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PaulJ's Avatar Jump to comment 2 by PaulJ

I remember watching this on TV - it was the Richard Dimbleby lecture.

Now I obviously have to return to the arrogance problem. How can I be so sure that this ordinary Englishman with an unlikely foreign accent was not the long dead Paul of Judea? How do I know that astrology doesn't work? How can I be so confident that the television 'supernaturalists' are ordinary conjurers, just because ordinary conjurers can replicate their tricks? (spoonbending, by the way, is so routine a trick that the American conjurers Penn and Teller have posted instructions for doing it on the Internet!
When Professor Dawkins mentioned 'spoonbending' the camera just happened to focus on another Dimbleby in the audience (David) who had given Uri Geller his break on British TV...

Wed, 08 Aug 2007 14:46:00 UTC | #58911