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Old March 22nd, 2010 #1
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Default Paul Kurtz (Prometheus Books)

Prometheus Books is a publishing house founded by atheist, "skeptic," and "secular humanist" Paul Kurtz. Kurtz is known as "the father of secular humanism" and it would also be fair to say that he's the father of organized "skepticism" (as represented by the likes of James "the Amazing" Randi and Michael Shermer).

Kurtz's Wikipedia article doesn't explicitly say he's a jew, but listed in the "See also" section at the bottom of his article are links to Wikipedia's "List of Jewish scientists and philosophers" and "List of Jewish American philosophers," so one has to wonder why those are there (even though the lists themselves don't contain his name at this time).

I've been skimming Prometheus's online book catalog and see a definite pattern in what it publishes. Here are some typical examples:

http://www.prometheusbooks.com/index...oducts_id=1181

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The Tree of Life : The Wonders of Evolution
By Ellen Jackson

Many children's stories and books have addressed the idea of biblical creation, but the number of works written to acquaint youngsters with the extraordinary and continuing process of natural evolution has been few.
http://www.prometheusbooks.com/index...oducts_id=1049

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Investigating the Unexplained
By Melvin Harris

Melvin Harris, a researcher and broadcaster for the BBC, has written a fascinating expose of long-lived "psychic mysteries." Investigating the Unexplained examines many claims made by the proponents of the paranormal. Harris' work led him into the worlds of ghosts and demons, haunted houses, and spirit mediums. He checked up on reports of reincarnation, poltergeists, a mummy's curse, and eyewitness accounts of "little green children."

This book gives us the real facts behind the famous Amityville Horror hoax, the hypnotic regressions to past lives recorded on the much-publicized Bloxham tapes, the "psychic detectives" involved in the search for Jack the Ripper, and many other "fully authenticated" but incredible tales.

Harris went back to the primary sources of these stories and found he was always able to say, "Sorry, you've been duped!" For every legend he debunks, Harris present the facts. He shows us how and why a hoax was perpetrated. Often the public grasps on to someone else's story and, before long, these tales are mythologized and believed to be truths. Investigating the Unexplained is an exciting look at psychic mysteries and the facts behind them.
Even this seemingly innocuous book on math furthers the atheist agenda by implying that all occurrences are random and accidental:

http://www.prometheusbooks.com/index...oducts_id=1924

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Mathematical Amazements and Surprises: Fascinating Figures and Noteworthy Numbers
By Alfred S. Posamentier and Ingmar Lehmann

What are the odds of finding two people who share the same birth date in a room of thirty-five? Most people would guess they’re pretty low. In actuality, the probability is better than 80 percent.

This is just one of many entertaining examples of mathematical curiosities presented in Mathematical Amazements and Surprises.
http://www.prometheusbooks.com/index...oducts_id=1652

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Nietzsche & The Jews : Exaltation & Denigration
By Siegfried Mandel, Ph.D.

German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche has been the subject of many intellectual biographies, yet none thus far is as liberating as Nietzsche & the Jews, an in-depth examination of his relationships with Jews and Judaism.

For the first time in any study of Nietzsche, Siegfried Mandel persuasively argues that this controversial 19th-century philosopher was truly ambivalent toward Jews, many of whom were quite influential in his intellectual and social pursuits.

Incorporating writings and conversations by philosophers and others with whom Nietzsche interacted (e.g., Wagner, Schopenhauer, Gibbon, Freud, and others), the author liberates his subject from "venerators and detractors alike" by demonstrating that Nietzsche was both "philosemitic" and anti-Semitic. This dual attitude of praise and criticism adds to the complexity of Mandel's subject, an intellectual enigma who remains one of the most controversial and misunderstood thinkers in history. Forceful, lively, and original, this book incorporates a wealth of evidence that opens Nietzsche's life and works to more careful study and reflection.

http://www.prometheusbooks.com/index...roducts_id=185

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The Homosexuality of Men and Women
By Magnus Hirschfeld, M.D.

One of the founders of the scientific study of sex, Magnus Hirschfeld, M.D. (1868-1935), led the field in objective examinations of homosexuality, transvestism, and gender identity. The Homosexuality of Men and Women was designed to provide a unified, comprehensive description of homosexuality which would rid heterosexuals of homophobic prejudice and allow gays and lesbians to accept themselves and stop feeling isolated.
I suppose it's logical that atheism, a belief in natural evolution, and a desire to debunk claims of the paranormal would go together, and I suppose it would also make sense for atheists to try to whitewash Nietzsche's views on the jews to put them more in line with today's Cultural Marxism, but something I haven't quite figured out yet is why this ideology is almost always accompanied by support for "gay rights" and the Hirschfeldian view of homosexuality. What is it about being an atheist that makes it almost obligatory that one regard faggotry as natural rather than a perversion? Time and time again I see atheists embrace this non sequitur.

And might the attacks on holocaust revisionism by organized "skeptics" have something to do with Paul Kurtz being a jew?
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Old March 22nd, 2010 #2
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Some dynamite stuff here about the roots of humanism's aversion to claims of the paranormal:

http://www.skepticalinvestigations.o...yearswar_5.htm

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The report is thoroughly researched and extensively referenced, the authors having “surveyed the entire production of The Humanist since its inception in 1941 through May/June 1977 in an effort to fathom the resistance of the AHA to paranormal functioning.” According to them, “even the most open-minded review of the written production of the AHA and the Committee (i.e. CSICOP) easily established that some 80 percent is negative propaganda against parapsychology and individuals involved in it”, while the policy of the AHA journal had “clearly and inexorably led to establishing the fundamentals of Marxist materialism” and had “equally inexorably sought the disestablishment of any non-material possibilities” (even those of quantum theory). The authors had no difficulty in naming the most likely source of this hard-line policy. Discussions with past and present AHA members and a thorough review of all AHA literature “ indicate that the AHA since 1948 has been dominated by the beliefs, financial influence, and political orientation of one Corliss Lamont.” Corliss who?, some may ask.

Corliss Lamont (1902-95) was a radical philosopher, author, civil rights campaigner and wealthy heir (his father was a partner in the J.P.Morgan banking firm). He was also a lifelong admirer of Stalin. He made the first of several visits to the Soviet Union in the early thirties and wrote glowingly of his experiences in “the new world of the twentieth century”. Such optimistic views were not uncommon at the time, being shared by the likes of G.Bernard Shaw and André Gide, but they were less common in the 1970s following the Soviet invasions of Hungary and Czechoslovakia. However, the authors of Report No.2 noted that “a survey of Lamont’s writings up through 1974 reflects his beliefs and he has not shifted from them siginificantly since his first travels to the Soviet Union”. He was, they said, “an unabashed admirer of Soviet thinking” whose writings included a book hopefully entitled You Might Like Socialism. A Way of Life for Modern Man (1939), four books and nine pamphlets on Soviet matters one of which, The Myth of Soviet Aggression was published just three years before Soviet tanks rolled into Budapest. He ran for the U.S. Senate for the American Labor Party (1952) and the Independent Socialist Party (1958). He was named Humanist of the Year in 1977 and president emeritus of the AHA in 1992.
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Kurtz’s unflagging opposition to claims of the paranormal is part of a larger ideological agenda. He is not a scientist, but a philosopher and sees the primary role of the Skeptical Movement as educative. In his reflections on 25 years of CSICOP (Skeptical Inquirer, July/August 2001) he wrote, “The basic question that we need to ask is, Why do paranormal beliefs persist?” The one possibility that he did not consider is that some of the phenomena these beliefs concern, like telepathy, might actually exist. He thinks Skeptics and secular humanists have a duty to propagate a materialistic world-view. “It is incumbent on us to defend the naturalistic interpretation of reality, a materialistic not a spiritual-paranormal account. We need generalists of science to sum up what science tells us about the human condition in a Universe without purpose or design, yet who have the ability to awaken wonder and excitement about the scientific quest itself.”
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