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Iscriminate between geniune scientific research and the pseudoscientific nonsense that has resulted in fantastic theories and fancies have long needed James Randi and Flim FlamIn 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 be This is a book written by James Randi a famous magician and also a famous pre MythBusters exposer of ESPmagicUFOetc frauds I really love James Randi and I m glad he s still around and at 90 years old still seems as sharp and with it as ever But this book well mainly it s a little too dated The edition I have has a foreward from 2010 I think and he himself notes that it s a little outdated but still valid The thing is though the things he s exposing in this book Bermuda Triangle Chariot of the Gods etc are things that almost no one would take seriously today unlike when I was a little kid and there was actually a copy of Chariot of the Gods in my school s library Which is nothing against Randi it s just too contemporary with the world when it was written that it got a little left behind The other complaint I have is that it is too detailed for a popular audience just a little He warns at the beginning of the book before he lays into the famous English fairies hoax that he will go overboard with the fairies to set the tone for the book but he kind of goes overboard on most of the chapters where I kept having to flip back and look at names and details he would bring up later This does show that Randi is a fucking keen observer of bullshit and he s harder to trick than a professional scientist a lot of the time but it s a little hard for a general audience to keep interested in a lot of the minutia I d still recommend this book for people who make a hobby of skepticism but I think I ll just admire Randi from afar after this Very cool and useful guy

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Flim Flam The Truth About Psychics ESP Unicorns and Other Delusions

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 d Although writing style is uite dry occasionally the book does a great job in discrediting various fradulent and simply nonsensical an mystical practices

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En badly served by scientists who have failed to follow the procedures reuired 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 I have yet to read a skeptic book that I didn t like but Randi s is particularly loveable He s seen the same garbage a million times over and doesn t give a shit Yet he curses like a country vicar and I love it Flim flam Codswallop Poppycock Its delightful and charming especially so because the man is right A skeptic oldie but goodie


10 thoughts on “Flim Flam The Truth About Psychics ESP Unicorns and Other Delusions

  1. says:

    Now hold still while I read your aura Yes my spirit guide is telling me something that you are experiencing some kind of pain or discomfort in your back or perhaps your shoulders And this is typical of someone born under your star sign you know Of course you do your type is very insightful even if you do sometimes let little things

  2. says:

    Another reason to think humanity is doomedAlso nothing changesAlso I needed to read the debunking of TM just to remind me

  3. says:

    Although writing style is uite dry occasionally the book does a great job in discrediting various fradulent and simply nonsensical an mystical practices

  4. says:

    This was probably a exciting read thirty years ago when it was written because so many of the parapsychological organizations or ideas Randi writes about debunking don't exist any Randi's frustration at the continuing gullibility of people who fall for psychic cons comes through a little too loudly at times mak

  5. says:

    This is a book written by James Randi a famous magician and also a famous pre MythBusters exposer of ESPmagicUFOetc frauds I really love James Randi and I'm glad he's still around and at 90 years old still seems as sharp and with it as ever B

  6. says:

    If we found something paranormal we wouldn't call it paranormalJDN 2456387 EDT 1650Since I won 2500 of his money The James Randi Educational Foundation scholarship I felt I should probably read some of James Randi's books I happened upon Flim Flam which is older than I am and yet the nonsense it catalogues and refutes i

  7. says:

    James Randi's first major study of pseudoscience and the paranormal is lively passionate and incredible well reasoned It made a huge impression on me when I first read it as a teenager and it's held up surprisingly well over the years largely because the methods of buncombe he condemns rarely change

  8. says:

    I have yet to read a skeptic book that I didn't like but Randi's is particularly loveable He's seen the same garbage a million times over and doesn't give a shit Yet he curses like a country vicar and I love it Flim flam Codswallop

  9. says:

    In order to fully appreciate Flim Flam you have to go back to 1982 when the book was first published Uri Geller was bending spoons on national television talk shows In Search Of was on TV and there was a national fascination with ESP Big Foot crop circles the Loch Ness Monster psychics faith healers astrology and a host of

  10. says:

    Flim Flam 0 87975 198 3Having been born in the 80's and relatively insulated from the majority of the claims presented in the book I can honestly say that James Randi's book is still useful today if only as a guidebook to th

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