Re: Psi and Science Fiction

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Wed, 04 Aug 1999 14:46:54 -0500

Bryan Moss wrote:
> Craig Presson wrote:
> > I stopped reading SF for a long time because of stuff like this.
> I've often wondered why SF writers tend to harbor a belief in 'psi'.
> If only there were an SF writer on this list who had previously expressed an
> interest in psi who I could ask about the subject...

I used to believe in psi. The reason, from my current perspective, was simple enough: No Internet. I'd read a couple of "science fact" articles from people I later found out were lunatics, but they were very plausibly written. No exclamation points, just the reporting of experimental results and personal experiences. With no way to just type stuff into Altavista and find different opinions, I believed what I read.

           Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
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