James Randi is a leader in the skeptical community who has been debunking paranormal and supernatural claims for most of his life. A magician himself James Randi is excellent at exposing the frauds that make up the paranormal and psychic communities. He offers a one million prize to anyone who can prove a paranormal claim scientifically and to this day nobody has won the money. Sylvia Browne has been ducking him for quite some time.

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12 Responses to “James Randi exposes Uri Geller and Peter Popoff”

  1. I would but my neighbors keep disrupting my dream state. Otherwise I’d be predicting the future. Of course, why go public and collect all the money and the hassles. Why not just stay private and make money trading ;)

    I’m pretty sure that is what many of them do

  2. That explains why no real telepaths go on TV !

  3. chomen says:

    I think this is shooting fish in a barrel. I can’t seem to make a comment on the Michael Steinhardt thread: it’s odd to see him offering advice. His reputation for viciously abusing his employees is his legacy…I don’t care how much money he made.

  4. mark says:

    Here’s James Randi at a TED conference:

    http://www.ted.com/talks/james_randi.html

    As a follow up here’s another article on Randi’s efforts over the years to debunk homeopathy:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/horizon/2002/homeopathy.shtml

  5. spiv says:

    The “Amazing Randi” and the skeptical community he allegedly represents are nothing more than an front group for various atheists. In order for them to further their belief that there is no God or such as thing as a soul, they continually strive to disprove anything that smacks of something etheral, eternal or spiritual.

    I came across these people over 15 years ago while researching the origins of a front page story in a major weekly news magazine on a religious group often called a cult. The skeptics liked to tout their record on disproving so-called paranormal events, but I so found out they were all atheists and their skepticism was a cover to further their beliefs.

  6. loneranger says:

    My friend Barry, for a highly intelligent guy you’re actually quite gullible. Randy only has a high school education and he basically tries to debunk (truthfully or falsely) anything that isn’t mainstream.

    He says Acupuncture is fraud. Ok, man. A 5000 year Chinese science, that is accepted in all US states as a legitimate science, is called fraud by a high school graduate. He says Homeopathy is fraud. It is an old science that predates our current medical system. Our concept of vaccines actually came from homeopathy. Telepathy and psychism have been studied and documented as real phenomena in many scientific journals around the world. Yet, someone with a high school education tries to debunk them, without so much as to at least cite the scientific literature.

    Uri Geller is definitely a fraud and anybody can tell because he is doing what is akin to magic tricks. Being a skeptic can make a lot of money. And that is Randi’s profession. I happened to have looked into his $1 million award to anybody who passes his tests. The tests themselves are pretty scammy. Here’s how it works:

    In order to win the award, you have to take 2 tests, with him as the tester (and also the grader) and an associate. Already, him being the actual guy present to do the actual tests already fails as non scientific tests. There is NO independent party to verify the results or to look if the tests are reasonably applied.

    You’re supposed to take the first test and then if you passed, you qualify to do the second test, which is even more outrageous in demands than the first test. The second test basically makes you do the impossible, even if you were the real deal, you will fail. Again, to this day nobody has even passed the first test – a preliminary test. Randi is perhaps one of the worst skeptics of skeptics. He’s just as bad as some of the real frauds that he catches. The funny thing is, because of the way the tests are designed, nobody will ever pass the first test. In fact, nobody has EVER passed the first test. Even if you were superman, I’m sure you would fail.

  7. This is about empiricism — being able to factually demonstrate phenomena versus merely blindly believing in them.

    Acupuncture runs about the same as placebos in tests. Some of Homeopathy was shown to be a fraud. But the sentence that revealed your comment as a hoax was this one:

    “Telepathy and psychism have been studied and documented as real phenomena in many scientific journals around the world.”

    Really? Documented in many scientific journals? Perhaps you might care to share with us some of those studies.

  8. “, but I so found out they were all atheists and their skepticism was a cover to further their beliefs.”

    And? I would expect an atheist to not believe in anything “magical”. You act like the fact they are athiest means that somehow what they are doing isn’t accurate.

  9. longranger1 says:

    “Acupunture runs about the same as placebos in tests” is a meaningless blanket statement. Some acupuncture tests do run as placebos, just like some medical tests run as placebos. But the fact that acunpuncture is accepted in all 50 states, and that our government gives loans to acupuncture students implies there is scientific validity to the field, and there is.

    Regarding the pyschic phenomenon and ESPs, numerous research had been done on the subject. Some links one might want to look at to begin the research:

    http://www.themystica.com/mystica/articles/e/esp_extrasensory_perception.html

    http://www.mind-energy.net/archives/232-On-the-Latest-Study-of-ESP-and-OBEs.html

    http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m2320/is_n4_v61/ai_21121219/?tag=content;col1
    (has a big bibliography for further research if you like)

    http://www.williamjames.com/Science/ESP.htm

  10. dwrthzz says:

    from my relative ‘empirical’ vantage point johnny carsen was the closest to disproving geller – randi in fact showed that one could through slight or not so slight of hand trick the viewer into believing – he really didnt prove anything about geller specifically – i have no opinions about geller – dont know enough – only know what ive seen here – randi did seem to expose popoff – a pretty obvious target from the get go – and he seemed to be able to get a recording of the scam – but he doesnt tell us how he actually got access to – intercepted – the earphones – the fact we can be tricked into believing something is wellworth investigating – but this randi guy seems so intent on proving his point – supporting his position as a skeptic and underlying that his belief in atheism that he misses the point that his view is a relative one – if he were truly an ethical researcher he would have been able to see expose and work thru his own loopholes – make really clear what his vantage point is – we can all be fooled – SKEPTIC may well be an unconscious foil randi hides behind to initially appear to be smarter than he actually is – belonging to any society – group of people supporting a common belief – with such an arrogant agenda should be a red flag – hes seems to be an illusion to himself – interesting line up of videos -

  11. Note to Barry Ritholtz:

    Perhaps we should hire Randi to expose the debt hawk myth — you know the one where debt hawks say the federal government will not be able to service its debt, and that our children and grandchildren owe the debt. Or, there is the myth that the debt is “unsustainable” (That one is as least 40 years old) or the one that says the federal debt is a “ticking time bomb) (I found a reference to that from as far back as 1940!) Must be a slow ticker.)

    Barry, since you are a well known debt hawk, and have been passing along those myths regularly, you might want to earn yourself a quick $,1000 reward . All you have to do is provide evidence.

    Actually, I don’t expect ever to hear from you. But I’ll let everyone know if you do contact me — and if you don’t.

    Rodger Malcolm Mitchell

  12. dwrthzz says:

    randi’s ‘key’ non demonstration ‘disproving geller – try doing that with a house key on your coffee break on the sly without grimmacing …as he suggests – still not supporting geller but this statement/ suggestion proves nothing but randi’s foil –

    its the human condition to believe – even atheists – to suspend belief – to be in a state of wonder – and to use that in part to pursue the truth – to want to find ‘answer’s – expose the wizard in some instances – its the continuious unrelenting whole fluid process that in the larger context of reality that sustains us – randi is stuck in the rigors of a cliffs notes version of this – exempting himself from the whole of this jumping to what he thinks is truth – his own self made conclusion – his dry cold little box -