report showing that the late Harry Price, one-time honorary secretary of the University of London Council for Psychical Investigation and author of The Most Haunted House in England, himself faked some of the evidence for the haunting of Borley Rectory. But in connection with phenomena so subtle as to be detectable only by statistical tests, my feeling was that it would be quite difficult to prove in 1955 that A had whispered something to B in 1945.
Soal complains that I wrote "a diatribe of unsupported conjecture." But I did not. My conjectures that parapsychologists might be capable of fraud were supported by the eminent authority Soal himself: 8
"There is unfortunately among American investigators an atmosphere of showmanship which has created in the minds of British scholars a deep distrust. British scientists for instance are not favourably impressed by Rhine's discovery of a telepathic horse (or was it a precognitive clairvoyant pony?), by the sudden vanishing of Dr. Reiss' phantom percipient into the blue of the Middle West, by the perfect scores of 25 cards correct in 25 successive guesses alleged to have been made by Pearce and the child Lilian, by the card-guessing feats of Pearce while sitting in a motor car and similar marvels.
"Such things simply do not happen in England, or if occasionally they appear to happen they are quickly exposed as frauds or conjuring tricks. In America they are not exposed; they are proclaimed genuine with a blare of trumpets."
Rhine has stated that publication of my paper is "on the whole, a good event for parapsychology." It would be wiser for him to see it not as a good event but as a good opportunity. This challenge has presented him with the opportunity to achieve at one stroke the scientific recognition for which he has been struggling for almost thirty years. But if he and Soal continue to evade the challenge, then publication of the paper will prove to have been a very bad event indeed for parapsychology.