Friday, August 7, 2020

Flim-Flam Psychics, ESP, Unicorns, and Other Dilutions By James Randi


Book Report

Flim-Flam Psychics, ESP, Unicorns, and Other Dilutions By James Randi

In the text, James has discovered and exposed what he considers to be disgraceful dishonesty that has been endorsed extensively in the media (Randi, 1982). Therefore, the author is fearless and calls researchers to analysis concerning their disappointments and impostures. On the other hand, he has explained how scientists have wrongly served their readers by failing to follow the necessary processes obligatory by their exercise and custom (Randi, 1982). At this point, James expresses what he considers to be chaotic research, which is followed by justifications of evident catastrophes, and the book reveals such errors and caricatures (Randi, 1982). Therefore, the book has provided the reader with a persuasive and substantial document that disconcerts and enlightens the readers.

In the text, James expresses his paramount investigations regarding the mystical, occult, and uncanny entitlements that have impressed the intelligence of the modern public and generation (Randi, 1982). The author has concentrated on mental investigators, hovering, dowsing fortunetelling, and psychokinesis, among other areas (Randi, 1982). Therefore, he has solved issues regarding individuals who are always unable to distinguish between sincere scientific research and the pseudoscientific nonsense that results in unconventional theories.

One of the most attractive sections to me in the text is where he has discussed how researchers have been misleading their readers in their researches. According to the book, most researchers have not been following the correct procedures and skills acquired in their training when doing their researchers (Randi, 1982). They have been recording anything for their benefit and apply skills that make it difficult for many readers to distinguish. Hence, it becomes difficult to evaluate legit researchers and vague ones, and many of them are left confused. We have discussed researchers who would do their study and encounter situations based on their field of interest rather than what is found in the research.

In our course lectures, we have identified biased research that may seem real, but in reality, they are not. On this note, the text has discussed researchers who conduct such studies in detail. Some are so skillful in a manner that it is not easy for a reader to distinguish where biasness is applied. On the other hand, some researchers have been concentrating on issues that attract them and leave other content uncovered (Randi, 1982). Therefore, a field that was supposed to be two way argued is left with some issues not discussed or wrongly discussed.

When researchers do this, they outwardly mislead readers. A reader can be interested in investigating a particular issue and decide to use secondary data for references. Therefore, if such a person consumes a wrongly done study, the wrong information is established and recorded, which may mislead so many people if the later research is to be used by various people. On this note, the entire line to use studies did wrongly first, or the study did refereeing to this researches will have the wrong information.

In conclusion, the text is a perfect demonstration of all wrong styles applied by biased researchers in their study. Hence, it can be used as a reference to todays world and the events of the pandemic. The current issues regarding the pandemic and the skewed numbers and data relayed to individuals is purely biased. Thus the public needs to open their own personal investigation concerning said data and should apply knowledge entailed in the book to respond and create their own conclusions. I myself have been in several situations where I am investigating some issues and find contradicting solutions; hence, it is necessary for me to examine more to get the correct information concerning the matter, because it is difficult evaluating the wrongly done researches.

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