Psychics, ESP, Unicorns, and Other Delusions

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Random House, Inc.
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.

Baker & Taylor
A professional magician exposes mystics, mediums, psychic surgeons, and others who claim to possess supernatural or paranormal powers, demonstrating how their feats are little more than well-planned tricks that any competent magician can duplicate

Publisher: Buffalo, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 1982
ISBN: 9780879751982
Branch Call Number: 133.8 RANDI
Characteristics: xv, 342 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Notes: Includes index


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Dec 18, 2013

I liked this from an overall perspective. I was already familiar with many of the topics that Randi covered in this book so there weren't as many "gotcha" moments as I was expecting. It was still a fun exploration of the ridiculous, though, since I hadn't heard about actual testing of psychics and the like previously.

I applaud Randi's work and that of CSICOP to expose this kind of fraud to the world and hopefully introduce a little skepticism back into the world.


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