10 June 2014
James "The Amazing" Randi is the perfect mix of Science and Magic, a true conjurer of visual machinations that can fool our senses while, at the same time, explaining to us how our senses are fooled.
In my opinion this is the best example of a "human mind debugger", he gets right into the machinations of analog tricks and sees how our brains mistakenly manifests them as a possible reality. Randi also teaches us that illusion and trickery may be comforting to the human mind, but truth is far much more wonderful as it shows us the machinations from the chaos, the sense as well as the awe in both the tricks and the real world.
For several decades, Randi has gone on to expose hundreds of psychics and teach millions across the globe about how they could be fooled into believing in a system which could potentially make them vulnerable to trickery and perhaps psychical harm.
Randi is not afraid to go against popular opinion, as shown in his battle against so-called psychic Uri Geller in the late 1970's and early 1980's.
Randi has also gone against the bizarre practise of faith "healing" and contacting the deceased, and has exposed the cruel, callous and cynical nature of the people who claim to be performing "God's will", such as Peter Popoff.
Randi has also warned us time and time again about the fraudulent practise that is homoeopathic medicine and how it is essentially water solution, dished out as hocus-pocus medicine.
James Randi is the founder of The James Randi Educational Foundation, an organisation that attempts to bring reason to world by luring potential psychics into a trap, baited by a million dollar prize to prove their psychic "powers". "powers" here is a kind of vague term,as Randi knows, so the tests are usually on the so-called psychic's terms. No self-acclaimed psychic has ever won the prize.
Whether or not some form of psychic power exists is still an open question, however many psychics often do not properly gauge their so-called skills and instead brag about them, hence scepticism about such claims should not be so strange to their ears.
Unfortunately the vast amount of psychic powers they have seem to remove all self-esteem as many psychics are often uneasy about Randi's reasonable request and attractive million dollar reward.
Reports differ, but now I have spoken to people i know who have seen Sally, and they were not impressed, similar reports from normal people on the internet from people who have seen Long Island Medium and other probable frauds.
a persons claim that Sally was not very good, interesting reading.
the brown nosed article on Psychic Sally.
article on her not trying out to confirm she has a psychic skill.
another link you may find of interest as far as her ability on stage.
Sally Morgan claims to have worked with many famous people and even politicians, the best to come on screen are b list stars and lesser celebrates, yet at one point, years ago, she did a few readings for Princess Diana, and since Diana died Sally has been using this irrelevant fact to sell many books and get a multimillion pound television and theatre career. He predictions were never truly validated, including her 9/11 claim, most of her "predictions" are blown out of nothing After the fact, nothing more, and her claim to have predicted Diana's death is utterly unsupported and not in the least documented. Also she has been caught out for her lies in the past: http://humanistsforlabour.typepad.com...
Theresa Caputo in this video is used to show that claims of proof in cases of unimportant incident are nonsensical, even more so if you consider she rarely offers Any insight into anyone's life or even gives clear information, cold reading, whether or not she believes her bullshit is a question only she can completely answer as a multimillionaire television show star who does shows mostly in the north east united states. In the clip she has a "skeptic", guy is just unsure, curious and unsure, not a critical thinker, a truth seeker, and something happens, the tape stops recording, but then starts, must be the "spirits", or gremlins in the works.
some claim the show is scripted, and I know that other psychic do use plants in shows, clients usually, some have been known to hire actors from time to time, I say consider it as a maybe:
The clip from The Atheist Experience is in reference to some loon who called up the show saying her could see the future, they made clear general stuff is lightly to end up being true sooner or later, and that James Randi, and the educational foundation(JREF) is willing to pay a million US dollars to anyone who demonstrates the paranormal under controlled conditions, as of yet no famous psychic dares do the test. The Atheist Experience of Austin are a non-profit organisation that does a great many feature length shows on religion and relating beliefs, mostly Christianity and other major belief systems. http://atheist-experience.com/
James Randi, of the James Randi Educational Foundation, is one of a number of people who are willing to test things such as psychic paranormal claims, the key difference between the spiritualists and mystics and the JREF(and others) is that they do tests in controlled conditions, thus the odds of an error a very small and serious ability would be clear and obvious to the methods used. http://www.randi.org/site/
The clip of a discussion between Richard Dawkins, the famous biologist and outspoken Atheist, and Derren Brown, the magician and freethinker, is on how psychics seem to be so good at giving information, yet it is not the medium who really does the work, it is the believer looking for information that fits or making it fit in place. Check out the full interview if you have not already done so, it is worth considering: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X56Km...
Lastly a few word on the small clip of Christopher Hitchens, his insights into the nature of faith is often featured in my video content, in this case a small clip of the deceased author from one of his books 'god is not great'. If you want to hear more https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwGYl... the reason I used this clip was to express that although we can infer the failure of the belief by the actions of its advocates and officials who cannot be sure it is utterly false simply by the actions of those who are less than reputable characters. In Hitch's case it was about a Buddhist who takes offering left by believers and it not making Buddhism false, but the same logic may be offered to any belief system, it would on the merits of the belief system that it would be judged upon. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwGYl...