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#1    Sakari

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 04:14 AM

Just curious how many have heard about this......?

Was a new find for me.....And I hope this is the right section for this...





Project Alpha was a hoax designed by     James Randi, Steve Shaw (a.k.a.     Banachek), and Mike EdwardsPosted Image from      1979-1983. Randi trained two young mentalists/magiciansóBanachek was 18 and      Edwards 17 when the project beganóto fake psychic powers while being      investigated in a serious scientific setting. They were able to fool the      scientists for four years through more than 160 hours of experiments on      their paranormal powers.



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Posted 29 February 2012 - 04:20 AM

That's why you got to love the internet. Tons of info at your fingertips, unlike 1979 when he started that project. No, never knew about it. Nice find though.


#3    Sir Wearer of Hats

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 07:20 AM

It jusat reinforces my belief that the Amazing Randi is the biggest pot stirrer in the world.

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 08:08 AM

View PostWearer of Hats, on 29 February 2012 - 07:20 AM, said:

It jusat reinforces my belief that the Amazing Randi is the biggest pot stirrer in the world.
Depends what you mean by "pot stirrer". As I see it, Randi set out to achieve a specific, valid purpose; and was successful in doing so: an excerpt from the OP article;

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It was a      social experiment that was necessary to demonstrate a charge that skeptics      had been making for over 150 years. Parapsychologists, no matter how      intelligent or well-trained they are in science, are susceptible to      deception and self-deception.






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