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Illusionist Derren Brown is Debunking the Paranormal Industry

One of England’s most famous illusionists, Derren Brown, is doing his part in making it clear to people that what he and others do has nothing to do with any supernatural powers and have ordinary explainations. Before every performance he reminds us the viewers that he only uses “magic, suggestion, psychology, misdirection and showmanship.”

To me there is a big difference between people like Derren Brown who claim to provide only entertainment value and those who profess to actually talk to the dead, see your future, reveal information from your horoscope, numerology, palm reading, or other forms of charlatanry. That is where plain old fun turns into exploitation. It is a big business with many takers and as long as the money flows, just like Spam emails, they won’t stop.

This is the full uncut interview filmed in 2007 for the Channel 4 TV program “The Enemies of Reason.”

You Won’t Believe What People Buy Into Read the full story

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Debates: Religion, Theism, Atheism, Antitheism …

A collection of insightful debates and discussions between proponents of both theism and atheism. Among the theists are primarily Christians and Rabbis. Debating in opposition to religion, theism, and the supernatural are atheists, antitheists, and materialists such as Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, and Richard Dawkins.

Missing altogether from these debates are for example Imams, representatives of non-theistic religions such as Buddhism, and polytheistic religions such as Hinduism. In case you find other debates you think I should add please leave a comment with the link to the video.

(I should mention that I am a materialist and my cosmogonical position is that of an agnostic pandeist, which does not impinge on my former ontological position.)

I will keep this post updated with the latest debates marked as *new*

Some Debates to Watch First:

Theists Vs. Atheists:
Hitchens, Harris, Dennett Vs. D’Souza, Boteach, Taleb. Neutral: Wright [11.2009]

Atheists on Atheism:
The Four Horsemen [09.2007]

Christianity Vs. Atheism:
Debate: Is Christianity Good for the World? [10.2008]

Judaism Vs. Atheism:
Wolpe Vs. Hitchens: The Great God Debate [03.2010]

New Age Theists Vs. Atheists:
The Nightline Face-Off: Does God Have a Future? [03.2010]

Atheist Exploring Morality (lecture):
Sam Harris @Google [2010]

Physicist on the Nature of the Universe (lecture)
‘A Universe From Nothing’ by Lawrence Krauss [10.2009] Read the full story

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