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David Schwimmer - Paleontologist

Wasn't really planning on three updates to my journal today, but this was so humorous that I couldn't resist.

One of my favorite advocacy groups is the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal. This group's role should be obvious from their name, so astrology buffs are advised not to search their site for astrology-related information lest their feelings get hurt.

On the Council for Media Integrity page, running down the right-hand side, is a list of council members. One of those member is "David Schwimmer, Paleontologist". As many of you know, an actor named David Schwimmer plays a paleontologist on the TV show "Friends." As it turns out, there really is a paleontologist named David Schwimmer and he works for Columbus College in Georgia.
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CSICOP
Ooooh...this hit a nerve

Committee for Sending Infinite Capacities Of Paper

I've never received so much junk mail as I did when I let my subscription to their "I'm rubber and you're glue, we don't have to actually put forth a coherent argument because we don't wear crystals" Skeptical Inquirer lapse.

Seems to me that if you're arguing whether or not it's possible to bend spoons with your mind, then calling your opposition a bunch of hippies and ridiculing them is just plain wasting your breath and bad showmanship. It's like taking candy from a baby, and then calling the baby fat.
Re: CSICOP
Editorial content aside (as those are naturally opinions and are not the meat of the research they publish), can you point to examples where they both use ad hominem attacks but fail to put up coherent arguments? Calling opponents "hippies" is not a good thing and if they do that it can cause them to lose credibility.
CSICOP
I'll dig out my old issues. I'm sure I still have some around. My primary issue with them was the sheer number of Ad Hominem attacks in their articles. I'm dissing them from memory here so I am, in essence, just as bad as they are, but one example really sticks out in my mind. In one case they took on the task of people always call or get in car crashes or have heart attacks when you are thinking about them, isn't that spooky? There's a lot of legitimate research on the subject. Instead of citing the research, they just made fun of people who believe that you think about your grandma because she just had a heart attack.