Archive for the ‘James Randi’ Category

Why is James Randi Friends with Those He Knows are Wrong?

Thursday, January 12th, 2012
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Max Maven sat down with James Randi several months ago at the Magic Castle to discuss a wide range of subjects including Randi’s beginnings in magic, his most recent work as an arch-Skeptic and everything in between.

However, one part we found particularly interesting comes at 49:40 of the nearly two hour conversation. Maven asks Randi why he is friends with those he disagrees with, as many might think that his bitter relationship with folks like Uri Geller is the rule and not the exception.

Randi’s answer: personal honesty.

If he feels that someone whom he believes is absolutely wrongheaded about something is telling the truth to him, he can accept it on face value.

The entire conversation is available on the James Randi Educational Foundation YouTube channel. It’s also embedded below.

How A Random Dude Became One Of The Most Successful Water Dowsers Of All Time

Friday, August 26th, 2011

He attended James Randi’s talk at the 2008 edition of Dragon*Con as a regular guy. Yet, he left with a reputation as Zen The Dowser, having just turned in one of the most accurate public dowsing demonstrations under test conditions ever seen.

The video above tells his story, complete with video, of that event and some good information on water dowsing in general. Excellent stuff.