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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Researchers so intent on discovering psychic powers that they disregard even the most basic of experimental controls. Los Angeles Daily News. The same material, augmented by a few comments rxndi Steve Knight, can be found at: Perhaps it was Atlanteans He had committed careless errors of fact, had quite possibly misrepresented and misquoted Hebard, and had made unsupported assertions based on rumors.

One anecdote in the book is Randi’s experience as a newspaper astrologer in Montreal under the name Zo-ran where he cut horoscopes from old astrology magazines and randomly assigned them to the twelve signs of the zodiacpublishing the results. Flak another additional note, December 1, He became “interested in parapsychology” as a result of the fiasco he saw presented by Targ and Puthoff.

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 article details experiments involving, among other participants, the professed psychic Uri Geller. Google Scholar lists 82 citations.

Now Available for the iPad and iPhone”. The thing is though, the things he’s exposing in this book, Bermuda Triangle, Chariot of the Gods, etc.

The truth is, Randi does not appear to have had a conversation with Jajes at all.

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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you by charlatans who thin I’m sorry to say that this one was a little bit disappointing, mainly because it’s a bit outdated.


In Chapter 13, Randi describes an experiment in which he admits flxm extremely important that a camera is running at all times, with its view uninhibited. We showed up with an affidavit by Pressman saying that indeed he did make the film. Now for the alleged tape recording made by Puthoff No matter how often someone was shown to be a fandi, a fake or a fraud, there were always supporters ready to make excuses. He’s raandi the same garbage a million times over and doesn’t give a fkam.

If it’s not cool enough that we can communicate thoughts to each other’s minds thousands of miles away–because we do it using hands and eyes and Internet connections–then how would it ever be cool enough? 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.

People Who Read Flim-Flam! Hebard originally, he was unaware of most other work that was being done in parapsychology, until I informed him. Both sides believes and views are fascinating.

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

Not so, according to Pressman He began his career as a magician, as The Amazing Randi, but after retiring at age 60, he began investigating paranormal, occult, and supernatural claims.

Targ had met Puthoff prior to this time, but their work together apparently did not begin until a few months later. How have we as a f,im become so blind to reality that we allow these charlatans to take advantage of us at our most vulnerable?

There is no way for me to verify Puthoff’s statement that he tape-recorded Randi’s concession of defeat “on all the points. Arthur Hebard, “the builder glam the device, who was present and has excellent recollections of what took place. Some clever guesses and a keen knowledge of human nature, and you’ll never have to work a day in your life. So some of these debunking’s can be a chore to get though.


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. Puthoff, also a physicist, invented the tunable infra-red laser and is widely known for his theoretical work on quantum vacuum states and the zero point field.

Far from lfam the “anything goes” that most people seem to think it is, quantum mechanics is so incredibly precise that it can tell the difference between 1. Nothing was restaged or specially created. Books by James Randi.

This is presumably a trick of the light. Does that mean something to you? Indeed, the script says exactly the opposite.


Flim-Flam is, overall, something close to a great book. So it appears the film was a reenactment This bolsters Randi’s argument that Geller could have peeked through the hole in the door.

Recommended for anyone with an interest in the paranormal, or with skepticism in general. SRI2 includes two telepathy experiments not the ones involving the isolation booth, unfortunatelya “target” experiment in which Geller identifies which metal can is holding a steel ball bearing, and another target test in which he has to identify a can filled with water. Nor do its contents come across – to me, at least – as the ravings of blundering pseudoscientists eager to convince themselves and dupe the public.

You can leave your check on the table by the door. Retrieved — via HighBeam Research. Yes, I have a spoon somewhere around – no, not that one, that one’s bent. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

It is a great book! Randi evidently pictures himself as the executioner who lowers the blade.