Upcoming test

James Randi --- Wizard (JREFInfo@ssr.com)
Mon, 9 Nov 1998 13:28:51 -0500 (EST)

Signed, James Randi.


I will report here later today, or tomorrow, the results of this test.
As with all these tests, I go into this one with the same
uncomfortable feeling: I don't want to make any sincere person look
ridiculous. I have no reason to believe that Kam Yuen does not
believe he has this power. His method of "healing" is to apply very
old notions of Asiatic mysticism to the patient, and to encourage the
patient to agree that he/she feels better as a result of Yuen's
efforts. What we are doing today is a double-blind test which should
provide evidence -- to Yuen as well as others -- that his power is
imaginary. But it will not. The belief will persist, particularly on
the part of Yuen himself. Self-delusion is a very strong element in
human nature.

Of course, it may be that Kam Yuen will go through a series of tests
today and be successful in every one of them. In that case, we might
very well have discovered a new modus of healing that we cannot ignore
-- and the Pigasus Prize may be on its way to being paid out. I'm
willing to be shown.

(There is an obvious hole in the protocol, of the sort that I would
not allow in a strict test of these powers. But for a prelimary test
such as this one, controls are tight enough because I believe the
persons involved are honest and forthright.)

We'll see what we will see....

James Randi

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