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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 geniune scientific research and the pseudoscientific nonsense that has resulted in fantastic theories and fancies have long needed James Randi and Flim-Flam!
In 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 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.
|Introduction: The Deadly Misinformation||xiii|
|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|
Posted March 6, 2012
Posted November 1, 2009
A great educational book that brings you to reality. A great book that will help you not fall prey to pseudoscience and other bogus claims.
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Posted December 27, 2014
Randi makes a living out of debunking that which he doesn't understand. Like closed-minded baloney spouting Shermer he finds explanations for the paranormal that are more fantastic and ludicrous than the proposed theories he encounters. Randi chooses to only bring up the cases that don't have proof. There are hundreds of thousands of real paranormal occurrences every day that are proof enough to those who experience them and many thousands of scientifically conducted experiments that fully pass muster to those with open and inquiring minds. Many debunkers state that they refuse to believe those things they cannot detect with their five senses. How pathetic that they limit themselves to that small range of criteria. And how bereft to have never had the profound experiences that millions of people have,which would convince them in a moment had their hearts and minds been halfway open.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 10, 2012
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