Distorted visions 1

December 17, 2004

Your account of the controversy about the girl with "X-ray vision" (December 10) was so obviously biased that I wondered why your reporter felt the need to display his prejudices.

He said Brian Josephson is "scorned by colleagues for his enthusiasm for the paranormal", whereas he called Richard Wiseman a key member of the "respected" Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal. He could have said with at least as much accuracy that the CSICOP is an ideologically motivated debunking organisation and that Josephson is much respected for his courage and independence.

It would have been more respectful of readers' diverse views simply to report the controversy without taking sides.

Rupert Sheldrake
London

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