Terence Hines

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Terence Michael Hines
Terence Michael Hines

22 March 1951 (1951-03-22) (age 68)
Hanover, New Hampshire, United States
OccupationProfessor of Neurology

Terence Hines (born 22 March 1951) is professor of neurology at Pace University and adjunct professor at the New York Medical College[1] and a science writer. Hines has a BA from Duke University, and an MS and PhD from the University of Oregon.[2]

Hines, a fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, is the author of Pseudoscience and the Paranormal which focuses on Pseudoscience and the Paranormal within the United States. Hines also, controversially, authored papers expressing scepticism about the existence of the G-Spot.

Pseudoscience and the Paranormal[edit]

Hines is the author of the book Pseudoscience and the Paranormal, which mostly focuses on pseudoscience and the paranormal within the United States.[3] Hines distinguishes pseudoscience from science by describing it as a hypothesis inconsistent with the known laws of physics but which can not be falsified.[3] Hines argues that pseudoscience tends not to be updated in the face of newly obtained evidence, and in the book, Hines highlights the difficulty in clearly demarcating pseudoscience from the paranormal.[4]:242 Hines also writes that if paranormal abilities such as clairvoyance or precognition were possible, then surely one would expect casino and lottery incomes to be affected, although no such effect is observed.[5]:635

Hines is also a fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry.[6]


In a 2001 comprehensive review article Hines claimed that the evidence for the existence of the Gräfenberg spot (G-Spot), a spot which 84% of women believe exists,[7] was too weak, and that claims of its existence were based on small sample sizes and are not supported by biochemistry or anatomy (particularly the lack of extra nerve endings in the region[8]).[9] Most of the studies at that time had also been conducted by a single team. Hines asserted that if such a spot exists, it is not particular to the Skene's glands.[10] Hines described the G-Spot as a "sort of gynecologic UFO: much sought for, much discussed, but unverified by objective means". The initial review resulted in a large controversy with three publications quickly defending its existence.[8]


  • Hines, Terence (1988). Pseudoscience and the paranormal : a critical examination of the evidence. Buffalo, N.Y.: Prometheus Books. ISBN 0-87975-419-2.
  • Hines, Terence (2002). Pseudoscience and the paranormal (2nd ed.). Amherst, N.Y.: Prometheus Books. ISBN 1-57392-979-4.


  1. ^ Faculty of New York Medical College Archived 2013-03-07 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Dyson Faculty Profile Archived 2013-09-27 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b White, Michael (22 Sep 1988). "A Shadow of Science". New Scientist. Retrieved 30 March 2013.
  4. ^ Fowler, Jeaneane (1999). Humanism : beliefs and practices. Brighton [England]: Sussex Academic Press. ISBN 1898723702.
  5. ^ Hurley, Patrick J. Concise introduction to logic (11th ed.). Belmont: Wadsworth. ISBN 0840034172.
  6. ^ "CSI Fellows and Staff". Retrieved 2 August 2013.
  7. ^ Dwyer, Peter L. (February 2012). "Skene's gland revisited: function, dysfunction and the G spot". International Urogynecology Journal. 23 (2): 135–137. doi:10.1007/s00192-011-1558-1.
  8. ^ a b Levin, Roy J. (1 February 2003). "The G-spot—reality or illusion?". Sexual and Relationship Therapy. 18 (1): 117–119. doi:10.1080/1468199031000064487.
  9. ^ Kilchevsky, Amichai; Vardi, Yoram; Lowenstein, Lior; Gruenwald, Ilan (1 March 2012). "Is the Female G-Spot Truly a Distinct Anatomic Entity?". The Journal of Sexual Medicine. 9 (3): 719–726. doi:10.1111/j.1743-6109.2011.02623.x. PMID 22240236.
    • Shafik, A.; Shafik, A. A.; El Sibai, O.; Shafik, I. A. (1 January 2007). "Identification of a vaginal pacemaker: An immunohistochemical and morphometric study". Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology. 27 (5): 485–488. doi:10.1080/01443610701405689.
    • The original article is Hines, T (1 August 2001). "The G-spot: A modern gynecologic myth". American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 185 (2): 359–362. doi:10.1067/mob.2001.115995. PMID 11518892.
  10. ^ Colson, M.-H. (Spring 2010). "Female orgasm: Myths, facts and controversies". Sexologies. 19 (1): 8–14. doi:10.1016/j.sexol.2009.11.004.

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