I was just thinking: we have Robert Lancaster’s excellent Stop Sylvia site, which I think is an excellent cause, and now we have other similar sites dedicated to stopping prominent woo’s.
I originally intended on the morning of April 1st to open www.stop-cj23.com but sadly the domain registration would have taken too long and cost money. And I don’t have any money (more of which in a moment!)
It is not for me to boost his ego by pointing out what an-arch proponent of woo the poster known as CJ.23, Jerome, Chris Jensen Romer or in his purple phase “undecipherable squiggle symbol” is. Let us just say that he is well known to hang out in all the places the usual suspects can be found – parapsychology, ghosthunting, paranormal TV, history and philosophy of science, Science Festivals, occult convocations, General Synods and on Rainy Days and Mondays the Dawkins and JREF forums.
And what does he do? He peddles woo. What woo? All sort of woo. Who do? you do – er no, I think that is heading in to a Bowie lyric. Anyway, he often acts as a religious apologist on this very forum, peddling the most disturbing (and researched) claims about factual distortions, misapplied logic and pseudohistory, and is on record as disputing almost everything from “there is no evidence to God” to “theism is irrational” to even “extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.” On one occasion he sank a slow as to agree with Larsen.
Given his history of involvement with both mainstream parapsychology, paranormal TV from Discovery’s Ghosthunters (not the silly US plumbing one. ) to Most Haunted and Most Haunted Live, and his interminable use of bandwidth arguing pedantically about silly pointless things, I think CJ must be stopped. Worst of all he is An Anglican, a particularly virulent breed of literalist Creationist monstrosity, who make “sinners in the hands of an Angry God” look mild with their famous “cake or death” mantra.
So I have decided to end his reign of woo, and get rid of him. How? It’s simple. CJ is broke, having gone to the Edinburgh Science Festival (Saturday precursor events excellent) and then with an SPR Study Day, and investigation in a Castle and then the Cheltenham Science Festival in the next few weeks. He is tremendously broke. He needs money, and fast! So how can he get it?
Well, I will set up www.stop-CJ23.com and solicit donations from the sceptical community of course! (I’ll also advertise both sceptical books, and even woo books on Nazareth not existing if I can make a few tax free quid out of it. Do you believe in UFOs, astral projection, ESP, clairvoyance, spirit photography, telekinetic movement, full-trance, mediums, the Loch Ness monster and the city of Atlantis? If there’s a steady paycheck in it… I’ll believe anything you say” to quote Ghostbusters.)
So rather than supporting the excellent StopSylvia, please, think for a moment. Would you not prefer to stop cj.23? Pretty please? Just a few donations, and I promise he will head off to a series of conferences and eventually Barbados or similar, and you will never be troubled by him again. So I plead of you – help STOP CJ.23!