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[Interview with social media expert and Wikipedia critic, Rome Viharo exposes cyber bullying tactics employed by dogmatic Skeptics on Wikipedia.]

Rome Viharo: Personally I have no interest in promoting Rupert Sheldrake’s ideas or his hypotheses and I really can’t say scientifically if they’re valid or invalid. That was never my argument. My arguments were always on what’s called the “lead section,” which is just describing the basic information about the man. Rupert Sheldrake is a biologist, author, and lecturer.

I was offended because these editors were basically abusing the metadata, the first sentence of the paragraph, to immediately frame Rupert Sheldrake in a light that is just biographically not true but in a way where he has no credibility after the first sentence.

So when I joined the page, what I found offensive was “Rupert Sheldrake is a former biologist,” right? So I just found that offensive and I was like, “Where is the source that he’s a former biologist? Where is the evidence of this?” So all I was trying to do was really just change the lead section. There are so many scientific publications that refer to him as a biologist.

Alex Tsakiris: Well, it’s absurd. He has dozens and dozens of scholarly, peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals. I think he’s published in Nature, if I remember correctly.

Take line two from the Wikipedia entry. It’s just unbelievable. “From 1967 to 1973 he was a biochemist and cell biologist at Cambridge University.” Well, what happened after that? He stopped being a biochemist? He’s not being a biologist? It’s just absurd.

Rome Viharo: It’s like something from a Monty Python movie.


Rome Viharo, Skeptiko 11 Comments [9/2/2017 1:44:21 PM]
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Pharaoh Bastethotep

I read Sheldrake's book without knowing of his reputation... or rather, I gave up rather quickly because it was nothing but psychoceramics.

9/2/2017 1:53:20 PM

Kanna

Wikipedia says "researcher in the field of parapsychology". That, as far as I can see, is what he turned to as a field of study, so the past tense is appropriate regarding his job history. Trust me, a lowly lab biologist is unlikely to have sufficient prestige to be listed in Wikipedia in general; it's only in his new field that he found notoriety, and it's only in his new field that we think of him as a nut. His previous education and experience is minor in comparison.

9/2/2017 3:36:11 PM

Jeff

Rome Viharo is this crazy guy:

https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Rome_Viharo

Admits to being a paid editor, receiving cash from Chopra, having edited Deepak Chopra's Wikipedia page; Viharo tried to remove sources on Chopra's article that are critical of quantum woo. He also tried to edit Rupert Sheldrake's article, then ended up banned for trolling and sock-puppetry. Now he dedicates all his time pretending he got "cyberbullied" at Wikipedia with a massive victim complex.

Although Viharo claims he doesn't support Sheldrake's theories and is an Agnostic (about everything), he wrote that Sheldrake's views are *not* pseudo-science. This would be like someone claiming creationism isn't pseudo-science; the only people who make such claims are people who support these. Regardless, if you simply raise this point, Viharo gets mad and claims "misinformation" is being posted about him.

What else? He believes in a conspiracy theory that "skeptics" control Wikipedia and bully editors. In reality he got banned for supporting pseudo-science, trying to remove actual science sources critical of Chopra's nonsense as well as socking on different accounts. He also takes issue with his RationalWiki article that accurately logs his internet history (he's also banned from RW for trolling and socking), again screaming he's been "cyberbullied". The guy needs to grow a pair.

9/2/2017 6:25:16 PM

MagicMan

Rome Viharo is an infamous internet troll-

"Following all this are descriptions of his trolling adventures, which are, as one might expect, kind to forums which fell for his shit, and nasty to those which saw him for the troll he is and banned him."

- An administrator of a forum who banned Viharo

http://ponderersguild.yuku.com/topic/3617/Tumbleman-Fujacko-banned#.VInZ_H3LfK4

The above goes back to 2005. He's been doing shit like this for over a decade. No surprise Wikipedia and RationalWiki also banned him.

9/2/2017 6:39:38 PM

575748

Alex Tsakiris

https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Alex_Tsakiris

Looks like man who interviewed Rome Viharo is as crazy as him.

9/2/2017 6:44:09 PM

Waller Joel

Rome Viharo worked as a paid editor for Deepak Chopra and attempted to remove criticisms of Chopra from his Wikipedia article. He was found out and banned on Wikipedia as he had already been banned on another account called Tumbleman. He basically invented Chopra's Integrative Studies Historical Archive and Repository, an alternative medicine woo database for all kinds of nonsense like acupuncture or chi energy.

Viharo is a big time pseudoscience promoter and internet troll.

9/6/2017 7:13:45 AM

Azereaux

If someone is not actively doing something, then referring to their prior activities in the past tense is appropriate. I mean, that would be like the article on Rex Tillerson saying that he is the CEO of ExxonMobil rather than the former CEO just because he was, at one point, CEO. Things change.

9/8/2017 6:16:23 AM

Manul

Rome Viharo was banned on Wikipedia for disruption and sock-puppeting. He then invoked a conspiracy theory that he was banned by skeptics and the Wikipedia article for Rupert Sheldrake was being run by a skeptic group. He presented no evidence for this.

Viharo later admitted he was a paid editor for Sheldrake, so he was never a neutral editor. Weird thing he had no edits on Wikipedia articles itself, he was not a constructive editor, he just used the website to troll the talk-pages and moan about skeptics.

Here is what Tim Farley a well known software engineer and skeptic wrote regarding Viharo "It is clear to me, if only from his extreme verbosity, that this guy is just a troll trying to soak up as much of everyone's time as possible. Every comment elicits a gigantic reply from him, no issue is too small for him to write thousands of words on it."

As of the present month (September, 2017) Viharo still operates his website "Wikipedia We Have a Problem", on this website he stalks the Wikipedia editors he blames for his ban and promotes delusional conspiracy theories about skeptics high-jacking Wikipedia and other websites.

I am a victim of Rome Viharo's internet abuse. He has written a lot of negative things about my Wikipedia account "Manul" on his website. Like another commenter said above, he seriously needs to grow a pair and move on with his life instead of attacking innocent people and blaming them for his Wikipedia ban.

9/8/2017 8:48:14 PM

Jeff

The no lifer now makes videos about his rationalwiki article.

Rome Viharo: My jilted lovers; the "skeptics" on RationalWiki et al

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4zvuZFnJes
https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Rome_Viharo

funny that the video is 18 mins and yet he doesn't refute one thing the article says about him, but even admits to being a troll who "played tricks" on skeptics

9/12/2017 1:33:17 PM

John

Rome Viharo has an account on Reddit called 23canaries, he spends his time moaning at skeptics and spamming his website "Wikipedia We Have a Problem". He complains about his Wikipedia ban 4 years after it has happened. Very sad. He will not move on with his life.

His life appears to be attacking skeptics on the internet.

11/23/2017 3:52:30 AM

Rebecca

John,

Rome Viharo on his 23canaries account has been perm banned from Reddit. I know it is quite hard to get a perm ban on Reddit, i.e. one must commit a serious offense yet Viharo has achieved this. He spent the past year harassing skeptics on there and now he got what he deserved.

I encountered Rome Viharo a few years ago, he is still promoting conspiracy theories that "skeptics" are out to harass him. Thing is the only harassment comes from Mr. Viharo himself. We are near 2018 and he still does not stop. He should be taken off the computer, he is not healthy to be online. His entire existence is just to attack "skeptics", I really don't get that. There is more to life than moaning about his Wikipedia ban.

On a side note, Rome Viharo used to work for Deepak Chopra. It says it all really, he does not have a firm grasping of reality.

12/2/2017 9:32:17 PM

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