To: broadcast-randi-hotline@ssr.com Subject: +lt;Comments+gt; Date: Tue, 16 Apr 1996 01:13

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From: James Randi --- Wizard To: broadcast-randi-hotline@ssr.com Subject: Date: Tue, 16 Apr 1996 01:13:13 -0400 Good morning! I just received this excellent example of what I and the James Randi Educational Foundation will be battling against.... Read it and understand why we're in business. I've not attributed it, though the writer may wish me to do so. ........................................................ God help you if you never pick up the phone and know who's at the other end of it before he or she speaks, because you will have just had a genuine psychic experience, and your anti-spiritual, anti-intuitive, mean-spirited world-view will have been turned upside down. The highest calling of science is to teach discrimination, not to denigrate the miraculous or what is beyond one's personal scope of understanding. Your criticisms about the subjects you indiscriminately ridicule are a monument only to your lack of serious research, your impatience, and your superficial explorations. Your world is completely focused on the dry external realities only and so you cannot possibly have any insight into mankind's search for health and wholeness through natural means, and consequently, have insight into yourself. When science once again learns how not to throw out the baby of intuition with the bathwater of reason, the general public will come to respect it again. In the meantime, let's everyone thank rational science for the beauties of the atom bomb and the research done on behalf of the tobacco industry. ....................................................... Uhuh. And antibiotics, organ transplants, longer lifespan, safe drinking water, eradication of small pox, richer and fuller lives, etc. If this person isn't a "ringer," and actually believes that the telephone experience quoted is a psychic event, I don't see much hope for recovery. There are so many out there who "think" this way..... Let's get up there on the battlements. They're coming this way....! James Randi.

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