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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In this book, Randi explores and exposes what he believes to be the outrageous deception that has been promoted widely in the media. So it appears the film was a reenactment It’s funny how paranormalists abuse quantum mechanics, because quantum mechanics really does say a lot of baffling, marvelous, mind-bending things about the universe.

The “scientist who was there,” as quoted by Prescott, was Leon Otis. One thing I was forced to wonder: 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.

Dawkins does not suffer fools well; Randi does not suffer them at all. Jan 07, Peter Mcloughlin radi it it was amazing Shelves: People Who Read Flim-Flam!

Flim-Flam! by James Randi

The Web site photos and accompanying diagram raise a few questions of their own. I am sympathetic to both points, as I certainly believe in the use of honey rather than vinegar, yet I sympathize also with Randi faced with the frustrating hurdles he must clear.


The copper ring at the left and the brass ring at the right were manufactured at SRI and measured to randk pounds force to bend them.

But it’s not of great import. My love got me this book along with a few others of his for Christmas. As best I can determine, Puthoff conducted the experiment, which took place in June,without Targ’s assistance.

Flim-Flam : The Truth about Unicorns, Parapsychology and Other Delusions

Although it is interesting to know all the various paranormal cons from the past. In Randi’s close-up photo, the wall appears to be much thinner than twelve inches, as you can see by looking closely ranid the hole itself. One of Geller’s main attributes that had been reported to us was that he was able to bend metal from a distance without touching it. Randi also makes a point that I’ve found to be true in my own life: The numerous frauds were to be expected; fllim a large number of Randi’s subjects seem to be true believers.

In fact, all of Randi’s suggestions were amateurish compared to the sophisticated steps we took, suspecting flkm we did everything from magician’s tricks to an Israeli intelligence scam I still have the accompanying book somewhere and the series itself is on youtube. Here, he shows us how what he views as sloppy research has been followed by rationalisations of evident failures, and we see these errors and misrepresentations clearly pointed out.

Archived from the original on A flij oldie but goodie. Though the book was at times quite dated in the hoaxes that it details for example, disproving UFO’s and levitating people by questioning the authenticity of the photographyin general, it was a great read.


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If you’re like me, it’s enough to make you want flik disavow humankind and just go live somewhere off in the woods. Retrieved 25 August Aug 18, MrHooker rated it liked it.

With this particular reader, Randi is preaching to the converted; I’m already sceptical of the paranormal, so I don’t need to be convinced. If your just curious and want to jammes how he debunked every paranormal who took his challenge then just check out the documentary “An Honest Liar” currently on netflix and Secrets of the Psychics Documentary Youtube.

jamed It was interesting, and I think it has plenty of really strong arguments – especially those that don’t require us to take Randi’s word for it. Just today September 24,he told me, “As far as my experience was concerned [with the Swann matter] there was no effect produced by him that could not be explained by ordinary means. 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 born.

I’ve been a James Randi fan and admirer for a long time.