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Caio
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ok penn and teller is a pretty cool guy but do we need to really hype up a c-rate ironic sci-fi writer and someone who dedicates their life to debunking uri geller?

Debunking uri geller is like debunking xena warrior princes no one ever thought it was real just interesting in a weird way

letterman has pretty much floated geller’s career since i was born but it’s mostly because letterman knows it’s funny to make geller look like a crazy asshole. letterman should be writing the fucking book

tiki god
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James Randi is fucking awesome, he fights ‘woo’ and has offered up a full million dollars to anyone that can demonstrate psychic or otherwordly abilities and prove themselves: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Randi_Foundation

suicydking
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Sorry, tiki, but the million dollar challenge is bullshit. Penn & Teller could do a show on it, that’s how bullshit it is. The qualifications needed to even apply for it are bullshit, the money you need to pay out of pocket to apply is bullshit, and the restrictions and conditions he puts on it are bullshit. Aside from that, the JREF (James Randi Educational Foundation) Forums are bullshit, too. Nothing but a place for pseudo-intellectuals and wanna-be scientists to pretend they know more than anyone else. All anyone does there is wait for someone to show up with a… Read more »

TheLotusEater725
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I second this statement. James Randi is about as reliable a source on Paranormal and psychic phenomena as Kent Ham is on Evolution and Geology.

tiki god
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well, it’s easy to be an expert in something that doesn’t exist, right? kinda hard to debunk evolution and geology, and those that do just end up looking like dopes

fracked again
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Randi is an expert in stage tricks and fooling people. It makes him better at figuring out how scam artists and delusional nutters are doing their thing.

tiki god
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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Randi_Foundation#History_of_the_challenge “To claim, one must agree to a protocol for testing, must show in a preliminary test before a foundation representative that they are likely to succeed, and finally make a demonstration in a formal test in front of independent witnesses.[9] To date, over 1,000 applications have been filed but no one has passed a preliminary test, which is set up and agreed upon by both Randi and the applicant.” that kind of bullshit? or maybe you were referring to the ADE651 bomb detection unit: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ADE651 that he railed against: www.internet-d.com/?p=6624 or perhaps you’re referring to him refusing to even… Read more »

Think Tank
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Think Tank

A million bucks that could feed and provide medical care to poor children (among many, many other good causes) is rotting away in an account waiting for someone to do something nigh-impossible… We get it, there’s no such thing as real ESP, now buy a dumpster baby a sandwich or something.

fracked again
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You go buy a dumpster baby a sandwich. See how easy that was?

suicydking
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No, tiki. I wasn’t talking about any of that. The work he’s done regarding the bomb detection unit is admirable, and there are obviously some folks who he shouldn’t test due to safety issues. I’m also not discounting all the good things he’s done. What I’m talking about is this: “THIS OFFER IS NOT OPEN TO ANY AND ALL PERSONS. Before being considered as an applicant, the person applying must satisfy two conditions: First, he/she must have a “media presence,” which means having been published, written about, or known to the media in regard to his/her claimed abilities or powers.… Read more »

fracked again
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The reason for that rule is that psychologically unhinged people were trying to take the challenge and the challenge was getting bogged down with people in need of professional help. If you can get your story in a paper, and an academic vouches that you can do something that they can’t explain, you have been through a de facto screening process. As for your claim that the real magic people are being secretive is an argument from ignorance. I don’t know that everybody in the world doesn’t have special powers, so you have to be right. What I can be… Read more »

nyoki
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I’d guess that anyone who wanted the million dollar prize is not interested in secrecy. They want to be legitimated. The gypsies that claim special psychic powers and some kind of magic may be secretive in the extreme, so they’re not going to allow their powers to be tested. Belief is important.
As fracked stated, it works as a screening process.

Belbo
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I have to say right now that all the ‘parallel universe’ bullshit is just as ridiculous all the ‘there is a big man in the sky’ bullshit. Forget the fucking junk science, please.

bstaples
Member

Penn and Teller is hypocrites of the highest caliber.
The very fact that they’re celebrities is because of an illustrious career as…

wait for it…

MAGICIANS.

Without that they’d just be 2 loud, redneck assholes instead of 2 famous, loud, skeptic redneck assholes.

AKircher
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What bstaples says…(except for the “redneck” part, which I don’t understand).

Caio
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1) Rednecks?

2) two loud people?

3) Their entire schtick for ten years was that they explained their tricks in funny ways.

Think Tank
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Think Tank

I hate how Teller is all loud and shit…

fracked again
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What? They do magic tricks, key word, tricks.

Psychics and faith healers claim their stuff is real and rip people off, give them false hope against disease, etc.

P&T sell entertainment and that is all. Except for their batshit nutty libertarian beliefs.

TheLotusEater725
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“If you are only skeptical, then no new ideas make it through to you. You become a crotchety old person convinced that nonsense is ruling the world. (There is, of course, much data to support you.) But every now and then, a new idea turns out to be on the mark, valid and wonderful. If you are too much in the habit of being skeptical about everything, you are going to miss or resent it, and either way you will be standing in the way of understanding and progress. ” – Carl Sagan

The Matrix: Rebooted
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You’re taking that quote completely out of context and you should know it. Carl Sagan literally WROTE THE BOOK on modern scepticism and why it should be practised.

fracked again
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Who would fit that description, Lotus?

TheLotusEater725
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Don’t know. We all have our cognitive biases. If you can find someone who perfectly fits it let me know.

DMYTRIW WDS
Member

I think Hitchens may be the coolest person on the planet. I’d love to be a drinking buddy of his.

outlanderssc
Member

James Randi had the balls to stand up and debunk scammers and bullshit artists who pass illusion off as magic long before anyone else except Houdini.

Whatever you think of his methods, he’s one awesome guy. Anyone who stands up for truth over bullshit is awesome.

nyoki
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His youtube channel is worth checking out:
www.youtube.com/user/JamesRandiFoundation



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