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

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James Randi is internationally known as 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 discriminate between genuine scientific research and the pseudoscientific nonsense that has ...
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Overview

James Randi is internationally known as 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 discriminate between genuine scientific research and the pseudoscientific nonsense that has resulted in fantastic theories and fancies have long needed James Randi and Flim-Flam!

In Flim-Flam! 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 badly served by scientists who have failed to follow the procedures required 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.

Brilliant expose of ESP, levitation, UFOlogy, dowsing, psychic detectives, psychic surgery, psychokinesis, and other so-called paranormal phenomena.

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...a healthy and often hilarious book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573920315
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 10/1/1995
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: 2 Cassettes
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 4.50 (w) x 7.08 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Acknowledgments xi
Introduction: The Deadly Misinformation xiii
1 Flim-Flam! 1
2 Fairies at the Foot of the Garden 12
3 All at Sea... 42
4 Into the Air, Junior Birdmen! 55
5 The Giggling Guru: A Matter of Levity 93
6 The Paper Chariots in Flames 109
7 The Laurel and Hardy of Psi 131
8 The Great Fliess Fleece 161
9 The Medical Humbugs 173
10 The Will to Believe 196
11 Off the Deep End 210
12 Gods with Feats of Clay 239
13 Put Up or Shut Up 252
Epilogue 326
Appendix 327
Selected Bibliography 331
Index 335
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