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The Truth About Uri Geller Paperback – September 1, 1982
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This book is not really about demonstrating that Geller is a fraud. Randi simply demonstrate that all the paranormal feats of the famous psychic can be duplicated (Randi himself has done them in TV and personal appearances). That people decide to believe the most fantastical explanation is another different issue.
Another thing worth mentioning is that this book includes excerpts from articles from magazines and newspaper, which shows that Randi was not alone in his skepticism.
A final notice is that if you enjoy this book, you will find more information on "Flim-Flam!", by the same author. There he presents new information, including his meeting with one of Geller's helpers, who confesses to having participated in the tricks, sometimes throwing things for apparent "materializations".
But, if you feel comfortable with "wishful thinking", and don't want to be confronted with facts and more credible alternate explanations, then don't try Randi.
I also find it preposterous that so many people think that Randi is jealous of Geller or anything like that. If you've read this book and have that attitude then you've missed one of the key points of the book completely. Randi doesn't object to Geller's tricks - just his attitude in doing them. Magicians do tricks - and admit that they're tricks even if they don't reveal exactly how they're done. But when a man like Geller performs tricks, claims they're genuine and in doing this, deceives right-minded and otherwise right-thinking people, then this gives cause for concern. By all means, Geller can be (and is!) a showman - but there's no need to lie to people in that manner. That helps nobody and that is all Randi really objects to.
Unfortunately, many, and it often seems, most, people are so hungry for "meaning" that they put their critical thinking processes on hold. They forget that they are taking things on faith and come to feel that they are believing in bedrock truth.
That's where science comes in. Science provides the rigor that helps prevent us from succumbing to frauds and even our own delusions. It exposes Korean doctors who have made extraordinary claims about genetic research. And it exposes frauds who claim psychic abilities but can only deliver them when they aren't under scrutiny.
I'd like to remind you of a couple scientific principles.
First: Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof. If I claim to do something psychically that thousands of magicians can do through sleight of hand, I should be expected to prove it.
Second: Occam's razor, one of the oldest principles in science, which states that in the presence of alternative explanations for a phenomenon, give preference to the simplest. It's simpler to believe that if a magician can do the trick, rather than requiring psychic powers. This isn't an infallible rule. Einstein isn't simpler than Newton. But Einstein has been subjected to rigorous testing, and Einstein explains things Newton doesn't. Uri Geller can make no such claims.
It's telling that not a single replicated scientific study has entered the literature.Read more ›
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Scientific fact can be bastardized by people that want to make a quick buck. "There's a sucker born every minute" but thank God, or whatever magic wizard in the sky you pray to,... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Warlock
This was a gift for my boyfriend, who is an aspiring magician. He saw the documentary on Netflix a while back and talked to be about bit. Read morePublished 3 months ago by slope91
I haven't read the book. My rating is based solely on the fact that James Randi is the author. Mr Randi has been debunking so called psychics and Mystics for a long time.Published 4 months ago by BIG M
Anything by James Randi is worth a read and this is no exception. I grew up seeing Uri on TV and was always curious about how he managed to do his conjuring and fool so many... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Shelley S. Clark
I enjoyed the book but I read it about 30 years too late - it would have been more interesting I think if I'd read it soon after it was published.Published 5 months ago by Andrew
It's good, but I was expecting a little more. I was hoping for more technique and less grandstanding.Published 12 months ago by Michael Oeth
I love what James Randi does. He exposes the con-artists who are tricking the gullible. James Randi used to be a magician known as the Amazing Randi. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Joel W. Schumacher