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Go to: How to bend a spoon with just your mind

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Hi Roger, Read the Jonathan Margolis book 'Uri Geller Magician or Mystic' and make up your own mind its on my website to read. Much energy Uri

------Original Message------ From: Roger Belmar To: Uri Geller Subject: Who are you? Sent: Aug 12, 2012 07:50

Are you a psychic or conjuror?

Please visit my website at I wish you plenty of good health, happiness and peace of mind. Be positive, optimistic and believe in yourself. Follow me on Twitter: gelleruri and on Facebook. Much energy and love Uri

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Sun, 12 Aug 2012 07:22:22 UTC | #950709

Go to: The trouble with homeopathy

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People who are otherwise sceptical of homeopathy sometimes defend it on the grounds that, purely as a placebo, it is effective. I shall not discuss this interesting claim, but the Select Committee does, and makes the further recommendation that “placebos should not be routinely prescribed on the NHS”. Further, "The funding of homeopathic hospitals—hospitals that specialise in the administration of placebos—should not continue, and NHS doctors should not refer patients to homeopaths."

I watched with disbelief a TV documentary featuring Richard Dawkins debunking alternative medicine in which the head of a major NHS-funded hospital defended homeopathy on just such grounds as being an effective placebo despite admitting to its lack of scientific verifiability. I fail to get the point. The same placebo effect can be achieved under hypnotic suggestion. Why not recommend sick patients to a quack hypnotist or does the ipse dixit axiom "like cures like" give homeopaths more street cred?

Sat, 11 Aug 2012 18:02:01 UTC | #950686

Go to: The 14-year-old Afghan suicide bomber

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"The Oxford English Dictionary gives both spellings as alternatives, and expresses no preference."

Professor Richard Dawkins is right. Pedophile is the US spelling for paedophile and the OED expresses no preference for either. It is also important to point out that Richard is an international figure with both American and British audiences. The point which Richard is making and which I have always agreed with is that there is no such thing as a Muslim or Christian child. Indoctrination is the worst kind of child abuse.

Sat, 11 Aug 2012 10:42:09 UTC | #950664

Go to: The Magic of Reality for iPad by Richard Dawkins - trailer

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I've never come across a bad book by Richard Dawkins and an electronic e-book by Dawkins is certainly a bonus.

Tue, 07 Aug 2012 07:15:00 UTC | #950479

Go to: Randi and 800 Other Amazing Skeptics

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I once saw a magician on TV perform an amazing feat of mind-reading who I think was James Randi. Fortunately, he revealed to everyone how the trick was done which I never forgot. I was completely disgusted to see the self-proclaimed psychic Uri Geller perform exactly the same trick on live TV! 

Geller and a female celebrity were seated facing each other at a table. He asked her to draw anything she wished on a sheet of opaque paper and to tell him when she had finished her drawing. He then turned his face away.

Geller told the celebrity after she had finished her drawing to hold it face-up towards herself and send the image to him telepathically. He turned to face her or rather the back of her drawing. He took a plain sheet of white paper and drew a picture-perfect house with a door, six windows and a rooftop which had a chimney on the right side.

The celebrity placed her drawing on the table which turned out to be exactly the same picture as Geller's even down to the chimney! I'm going to be a bit of a spoilsport and keep everyone guessing how the mind-reading trick was done. Full marks for anyone who figures out how the trick was done before I tell them!

Sun, 05 Aug 2012 19:32:01 UTC | #950417

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