From: firstname.lastname@example.org (lopresti robert)
About ten years ago I attenede a BOuchercon (mystery writers/readers
convention) in NY. THe Saturday night entertainment and as a last
minute substitute they were able to get the Amazing Randi - far
better than the original performer was likely to be.
Randi gave a lecture on psychic fraud, Project Alpha, and other
things, all the time demonstrating unbelievable tricks. During
question time a member of the audience asked: "How do we know
that you aren't using psychic powers to do all these things?"
"Well," said Randi. "You basically have two choices. You can
believe I have the ability to violate all known laws of science, or
that I have the ability to fool you. Which is easier to believe?"
It's amazing how many people find it easier to believe the former.