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Offline PPI Brian

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Here's a great video by critical thinker and skeptic James Randi:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/dxPQ1-KsBG0&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1&amp;" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/dxPQ1-KsBG0&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1&amp;</a>
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxPQ1-KsBG0&feature=PlayList&p=B9ADB5D9D9987EA4&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=13
« Last Edit: May 10, 2010, 04:15:30 PM by PPI Brian M »
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And yet another great video: James Randi speaks about Carl Sagan
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/ccReLF6M62Y&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1&amp;" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/ccReLF6M62Y&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1&amp;</a>
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccReLF6M62Y&feature=channel
« Last Edit: May 10, 2010, 04:16:35 PM by PPI Brian M »
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Offline PPI Karl

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Here's a great video by critical thinker and skeptic James Randi:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxPQ1-KsBG0&feature=PlayList&p=B9ADB5D9D9987EA4&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=13

I would have James Randi's baby . . . if asked to.  This is my first introduction to James Randi.  I saw this first run on tv, and it changed my life.  Seriously.  It was an epiphany moment for me.
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/7CASghTzNhc&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1&amp;" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/7CASghTzNhc&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1&amp;</a>
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CASghTzNhc
« Last Edit: May 10, 2010, 04:17:58 PM by PPI Brian M »
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That might win you the $1 million JREF prize. Hey, you could buy a FLIR with your winnings.  ;D
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That might win you the $1 million JREF prize. Hey, you could buy a FLIR with your winnings.  ;D

But then I'd end up having to expose thermal ghost imaging as a hoax, and the T.A.P.S. heavies would mobilize against me.   P^/  How about if I just take everyone out for drinks . . . on the Aegean coast.
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You're on, Karl.  ;D 

That was a great video. I remember seeing this clip too. Awesome.  ;D

What happened to James Hydrick after Randi nuked him on national television?

Oh wait; he confessed!
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/u7yDLRib5CQ&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1&amp;" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/u7yDLRib5CQ&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1&amp;</a>
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7yDLRib5CQ&NR=1
« Last Edit: May 10, 2010, 04:18:57 PM by PPI Brian M »
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I just got done watching those videos. He calls them like he see's them.
Nice.
You have to admire that man.
Sounds interesting...Go on.

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Aren't those videos great? I truly admire Randi for his skepticism. However, it is much easier to disprove claims of psychic ability than paranormal activity indicative of a haunting, don't you think?
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I was impressed when James Randi nuked this quack and even more impressed when I heard he dropped off the face of the earth and filed for bankruptcy:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/q7BQKu0YP8Y&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1&amp;" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/q7BQKu0YP8Y&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1&amp;</a>
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7BQKu0YP8Y

But people in our country apparently don't want to know the truth. Popoff came back in 2007:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/xPBKOqsGBfg&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1&amp;" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/xPBKOqsGBfg&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1&amp;</a>
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPBKOqsGBfg
« Last Edit: May 10, 2010, 04:22:00 PM by PPI Brian M »
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In this video, James Randi explains how to fake psychic powers:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/vJQBljC5RIo&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/vJQBljC5RIo&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1</a>
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Wow, this guy is very smart.  I'm glad you rekindled this thread!
Gary \m/
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You're welcome. I will continue to post videos as they become available.

Here's one called "Can't Fool Me":

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/SUMY7epfsHs&amp;amp;hl=en_US&amp;amp;fs=1" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/SUMY7epfsHs&amp;amp;hl=en_US&amp;amp;fs=1</a>
« Last Edit: July 08, 2010, 08:21:24 PM by PPI Brian M »
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His fearless approach to debunking is nothing short of awesome.  He's slowly becoming one of my heroes.
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Scientists Fooled by Match Box Trick:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/SbwWL5ezA4g" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/SbwWL5ezA4g</a>
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I love this guy.
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Isn't he's awesome? I admire him for many reasons, but I truly appreciate the work he's doing in the footsteps of Harry Houdini and Harry Price -- debunking psychics who parasitize people for various reasons.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/OTVWMY8EZCA" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/OTVWMY8EZCA</a>
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Love James Randi!  (poor magnet man.  he sure didn't look too happy)

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I would LOVE for us to arrange a trip to one of his conferences in future.  I've dreamt about it for years.  Once you've done the Queen Mary thing a couple of times (or some other paranormal tour with invited "guest speakers" to masquerade the event as a conference), you just start to crave something more substantive.  A conference for skeptical inquiry is just the ticket, me thinks.  Any one wanna join me?
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Yes, yes. I seriously need a road trip. Work is driving my nuts. I would live to see that lovable mix of Burl Ives/Santa Claus/Carl Sagan/Harry Houdini.

Actually I just want an excuse to go anywhere.  :)
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Road trip indeeeeed!

(now I'm singing the theme song from National Lampoon's Vacation....."Holiday Rooooaaaad.....Holiday Rooooaaad")

(i dare ya to find it and post it)

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Jason, you can add "Dumbledore" to your list--especially since, like the ol' fictional Wizard Deluxe, Randi has recently come out as a gay man.
Seriously, then, let's look into the possibility of a proper conference about skeptical inquiry. P^/

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If I am able, I wouldn't mind going!
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Wanna know a secret?   I've never been to Vegas.

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Road trip indeeeeed!

(now I'm singing the theme song from National Lampoon's Vacation....."Holiday Rooooaaaad.....Holiday Rooooaaad")

(i dare ya to find it and post it)

 ;D

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/1b2EySQjaFQ" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/1b2EySQjaFQ</a>
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Many moons ago I attended a psychic fair at Villa Montezuma and a psychic read my aura. Needless to say, I was not impressed by the reading. When I saw this video it reminded me of that psychic fair.

James Randi tests an Aura Reader.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/OZeQGld5QBU" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/OZeQGld5QBU</a>
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I have serious doubts about the whole "Aura" thing.  A lady once tried to read mine and told me all this stuff about myself....totally wrong. 

So Brian...although I cannot see your video post (the one before the last), I have a hunch that once I am able to view it, I will be singing that song FOREVER!!!!!!!!!

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Wanna know a secret?   I've never been to Vegas.

*hands over face...protects head from the flying tomatoes*

Awww, no tomatoes!
Tracy, I've been there a few times and I don't "get it".
Since we are doing confessionals today...
I lived in NY State for 19 years and have never been to NY City.
*duck*
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No tomatoes, Deb. 

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This is one of my favorite videos of James Randi discussing the topic of psychic fraud.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/c0Z7KeNCi7g" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/c0Z7KeNCi7g</a>
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