BSAlert Show 5 - James Randi on Paranormalism and Phenomenon

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James Randi is interviewed by the BSAlert crew in this podcast, wherein we comment on everything from Georgia's "Prayer for rain" campaign, NBC's Phenomenon TV show, and Uri Geller, to the state of mysticism in American society.

We interview the great James Randi, architect of the JREF Million Dollar Challenge that for years has offered big bucks to anyone who can prove paranormal phenomenon. James Randi talks about everything from NBC's Phenomenon show to Uri Geller and whether our society is becoming more or less superstitious. Check it out!

FYI, the James Randi interview is in the second half of the show, after we go into Phenomenon as an introduction.

To discuss the topics of this podcast, leave comments here.

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Check out this poor sap who tries to take the Randi Challenge:

James Randi (born August 7, 1928), stage name The Amazing Randi, is a stage magician and scientific skeptic best known as a challenger of paranormal claims and pseudoscience. Born Randall James Hamilton Zwinge, in Toronto, Canada, Randi is the founder of the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF).

The JREF sponsors the famous million dollar challenge offering a prize of US $1,000,000 to anyone who can demonstrate evidence of any paranormal, supernatural or occult power or event, under test conditions agreed to by both parties. He was a regular guest on the The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, and is occasionally featured on the television program Penn & Teller: Bullshit!.


Posted by hmn on 2007-11-15 07:53:56
I wonder how much Apple paid him to have is iPhone go off in the middle of the interview?

Notice, he said "I have to take this call", but then he didn't take the call, he just kept talking to you guys, an slipped in a plug for the iPhone.
Posted by hmn on 2007-11-15 09:01:14
One would hope that the cynical skeptic market is a bit of a hard sell.
Posted by ueberbill on 2007-11-15 10:43:14
D'oh- meant to say isN'T slavering. Fixed.
Posted by ueberbill on 2007-11-15 10:43:29
Ah, well there we have a little bit of post-production magic. Pile thought it was funny that James Randi's ringtone was churchbells so he left that in but he cut the call out. Something tells me Apple is not slavering after the 18-80 cynical skeptic market.
iPhone plug
Posted by Pile on 2007-11-15 12:44:31
Yea, I was going to cut the whole part out, but I loved the ringtone. I cut out the part where we were laughing about it. He took the call and then came back to us. I kind of like the "real" nature of the Interview. I could have made it more slick by completely cutting that out but I thought, why not leave it in...

PS.. Apple, Where's our iPhones? ROFL


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