Doubtful News’ chief skeptic Sharon Hill takes aim at group thinking in a piece at Huffington Post:
Many of us have grown up believing in the paranormal. We read all the expert’s books. We listened to the gurus and believed the eyewitnesses. Not too many of that crowd picked up the skeptical literature that addressed the flaws in those beloved paranormal ideas. There are good reasons why we tend only to hear what we want to here.
Too many assume they can read a few books or watch a few TV shows just in this narrow niche and then consider themselves experts. Not so. An expert is a person who has made lots of mistakes and learns from them. It’s trial by fire.
Many paranormal “experts” are woefully ignorant of the history of their own field let alone the critiques of it. I try to encourage paranormalists to take a look at the skeptical literature on their favorite topic. If you don’t know the arguments against your field, how can you say you KNOW your field at all. It’s discouraging when I see this closed-mindedness to criticism.