Years ago, when I was a full-fledged skeptic, atheist, and rationalist, I read James Randi’s book Flim-Flam! Psychics, ESP, Unicorns and other Delusions. Flim-Flam by James Randi, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. Copyright© by James Randi Kindle Edition Published in by the James Randi Educational Foundation All rights reserved No Part of this bo.

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Randi evidently pictures himself as the executioner who lowers the blade. The Ganzfeld tests proved that volunteers off the street can demonstrate ESP, so why wouldn’t we assume that Geller also exhibits this ability, at least sporadically? It is crucial to note that the mission of CSICOP is not to “demonstrate” that paranormal claims are false, as this would require an a priori assumption of falsehood. Yet I think he would be happy to be able to give it away one day. An intriguing read, but ultimately I’m disappointed.

The site claims that the film can be viewed in either RealPlayer. The first is that the sort of people who believe in the paranormal are unlikely to read it at all. After all, if a parapsychologist said similar about their experimental conditions, he’d be immensely critical. I saw him as closed-minded and supercilious, but I also assumed he was sincere and, by his own lights, honest.

De Paul, Tony Nov 02, Mark Plaid rated it really liked it.

People who manufacture fake artifacts to support their belief in ancient alien astronauts. Its delightful and charming, especially so because the man is right. Google Scholar lists 82 citations. He says that “Broomhilda verified for me much of the information that I had been holding on to for years,” but where did he get this earlier information in the first place? Though the test produced positive results, the researchers later decided that their controls had been inadequate, so it wasn’t counted.

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If you come up to him and say, “Randi, I jamex see auras which tell me who the all gay people are,” he won’t just laugh in your face and say that you’re crazy. He has listened to them carefully and asked a very simple question that seems to elude so many others: Pressman, for even in his mid eighties and frail, he still insisted when I visited him at his home at Palo Alto, a few miles from SRI, that it was his film and his alone, and has a clear recall of several other of Geller’s feats.

That’s a shame; I think that tone will probably have prevented it from reaching a number of people who Randi expressly wanted to convince. Paperbackpages.

jamds Maybe we have Mr. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Randi is a magician by trade, so he doesn’t have any erudite academic qualifications. Now hold still while I read your aura. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide.

Targ and Puthoff, he writes, “appended to [the film] — without his knowledge or permission — the name of Zev Pressman, the SRI photographer who had shot the film We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. This is for fans of Randi only.

Feb 17, Yosep rated it it was amazing. I was particularly interested in his account of Arthur Conan Doyle’s fairies, as well as a few of the stories of people This was probably a more exciting read thirty years ago, when it was written, because so many of the parapsychological organizations or ideas Randi writes about debunking ja,es exist anymore. The only doubt remains as to the manner of their bending.

He found that Randi had misrepresented the hole in the wall of the janes room through which Geller was supposedly able to spy on the researchers. The clip continues with two PK tests – one in which an electrical scale is made to register significant weight gain and loss, and another in which the needle of a magnetometer is deflected.


The records supported Dr Puthoff’s contention more than they did Dr Hebard’s.

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This group, which worked in secret and even adopted a code name Broomhildapassed the information to Randi. Some idea of the counter-arguments to Randi’s claims can be obtained by taking another look at D. The film has been broken up into four parts to make smaller files.

Most people, however, are exactly the opposite. The quote is on p. Although Randi doesn’t comment on the part of my essay dealing with cameraman Zev Pressman, a reader alerted me to another source of information on this controversy.

That scientist’s biggest fear, it seems, is that he won’t be thought of as the authority when it comes time to debate such problems. I could tell you that I got the recipe from visiting aliens, but you would never believe me. It apparently hasn’t occurred to Randi that some people choose to read horoscopes for fun and not base their lives around them. Taking apart psychometry and graphology, new age claptrap, dowsing, psychic surgery, astrology and mediums, Randi was, for a few weeks, the absolute best thing on British television.

Aug 18, MrHooker rated it liked it. Jun 01, Samuel rated it it was ok.

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We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. Yesterday’s magic is tomorrow’s technology. In doing so, Randi establishes a code of skepticism not unlike Carl Sagan’s flimm “Baloney Skeptic and professional magician James Randi has made a second career of investigation claims of paranormal phenomena and psychic abilities, as a representative of the Committee for Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal CSICOP.

There are other examples earlier on, but I hadn’t started noting them down at that point.