To: broadcast-randi-hotline@ssr.com Subject: The Takahashi +quot;test+quot; Date: Tue, 5 M

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From: James Randi --- Wizard To: broadcast-randi-hotline@ssr.com Subject: The Takahashi "test" Date: Tue, 5 Mar 1996 01:34:08 -0500 Before I'm off to Japan (end of this month) I should go on record here as saying that (1) The "test" of Takahashi will not be a scientific test. (2) The audience -- about 200 persons -- will be asked to vote on whether she has passed my test. This is no science, in any way. (3) The producer has reserved the right to change, edit, omit, transform any and all data that is developed. So, we have rather a circus, and not a test at all. Rather like American TV. (4) Takahashi, according to her contract, is to be allowed to claim that ANY element interfered with her success. She can cite temperature, anxiety, humidity, noise, lack of noise, atmospheric pressure, health, allergies, political pressures, tight stockings, indigestion, my attitude, audience antagonism, in short: ANYTHING as a cause for her failure. (5) The prize money is most certainly not being offered for this "test." It is a show, nothing more. (6) Since there is no science in this "test," the MIT folks who were going to participate, will no longer be involved. Their technology would have revealed the methods used, but the producer has now insisted that he would have the right to arrange the lighting, the scientific equipment, the seating, the observers -- in fact, everything. Science cannot operate under those conditions. It would be as hectic -- and as "scientific" -- as when Uri Geller was "tested" at Stanford Research Institute back in the '70s. Just so I go on record.... James Randi ************************************************** ** PROVIDED FOR YOUR REFERENCE BY THE MODERATOR ** ************************************************** Requests to be added to or deleted from the randi-hotline mailing list, must be sent to the service address: Internet: randi-hotline-request@ssr.com PLEASE BE PATIENT. All requests are processed before each new mailing to the list and these can be widely spaced. You *will* be added if your request was sent to the correct address. Mail to James Randi can be sent to: Internet: randi-hotline@ssr.com The Amazing One reads all mail and will generally respond eventually. This can change with growing volume, of course... Thanks to Anson Kennedy, back issues of the randi-hotline are now available on the World Wide Web: http://www.mindspring.com/~anson/randi-hotline/ Back issues of the randi-hotline are also available via anonymous FTP to: USA: ftp.netcom.com directory: /pub/an/anson/Mailing_Lists/geller-hotline ftp.ssr.com: directory: /Randi Please try netcom.com first, since ftp.ssr.com is very busy. EUROPE: mercurio.iet.unipi.it directory: /pub/Randi Our gratitude goes to Anson Kennedy and Massimo Macucci for providing the ftp sites at netcom and unipi.it, respectively.

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