debunkers
of pseudoscientific methods have been subjected, Carol Tavris' foreword discusses the reactions to her New York Times Book Review essay, "Beware the Incest Survivor Machine" (1993), as well as to the Rind, Tromovitch, and Bauserman Psychological Bulletin article, "A Meta-Analytic Examination of Assumed Properties of Child Sexual Abuse Using College Samples" (1998).
No doubt the professional debunkers
are unhappy that this is edging into public awareness via the media.
In fact, he had his debunkers
, and a number of today's historical revisionists regard him as a liar, fraud, and cheat.
Thank goodness Park has joined the ranks of debunkers
(whose notables include Benjamin Franklin, Carl Sagan, and Stephen Hawking) in reminding us that while we may long for magic, there is nothing to indicate that things are anything other than what they are.
Modern connectivity simplifies fact checking, and debunkers
are networked together for greater fact sharing.
Devastating as Rapp's immanent critique is to the pretensions of postmodernist theorizing, his project involves more than merely debunking the debunkers