Flim-Flam! Psychics, ESP, Unicorns, and Other Delusions

Flim Flam Psychics ESP Unicorns and Other Delusions In 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 impos

  • Title: Flim-Flam! Psychics, ESP, Unicorns, and Other Delusions
  • Author: James Randi Isaac Asimov
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 253
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • In 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 been badly served by scientists who have failed to follow the procedures required by their training and traditions Here, he shows us how wIn 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 been badly served by scientists who have failed to follow the procedures required 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 The Kindle Edition features a new preface by James Randi.

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    1. 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 escape your notice from time to time. Here - I have a medicine that will help you, a special homeopathic formula that I mixed myself. It's proof against all [...]

    2. Another reason to think humanity is doomed.Also, nothing changes.Also, I needed to read the debunking of TM just to remind me that, as much as I admire David Lynch as one of the great artists of our time, his faith in this wacky cult is misplaced which is why knowing the artist is almost always a bad idea.Of course, on the other side, I did read Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity.One thing I was forced to wonder: having grown up learning about biorhythms, "mysteries [...]

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

    4. This was probably a more 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 anymore. Randi's frustration at the continuing gullibility of people who fall for "psychic" cons comes through a little too loudly at times, making some sections seem more strident than necessary. I was particularly interested in his account of Arthur Conan Doyle's fairies, as well as a few of the stories of people [...]

    5. This is a book written by James Randi, a famous magician and also a famous pre-MythBusters exposer of ESP/magic/UFO/etc 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, C [...]

    6. If we found something paranormal, we wouldn't call it paranormalJDN 2456387 EDT 16:50.Since 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 is pretty much the same stuff we're dealing with today. Why, just this last Tuesday I had someone try to convince me that quantum mechanics allows precognition, citing D [...]

    7. 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.

    8. 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.

    9. 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 the past. If those who forget history are doomed to repeat it, then similarly those who do not read Randi's book are doomed to fall prey to such schemes as fake fairies and make-believe aliens who provide blueprints on rocks of open-heart surgeryr a small fee, of course. Th [...]

    10. James Randi (also known as The Amazing Randi) very thoroughly provides evidence debunking many forms of pseudoscience including TM, parapsychology, psi effects, water dowsing, and biorhythms. However, his major problem is that he does not simply provide evidence: he rages against those who believe such things, and this arrogance is a complete turn-off.A second point: the book was initially published in 1988, but many of the items discussed (biorhythms, for example) have long since lost their pop [...]

    11. Sure, I'm interest in the paranormal but I also have an open, critical mind to it all. Both sides believes and views are fascinating. But the book was just boring. Nothing against the subject itself. Didn't catch my interest with the writing, is all.

    12. I don't consider myself to be a Skeptic. I run with a lot of people in the skeptic community, and I do think of myself and generally skeptical, but I'm not a big-S Skeptic. I knew of James Randi, of course, but I was never terribly familiar with him or his work. So when the Centre for Inquiry managed to book him for a pan-Canada tour, I figured that I ought to read up on him a little bit before he hit Ottawa.Because I was reading Flim-Flam around the same time that I saw Randi speak live, the p [...]

    13. 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 other nonsensical gobbledygook (some of which still exists today). The time was right for a healthy dose of skepticism and rationality and who better to kick off the [...]

    14. Skeptic and professional magician James Randi has made a second career of investigation claims of paranormal phenomena and psychic abilities, as a representative of the Committee for Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP). In Flim-Flam!, The Amazing Randi dissects a variety of paranormal beliefs and claims, exposing each as a case of deliberate fraud or unintentional self-delusion. In doing so, Randi establishes a code of skepticism not unlike Carl Sagan's famous "Baloney [...]

    15. James Randi is well-known as a magician and outspoken sceptic of all things paranormal. His mission to expose paranormal and pseudoscientific frauds and promote critical thinking among the public is well documented, as is his million dollar prize for anyone who can demonstrate paranormal abilities under controlled conditions.This book, published in 1982, discusses some of the main areas of the paranormal and pseudoscience, including dowsing, UFOs, fairies, psychic surgery and religious cults. In [...]

    16. Нищо особено интересно в тази книга. Джеймс Ранди е един от най-известните и активни скептици - посветил се е на изучаване и разобличаване на астролози, фън-шуи, екстрасенси, хомеопати, лечители, гадатели в всякаква друга "окултна" паплач. Той дава и наградата от 1 млн. долара [...]

    17. I first heard Teller (from Penn and Teller) speak of James Randi and Flim-Flam in an interview concerning magic and scepticism. Though the book was at times quite dated in the hoaxes that it details (for example, disproving UFO's and levitating people by questioning the authenticity of the photography), in general, it was a great read. Randi's voice is thorough and sometimes borders on obnoxious in it's obviousness — but given the job of debunking, it's hard to imagine anything else. Randi is [...]

    18. Isn't it odd that a book this old is still accurately portraying the tricks that these charlatans use to fool the credulous? How have we as a society become so blind to reality that we allow these charlatans to take advantage of us at our most vulnerable? Why are lies so much more comforting to the masses than the truth? In this book Randi embarks on a mission to mercilessly expose these people for what they are. He gives each person an adequate test that they agree to to confirm or deny the exi [...]

    19. James Randi is known to many as a stage magician but because of his work with CSICOP, his million dollar challenge and his book Flim Flam! he is a veritable guru to the sceptical movement. Flim Flam is a riveting account of Randi’s efforts to shed light and bring a bit of reality to the world of the paranormal. The book focuses on many of Randi’s specific experiments and analysis of various charlatans but can be used as a great tool to learn and/or improve one’s grasp of critical thinking. [...]

    20. I've been a James Randi fan and admirer for a long time. You might even say he's one of my heroes. My love got me this book along with a few others of his for Christmas. It is a great book! You seriously have no idea how supposed professionals get stuff wrong all the time and people's desire to believe in the paranormal results in 'Chinese-telephone' style information sharing about paranormal claims Isaac Asimov calls it, "The Deadly Misinformation."You will also learn a bit about 20th century h [...]

    21. I'm sorry to say that this one was a little bit disappointing, mainly because it's a bit outdated.Most of book is a review of the several tests that James Randi carried out in the 70's under the Paranormal challenge. Most of the stories I have read, listened or seen on different blogs and You Tube, so none of them were really new to me. A great quote at the end of the book sums it all:"Throw away the Tarot deck and ignore the astrology column. They are products offered you by charlatans who thin [...]

    22. I really wanted to like this book a lot. Parts of it were great, but it all got a little bit pedantic, and I felt like rather than showing the reader how to out-think flim-flamery it was mostly about how great the author is at it. I think Carl Sagan's A Demon Haunted World is a much better choice for that. Also there were no unicorns.

    23. Flim-flammers must hate James Randi, especially the ones that half-believe their own hype like James van Prague. I think John Edward knows he's faking, and the pet psychic is just pathetic and self-delusional.

    24. the book is a bit older the scams are the same as ones going on at present. Randi unmasks frauds and conmen who pass off pseudo science nonsense. It is a classic for a reason. Well worth the read to add to your BS detector.

    25. Muy bien detallado y documentado, a veces demasiado para un lector impaciente, una lectura un poco especializada, pero realmente muy buena en su área.

    26. As a big fan of James Randi and skepticism in general I have heard this book mentioned many times and finally had an opportunity to pick it up. Although I enjoyed the numerous accounts of Randi debunking people who claim to have some sort of paranormal or psychic abilities I was disappointed by how outdated the book was. The book came out in 1982 so it covered a lot of issues that aren't even in the mainstream today and some I've never even heard of: (Maybe we have Mr. Randi to thank for that.) [...]

    27. An intriguing read, but ultimately I'm disappointed. With this particular reader, Randi is preaching to the converted; I'm already sceptical of the paranormal, so I don't need to be convinced. By rights, I should have loved this. Instead, I found it distractingly self-congratulatory and occasionally repetitive.It also suffers from a couple of blips in logic, missing evidence and hypocrisy. For example, Chapter 7 relies heavily on he-said-she-said 'evidence', the likes of which Randi would critic [...]

    28. James Randi is the gold standard when it comes to skeptical inquiry of the so-called paranormal. He has spent the vast majority of his professional life advancing skepticism and critical thinking, and cannot be praised enough for his efforts in this area.As for "Flim-Flam" itself, I thoroughly enjoyed the book, though I must admit that several of the stories were spoiled for me as I spent hours watching and listening to Randi's public appearances before reading this book. I would have preferred [...]

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