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M Flam eBook #244 discriminate between geniune scientific research and the pseudoscientific nonsense that has resulted in fantastic theories and fancies have long needed James Randi and Flim FlamIn this book Randi explores and exposes what he believes to be the outrageous deception that has been promoted widely in the media Unafraid to call researchers to account for their failures and impostures Randi tells us that we have been. This was probably a exciting read thirty years ago when it was written because so many of the parapsychological organizations or ideas Randi writes about debunking don t exist any Randi s frustration at the continuing gullibility of people who fall for psychic cons comes through a little too loudly at times making some sections seem strident than necessary I was particularly interested in his account of Arthur Conan Doyle s fairies as well as a few of the stories of people who knowingly conned others into believing they had psychic powers but there were a couple of chapters I skimmed But probably the most moving chapter was his discussion of religious cons particularly the Jonestown massacre that ends with Randi being furious at the misuse of religion to get gain or manipulate others Randi continues to investigate parapsychological phenomena to this day and I would love to see an updated version of this book

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Flim Flam The Truth About Psychics ESP Unicorns and Other Delusions

James Randi is internationally known as The Truth Epub #226 a magician and escape artist But for the past thirty five years of his professional life he has also been active as an investigator of the paranormal occult and supernatural claims that have impressed the thinking of the public for a generation ESP psychokinesis psychic detectives levitation psychic surgery UFOs dowsing astrology and many others Those of us unable to Fli. Now hold still while I read your aura Yes my spirit guide is telling me something that you are experiencing some kind of pain or discomfort in your back or perhaps your shoulders And this is typical of someone born under your star sign you know Of course you do your type is very insightful even if you do sometimes let little things escape your notice from time to time Here I have a medicine that will help you a special homeopathic formula that I mixed myself It s proof against all aches and pains Yes I have a spoon somewhere around no not that one that one s bent I could tell you that I got the recipe from visiting aliens but you would never believe me Perhaps it was AtlanteansAh there is one other thing My spirit guide tells me that there is another spirit who would talk to you someone you miss very much I m getting the letter P or maybe G Does that mean something to you Ah good good My abilities have increased a hundredfold since I started transcendental meditation and I credit the Master with my improved skills Well our time is almost up I have to go charge my dowsing rod with the crystals that were given to me by my young daughters They say that the fairies gave them to them and who am I to say otherwise But I will say this before we part the numbers of your name crossed against your biorhythms tell me that you must not enter into any dealings of a financial nature this weekYou can leave your check on the table by the doorThere is one truth that I have learned in my days and that there is no idea so ridiculous so implausible so poorly defined that someone somewhere won t fall for it Whether it s psychic surgeons aura readers tellers of the future or viewers of past lives UFO hunters witch doctors table tippers spoon benders mind readers or water dowsers if you can figure out some simple slight of hand the odds are good that you can convince someone you have supernatural powers A few blurry photographs and some enthusiasm and you can have aliens on our shores Some clever guesses and a keen knowledge of human nature and you ll never have to work a day in your life If you re like me it s enough to make you want to disavow humankind and just go live somewhere off in the woods Thankfully James Randi is not like meA longtime magician and skeptic James Randi has been one of the driving forces of modern skepticism Since his 1972 debunking of spoon bender Uri Geller he has been an authority on people who claim to have supernatural abilities He has traveled the world in search of these people revealing the methods by which they knowingly or unknowingly deceive people who want so desperately to believe This book written in 1982 and well in need of an updated and revised edition documents many of Randi s investigations in painstaking and unrelenting detailHe tells us first of the hoax perpetrated by two young English girls one which was good enough to capture not just a credulous nation of newspaper readers but a man regarded as one of the greatest minds of his time Sir Arthur Conan Doyle In 1917 Elsie Wright and Frances Griffiths released several photographs which showed them surrounded by gossamer winged fairies The public went wild for their story Experts were called in to examine the photographs and they all pronounced them genuine The girls were interviewed their cameras and euipment checked out and no evidence of trickery could be found In any case believers said two young girls would have no incentive to lie to the entire nation like this would they Well they did Perhaps it wasn t their intention to deceive the world but that s how it turned out As of Randi s writing they hadn t admitted it outright but a year after publication they did What started as simple fun with a camera and some paper cut outs escalated into something uncontrollable by two young girls and a legend was bornElsie and Frances may have been innocents overtaken by events but there are far people who are fully conscious of their deceptions A Holy Man who promises everything up to and including the ability to fly if you just follow his word and his special meditation techniue Researchers so intent on discovering psychic powers that they disregard even the most basic of experimental controls People who manufacture fake artifacts to support their belief in ancient alien astronauts There are those who take money from the unwitting and those who don t some who treat the ability they believe they have with humility and those who don t The weird the arrogant and the dangerous Randi s seen em all And every time another one pops up he knows what to look forBelief is a weird thing Under careful examination every claim that Randi has seen has fallen apart He has listened to them carefully and asked a very simple uestion that seems to elude so many others How else could this effect be achieved As a lifetime magician though he prefers the term conjurer Randi is an expert at getting you to think you see something that really isn t there and he brings this expertise to bear when he investigates claims of the paranormal What s he has a very good grasp of experimental procedure and how to test for a specific effect and he is ruthless in making sure they are adhered toBut and this is important Randi is fair If you come up to him and say Randi I can 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 ll listen to your story how your power works and how you use it and then propose a simple test to see if it really exists 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 What s the psychic has to agree in advance on the conditions of the test signing a promise rarely kept to accept the results Tests are usually done multiple times just to give the subject a chance When the results come in as negative as they always have thus far Randi doesn t gloat He doesn t laugh and say I told you so In fact in one chapter he mentions that he feels bad sometimes telling people who honestly believe they have a uniue gift that in fact they don tI suspect that Randi really wants supernatural powers to exist I think he wants to meet someone who can move objects with her mind talk to the dead or find water just by concentrating hard Why else then would he have his Million Dollar Challenge What is described in Flim Flam as a 10000 reward for proof of supernatural abilities has grown significantly Not because Randi is richer but because he feels that his money is absolutely safe Yet I think he would be happy to be able to give it away one dayThis book should be reuired reading for everyone who has encountered what they believe to be the paranormal It is detailed it is harsh and it is uneuivocal in its assertion that if you see someone doing something that logic demands cannot be done chances are excellent that it s a trick rather than super powers Unfortunately the True Believers will invariably be unaffected and that is something else that Randi takes great pains to show No matter how often someone was shown to be a liar a fake or a fraud there were always supporters ready to make excuses The psychics themselves are also very good at inventing reasons why their powers cannot be tested the wrong kind of weather interference from the cameras that are recording the tests or just bad energy from the skeptics in the room All the logic and science in the world won t convince those who don t want to be convincedAs much fun as it is to read about The Amazing Randi rushing about the globe to put hoaxers in their places it s also a little depressing It was written in 1982 on the heels of Randi s book The Truth About Uri Geller which exposed the spoon bending psychic as a fraud so you would think the one two punch of these books would be enough to put paid to ridiculous beliefs in ideas that were demonstrably false Well you d be wrong Newspapers still run horoscopes every day you can get a biorhythm app for your iPhone psychics and mediums still rake in tons of cash and there still innumerable people who put their faith money and lives in the hands of psychic healers only to lose all threeBut Randi is undaunted He started the James Randi Educational Foundation to support critical thinking and skepticism he s still active in the skeptical community and he s still accepting applications from people who want his million dollars He may have hoped that this book would be a nail in the coffin of psuedoscience and woo but even though that didn t pan out he never gave up One by one case by case the Amazing Randi has stared down the wild eyed stare of unreason and he has never blinkedFor that I will always be grateful

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Badly served Flam The Truth Epub #221 by scientists who have failed to follow the procedures reuired by their training and traditions Here he shows us how what he views as sloppy research has been followed by rationalizations of evident failures and we see these errors and misrepresentations clearly pointed out Mr Randi provides us with a compelling and convincing document that will certainly startle and enlighten all who read it. I have yet to read a skeptic book that I didn t like but Randi s is particularly loveable He s seen the same garbage a million times over and doesn t give a shit Yet he curses like a country vicar and I love it Flim flam Codswallop Poppycock Its delightful and charming especially so because the man is right A skeptic oldie but goodie


10 thoughts on “Flim Flam The Truth About Psychics ESP Unicorns and Other Delusions

  1. says:

    Now hold still while I read your aura Yes my spirit guide is telling me something that you are experiencing some kind of pain or discomfort in your back or perhaps your shoulders And this is typical of someone born under your star sign you know

  2. says:

    Another reason to think humanity is doomedAlso nothing changesAlso I needed to read the debunking of TM just to remind me that as mu

  3. says:

    Although writing style is uite dry occasionally the book does a great job in discrediting various fradulent and simply nonsensical an mystical

  4. says:

    This was probably a exciting read thirty years ago when it was written because so many of the parapsychological organizations or ideas Randi writes about debunking don't exist any Randi's frustration at the continuing gullibility of people who fall for psychic cons comes through a little too loudly at times making some sections seem strident than necessary I was particularly interested in his account of Arthur Conan Doyle's fairies as wel

  5. says:

    This is a book written by James Randi a famous magician and also a famous pre MythBusters exposer of ESPmagicUFOetc frauds I really love James Randi and I'm glad he's still around and at 90 years old still seems as sharp and with it as ever But this book well mainly it's a little too dated The edition I have has a foreward from 2010 I think

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    If we found something paranormal we wouldn't call it paranormalJDN 2456387 EDT 1650Since I won 2500 of his money The James Randi Educational Fou

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    James Randi's first major study of pseudoscience and the paranormal is lively passionate and incredible well reasoned It made a huge impression on me when I first read it as a teenager and it's held up surprisingly well o

  8. says:

    I have yet to read a skeptic book that I didn't like but Randi's is particularly loveable He's seen the same garbage a million times over and doesn't give a shit Yet he curses like a country vicar and I love it Flim flam Co

  9. says:

    In order to fully appreciate Flim Flam you have to go back to 1982 when the book was first published Uri Geller was bending spoons on national television talk shows In Search Of was on 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 The time was right for a healthy dose of skepticism a

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    Flim Flam 0 87975 198 3Having been born in the 80's and relatively insulated from the majority of the claims prese

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