the complete debate with materialists see this
Sina's response to Randi's 3rd
and 4th letters.
Thank you Mr.
Randi for explaining your technique. Of course a mentalist is a magician
and magicians have techniques. The point (a) that I suggested is very
much the same thing. You got the information prior to the show and that
is what I tried to say in poit (a). How you got that information is your
I gave three possibilities:
a) You had prior information. (Forget about the aunt. That was just to
add a touch of humor)
b) You are making up or sexing up the story.
c) You are psychic.
Now I hope you do not want us to believe that Van Praagh has some
friends who go all around America and Canada to pry information about
the people who may call in his show.
Also your explanation that he pries the information by questioning the
callers does not match my observation of him in the only show I saw of
him while he was a guest in Larry King Live. But that is not difficult
to find out. All we have to do is to order a tape of that show and
analyze it carefully. If you are right then Van Praagh is a fraud. Even
then it is no proof that psychic power does not exist. I personally have
had premonitions and dreams that I can't dismiss as coincidence.
The point is that demonstrating through magic one can deceive others
does not prove that all the unexplainable phenomena are magic. If you
get time read the last part of my response to Aparthib where I talk
about a hypothetical crime and the police handling of it. It is number
Sorry if this discussion has kept you away from you busy schedule. I too
have been dragged into it without wanting. I was asked to write an
article for the Day of Rationalism. I knew writing that article will
open a Pandora box. It is like shouting in Mecca that Allah is not God.
However what I overestimated was my own will power to stay out of the