The Takahashi "test"

James Randi --- Wizard (
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


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