Post by J. Clarke
Nothing there about "discredited".
Scientists who boldly study new fields are often, for that reason only,
disparaged, often unjustly, by their colleagues.
Wikipedia is being mild and careful, if anything. But given that most scientists
started out thinking that he was a kook and a crank to begin with, even without
hard evidence of same, once it is definitely established that every single
positive result he got was the result of sloppy statistical work... well, any
interest in pursuing ESP further on the part of the scientific community in
general can be described as now dead rather than merely moribund.
And if ESP does really exist, and there's a better way to test for it than Zener
cards, well, whichever bold scientist goes that route is now going to face an
even tougher uphill battle than Rhine initially did. So if ESP does really
exist, it will be harder for us to find out about it.