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Project Alpha

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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 Edwardsprojectalpha.jpg from 1979-1983. Randi trained two young mentalists/magicians—Banachek was 18 and Edwards 17 when the project began—to 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.

http://www.skepdic.com/projectalpha.html

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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.

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

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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;

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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