Taylor points out the numerous errors in uber skeptic Martin Gardner's
They can only be chalked up to either or both (a) almost complete ignorance of the primary sources, or (b) intentionally misleading readers. Note that the below list doesn't even include the numerous instances of loaded language, innuendo, and omissions of important facts (some of which you will see if you read my entire essay). These are simply the things that he got wrong.
Taylor lists many of Gardner's mistakes, a few below:
- Says that Richard Hodgson died in 1909. He passed away in 1905.
- Says writer George Pellew died in 1881. He died in 1892.
- Says Hodgson hired detectives to shadow Mrs. Piper and her husband after death of George Pellew in 1892. Hodgson hired the detectives years earlier.
- Says Piper’s trances “never occurred spontaneously”. Primary source explicitly says they did.