Victor Zammit and Chris Robinson are not the only ones to counter challenge Randi in recent weeks. The following stunning offer, including putting up a counter offer (if they “loose”) of $100,000.00 was also recently made to James Randi in the following widely circulated memoranda, a copy of which was sent to Randi (as addressed) below. The clock…Read More
Asafoetida changed his screen name to Dogwood who is an active poster on the JREF Forum and TVTALK. I do not know if he still posts here under that new name.
sgrenard replied to the topic Larry King Discusses Psychics Use in Kidnapping Cases in the forum Answering Skeptics and Debunking Cynics 18 years, 8 months ago
Originally posted by AuntJeannie
I believe JE has said this too. I read somewhere that he was asked about the Smart case and said he would only help if the family or police asked him. Other psychics were going on TV constantly giving their opinion. Just one more reason JE is high on the integrity scale.
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After having ruled out all possible means of obtaining information about my family prior to my seminar reading, ruling out hot or cold readings, microphones, etc., one closed minded skeptic (more like cynic) used the only ammunition left, and simply stated that the information I had validated was unsubstantiated.
Reply: Basically TX this person…Read More
They throw around the terms, “Cold Reading”, “Hot Reading”, talk about microphones being hidden in the audience, and claim they have seen cracks in Johns technique, where they could see how he is just a clever mentalist.
None of it is even close to conclusive, or meaningful, or in anyway casts any real doubts as to John’s abilities. However I’m…Read More
In order to more fully appreciate what I am talking about here with respect to a physical, measurable em energy thing underlying this, I am cross-posting from another list the following item which deals with measuring these energies at a distance from the body. Mainstream science may not have cut it in the past but appears to be catching…Read More
K: In regards to your first and second statement, so then would you classify yourself as a ‘materialist’, where there is nothing but the physical, nothingness after death, etc.
Reply: On the contrary. There is clear and compelling evidence that the consciousness survives death, is more than static memories and is able not only to communicae the…Read More
K: I’m reading a book which talks about ancient Tibet. They pair philosophy with science as being similar. What are your thoughts on this in relation to the modern mode in scientific psychic investigations and your own personal spiritual revelations?
Reply: I do not have spiritual revelations, Any experiences I have had IMHO have a physical…Read More
Randi, of course, looked at this child as the perpetrator of some sort of canrival trick. He may or may not have been wrong since I dont believe anyone considered mediumnship as an arbiter of this child’s claimed skill.
He produced a diagram of the means by which she peeked. I have tried it and she obviously has a very wide field of vision…Read More
I heartily agree that we have technology today which could provide the physical evidence previous researchers could not obtain.
The introduction to Winston Wu’s essay deals with the very subject of this thread and certainly the typical call for replicable experimentation to falsify or validate a claim:
Anyone with a serious interest in the tactics of cynics and some types of skeptics in dealing with such matters…Read More
Yes. Thanks Pam. The child peeking example was meant to exemplify the finest standards of legitimate debunking involving a physical, observational experiment on a single subject who was a claimant.
The details of this case can be found on Randi’s website a few weeks back, in two lengthy parts. In front of witnesses, including the child’s…Read More
This not really about dumbing down so much as it is about making science palatable for the non-scientist. This is every scientist’s ultimate goal for acceptance. As Pam indicated this board is populated mainly by non-scientists and non-academics. Many have faith in God, others in science and some in both.
As the science modretaor I try to keep a…Read More
Consider this argument if you will which is forwarded from survivalscience:
I am not a lawyer, but, as I see it, if a prosecuting attorney in a criminal
suit were held to the same burden of proof as those attempting to prove
survival through mediumship, no person accused of a crime would ever be
Consider the hypothetical case of a…Read More
There is really little to discuss that wasn’t already said in the quoted material. The remote viewing project developed at the CIA and moved to Stanford & AIR for academic review, and subsequently reviewed by Utts and Hyman, it simply stands as a monument to the difficulty skeptics such as Hyman have with data. On the one hand Hyman agrees the…Read More
Victor Zammitt responds
I was one of the advisors who advised Dr Gary Schwarz (and other legitimate
psychic researchers) to completely ignore the Randi Foundation nonsense of
the $1M offer. There is NO legitimate offer from Randi!!
Randi is trying to jump on the bandwagon to try to give himself some
importance and, as he has done for so many…Read More
The last thing I want to do is start a he said, she said, yes it is, no it isn’t type of thing here. I posted the Amazon Review, I responded to the answers based on what Randi had in his column and what Gary and I have discussed about this and I posted Randi’s response to me …..which doesn’t address the issues which pertain to him but rather…Read More
James Randi replies….
Dr. Gary Schwartz does not represent my participation truthfully. He
volunteered, sitting in the library of the James Randi Educational
Foundation, that he WOULD submit all relevant data — including
videotapes — to us for examination. That was immediately following his
“testing” of Edward and others. He also…Read More
That’s because *she* contacted *him*, and IBM hasn’t. The Russian girl was one of the claimants for his Challenge, and requested a test
Reply: Yes, the Russian child contacted him. However, this does not stop Randi from discussing claims made by people and organizations who do NOT contact him. John Edward has never contacted…Read More
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