Wikipedia: the New Flat-Earthers?

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Steve Bhaerman | Notes from the Trail Blog

“The problem with the reality police is, they may be enforcing an unenforceable reality.”— Swami Beyondananda

One of the more thoughtful, eloquent, and provocative books to emerge in the past several months is Charles Eisenstein's latest, The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible. This book offers many gems, and especially this one: We are in a time “between worlds” as the old reality of “only the material world is real” and “survival of the fittest” is hanging on for dear life (or more accurately, dear death) and a new understanding that we are all connected by invisible fields is emerging.

So naturally (and unnaturally), these realities are vying for bandwidth on both the internet and outernet. Perhaps you heard the story a few months ago where TED talks was leveraged into removing Rupert Sheldrake's talk for being “pseudo-science”. As Bruce Lipton and I point out in Spontaneous Evolution, sometimes the white-coated scientists can be just as fundamentalist about their non-religious beliefs as the black-cloaked priests have been about their religious ones. Indeed, “scientism” fundamentalists even use religious terms like “heresy” to dismiss observable phenomena that their existing knowledge cannot explain.

The latest kerfuffle involves Wikipedia (see discussion below) whose founder Jimmy Wales derides supporters and practitioners of energy medicine as “lunatic charlatans.” Now before we wale on poor Jimmy, it's important to recognize that 100 years after Copernicus proved mathematically that the earth revolves around the sun, Galileo was imprisoned for making the same assertion. Now it's nearly 110 years since Einstein asserted that we live in a universe or relationships, not dueling dualities — and “reality” hasn't caught up yet.

Copernicus and Einstein did the math, and then it was up to what historian Arnold Toynbee called the “creative minorities” to do the aftermath — to bring this developing knowledge into the mainstream.

So, yeah … maybe it's time to shuffle the deck and re-balance the conversation a bit. Please check out the letter from and if you like the precepts of ACEP (Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology), let your voice be heard and your vote seen. Sign the petition, and make a statement.

It's important that we recognize prejudice disguised as anti-science (e.g., the extremely well funded anti-climate change movement) as well as prejudice disguised as science. Remember, just because a phenomena cannot be explained by science's current understandings doesn't mean it doesn't exist. Time to gently prod Wikipedia and the rest of what Paul Ray calls the “Modern” worldview to entertain a bigger and rounder world than the one they've limited themselves to.

Let the new games begin — and may the best paradigm win!

Wikipedia Founder Censors Alternative Health Care Industry, Calls Providers “Lunatic Charlatans” 


Dear Steve,

 As promised, ACEP is working on your behalf to make energy psychology more widely available. We're trying to change the framework though which people view EP by communicating the facts.

 As you know, in December 2013 ACEP sponsored a change.org petition, which has now been signed by over 8,200 people. The petition charges that Wikipedia's information about holistic approaches to healing such as Emotional Freedom Techniques is biased, misleading, out-of-date or wrong, preventing the public from getting accurate information. 

Wikipedia's founder responded by calling people like you “lunatic charlatans”.

“No, you have to be kidding me. Every single person who signed this petition needs to go back to check their premises and think harder about what it means to be honest, factual, truthful.

Wikipedia's policies around this kind of thing are exactly spot-on and correct. If you can get your work published in respectable scientific journals – that is to say, if you can produce evidence through replicable scientific experiments, then Wikipedia will cover it appropriately.

What we won't do is pretend that the work of lunatic charlatans is the equivalent of “true scientific discourse”. It isn't.”

Jimmy Wales, founder, Wikipedia  Posted on March 23, 2014

Wikipedia's founder tried to censor energy psychology, energy medicine, acupuncture and the entire alternative healthcare community in one broad stroke when he responded to our petition on change.org by referring to its supporters as “lunatic charlatans”, stating that Wikipedia would cover work in respectable journals. Apparently he is oblivious to the fact that there have been over 50 energy psychology research studies, many of them published and reviewed by respected scientific journals such as the Journal of Clinical Psychology, Review of General Psychology, and Traumatology. (for references see https://www.energypsych.org/research).

ACEP is not asking Wikipedia to take a pro energy psychology position. We simply want them to follow their own guidelines and accurately present both sides of the story. In lieu of that, we want the public to become aware that when it comes to information about complementary and alternative healthcare (such as EFT), Wikipedia should not be considered a trustworthy source for unbiased information.  Read ACEP's full position

We're asking you to take action now.

Sign the petition if you haven't already.

Comment on Jimmy Wales' response, and ‘like' Debby's comment on his response. (This helps keep her reply at the top of the list.) 

Send this email to your colleagues, asking for their support by signing the petition and commenting on Jimmy's response.

Important: We're taking a strong, but balanced position on this issue. When you add your comments, please use that tone. A professional dialogue will have the best impact.

This is a great opportunity for us. Let's seize it together!

Warm regards,

Debby and Bob

, Debby Vajda, LCSW, DCEP
 President

 Robert Schwarz, PsyD, DCEP
 Executive Director

Steve Bhaerman is a writer, humorist and political uncommontator who has been writing and performing comedy for the past 25 years as Swami Beyondananda. On the more serious side, he is author with Bruce Lipton of Spontaneous Evolution: Our Positive Future And a Way to Get There From Here, and he is about to launch his new blog and movement, Evolutionary Upwising.

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