Paranormal Skeptics now Called Paranormal Critics
After some more research on the history of skepticism and some deep research into the origins of the “scientific skepticism” movement I think it is no longer appropriate to address all skeptics en masse. This is an unfair generalization and in fact the skeptical community has a wide array of viewpoints and methods. Instead I will describe those that label themselves as skeptics, but fail to follow classical skeptical method, as paranormal critics. Some label them pseudo-skeptics but there is an argument to be made against that label.
To clarify the term paranormal critic applies to those like Joe Nickell that frequently criticize paranormal methods and believers while demonstrating exceptional examples of lazy investigation practices and employment of logical fallacies.
Nevertheless some references to skeptic will remain for the purpose of continuity and because that is the generally recognized term, but I want those logic-based skeptics to know they aren’t the object of my critiques. At times I may also use the term modern skeptic or scientific skeptic, all of which should be considered synonymous with paranormal critic.