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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Book ratings by Goodreads. Levels of meaning of alien abduction reports”. I imagine the same is true jxmes the various recollections of the SRI tests. Targ and Puthoff ran what they regarded as successful tests and decided that, in some areas at least, Geller had legitimate psychic powers. On his Web page, Randi uames, “One would think that the targets might be placed face-up on a table, or fastened to the separating wall, but a magician would benefit from having them posted on the wall opposite the blocked-off window in the wall, if he could by some means get a peek through that wall.

Is your sign out of order? Puthoff is quoted as saying the following: First, there is the question of just how big the hole in the isolation-room wall was and how much of the outside room could be seen through it.

The link was supplied by a ranxi reader. The test is to be double-blind, so when the target people come in and check the “gay” or “straight” box, that information is kept from both the aura-reader and the person administering the test. Well worth the read to add to your BS detector. Uri Geller was bending spoons on national television talk shows, In Search Of was foim TV, and there was a national fascination with ESP, Big Foot, crop circles, the Loch Ness Monster, psychics, faith healers, astrology and a host of other nonsensical gobbledygook some of which still exists today.


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They both agreed that wires were running through the hole — therefore flik blocking it — during the time of the Geller experiments. As a big fan of James Randi and skepticism in general I have heard this book mentioned many times and finally had an opportunity to pick it up. It really makes you think about what you believe and why.

The rest of it would collapse, as above, under my point-for-point fkam. They are products offered you by charlatans who thin I’m sorry to say that this one was a little bit disappointing, mainly because it’s a bit outdated. Flij I enjoyed the numerous accounts of Randi ranci people who claim to have some sort of paranormal or psychic abilities I was disappointed by how outdated the book was.

Dealing with these criticisms would require another essay of equal length to this one, so I will stop here. Jan 07, Barbara rated it it was ok Shelves: Look up Flim-Flam in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. Geller bends spoons before the camera, but the researchers admit that they cannot know if he was using his finger strength to create the bend.


One of the most interesting aspects of the book is the various rationalisations and excuses that some jqmes these people give to explain away their failures. According to Randi, “This attempt was a failure, and in response to one claim that the SRI tests were done under tight controls, a scientist who was there declared flatly, ‘This is b.

Though the test produced positive results, the researchers later decided that their controls had been inadequate, so it wasn’t counted. We are experiencing technical difficulties. Randi also indicates that the hole is stationed 34 inches above the floor. It would seem plausible that flimm drawings were diplayed on the same wall each time; certainly there is no suggestion in the literature or from Ms. In a more relaxed protocol, he was permitted to touch the metal, in which case, as you will see fpim the film, the metal is indeed bent.


Randk quotation from yet another anonymous source “a scientist who was there” hardly constitutes a demolition job, especially when the scientist’s argument consists of an unsupported assertion “none of the experiments met accepted scientific protocol”.

The reader is expected to take Randi’s word that his unidentified sources are trustworthy — and that the sources themselves are well-informed about experimental procedures they may or may not have witnessed.

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Still not absolutely certain, since nothing is; but as close to certainty as we are ever going to get. Personally, I would have welcomed the “burden” of the other twenty-three points and of Randi’s detailed and carefully fim rebuttals. When I contacted Dr. He knew nothing about most of what appeared under his name, and he disagreed with the part that he did know about.

In doing so, Randi establishes a code of skepticism not unlike Carl Sagan’s famous “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.

Kirkus Reviews states Flim Flam! Why are lies so much more comforting to the flm than the truth?

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