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Was Randi Wrong about Uri Geller?

Discussions about the James Randi Educational Foundation and its Million Dollar Challenge.

Re: Was Randi Wrong about Uri Geller?

Postby Kevin Kane » 28 Jan 2010, 10:41

You know, whan I see a stage magician, I see an amusing con artist, a trickster, someone who likes to decieve people. But others see an expert on science. :lol:

From a behavioral psychology perspective, what is the motivation for a person such as James Randi to be honest? He is rewarded (money, acclaim) for his ability to trick people. He makes a living at it. Such a reinforcement is a powerful incentive to continue tricking people. And even when he's apparently being honest and forthright, the behavioral training is still in effect. He may even believe himself to forthright and honest, but the pattern is set. Once a con, always a con.
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Re: Was Randi Wrong about Uri Geller?

Postby highflyertoo » 28 Jan 2010, 10:48

Randi was no researcher of the paranormal even though he tried half heartedly.... Shows over.
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Re: Was Randi Wrong about Uri Geller?

Postby highflyertoo » 28 Jan 2010, 10:56

Randi was no researcher of the paranormal even though he tried half heartedly.... Shows over.
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Re: Was Randi Wrong about Uri Geller?

Postby ProfWag » 28 Jan 2010, 21:59

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Re: Was Randi Wrong about Uri Geller?

Postby Kevin Kane » 28 Jan 2010, 22:20

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Re: Was Randi Wrong about Uri Geller?

Postby Kevin Kane » 28 Jan 2010, 22:38

The question I'm interested in is what motivates skeptics to be such slimey slanderers? Is it because skeptics want to be good scientists but lack the logic skills needed to be good at it? Or are they just habitual liars and slanderers? Or are they trying to prove that their hypnotism and prestidigitation skills can fool everyone including scientists?
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Re: Was Randi Wrong about Uri Geller?

Postby ProfWag » 28 Jan 2010, 22:54

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Re: Was Randi Wrong about Uri Geller?

Postby ProfWag » 28 Jan 2010, 23:38

I would also like to include the case of James McCormick who was just indicted on fraud charges that he was sellling bomb-sniffing dowsing rods. Imagine how many people this could have killed...
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Re: Was Randi Wrong about Uri Geller?

Postby NinjaPuppy » 29 Jan 2010, 00:33

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Re: Was Randi Wrong about Uri Geller?

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Re: Was Randi Wrong about Uri Geller?

Postby NinjaPuppy » 29 Jan 2010, 00:48

Just tell him it's a great marketing concept. :lol:
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Re: Was Randi Wrong about Uri Geller?

Postby Kevin Kane » 29 Jan 2010, 00:53

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Re: Was Randi Wrong about Uri Geller?

Postby ciscop » 29 Jan 2010, 01:05

For every person who reads this valuable book there are hundreds of naïve souls who would prefer to have their spines tingled by a sensational but worthless potboiler by some hack journalist of the paranormal. You who now read these sentences join a small but wiser minority. Martin Gaardner (Psychology of the Psychic)
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Re: Was Randi Wrong about Uri Geller?

Postby ProfWag » 29 Jan 2010, 01:30

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Re: Was Randi Wrong about Uri Geller?

Postby NinjaPuppy » 29 Jan 2010, 01:33

Who me?

You know I always have a lot to say. :D
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