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

You've reached your article limit

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 6 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Featured Jobs

Lecturer/Assistant Professor of Psychology UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN (UCD)
Lecturer/Assistant Professor of Geography UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN (UCD)
Lecturer/Assistant Professor of Economics UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN (UCD)
Lecturer/Assistant Professor (BDIC) UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN (UCD)
Lecturer/Assistant Professor in Social Work UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN (UCD)

Most Commented

Home secretary says government will support 'best' universities

Man handing microphone to audience member

Academic attainment of disadvantaged students can be improved if they can decide how they are assessed, study claims

Woman drinking tea from saucer

Plugging a multibillion-pound deficit exacerbated by June’s poll result may require ‘drastic measures’, analysts have warned

Italy's gold medallist

New measures to ensure universities are ‘not penalised’ for taking poorer students also outlined for next stage of TEF

Classroom, school

Higher education institutions can and should do more to influence education at a secondary school level, says Edward Peck