1. Richard Wiseman at The Amaz!ng Meeting 6 in Las Vegas, Nevada, June 19 - 22, 2008. He talks about his book Quirkology: How We Discover Big Truths in Small Things, in addition to demonstrating various optical illusions, and discussing the psychology of magic, revealing some slight of hand with coins. He also conducts a mini-workshop teaching the entire audience how to "magically" bend a spoon, involving Teller, of the magician duo Penn & Teller. And then the hundreds of skeptics in the room perform "psychic" spoon-bending together, a world record bending of 816 spoons all at once.

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  2. Date: 16/3/10
    Speaker: Professor Richard Wiseman
    Title: “Heads I win, tails you lose”: How parapsychologists nullify null results

    This talks explores how parapsychologists often explain away evidence against the existence of psi, examining how null findings are ignored during exploratory research, how chance results obtained during attempted replication are attributed to non psi-conducive procedures, how post hoc data mining is used to identify pockets of significant data in meta-analyses that have yielded null results, and how the eventual decline of any alleged effects are viewed as an inherent property of psi. It is argued that understanding and preventing these problems are central to resolving debates about the existence of psychic ability.

    The article published in The Skeptic to which Wiseman refers is available from skeptic.org.uk/magonline/wisemanparapsych

    Psychologist Professor Richard Wiseman currently holds Britain’s only Professorship in the public Understanding of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire. He frequently appears on the media, and has written over 60 academic articles and several books, including The Luck Factor (2003), and Quirkology (2007). Much of his research has examined the possible existence of psychic ability.

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  3. Check out the trailer for our feature film PLANETARY: vimeo.com/60234866
    For more info about PLANETARY (formerly CONTINUUM) and how you can support & pre-order the film, check out: weareplanetary.com. Full website coming soon.

    On the 40th anniversary of the famous ‘Blue Marble’ photograph taken of Earth from space, Planetary Collective presents a short film documenting astronauts’ life-changing stories of seeing the Earth from the outside – a perspective-altering experience often described as the Overview Effect.

    The Overview Effect, first described by author Frank White in 1987, is an experience that transforms astronauts’ perspective of the planet and mankind’s place upon it. Common features of the experience are a feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment.

    ‘Overview’ is a short film that explores this phenomenon through interviews with five astronauts who have experienced the Overview Effect. The film also features insights from commentators and thinkers on the wider implications and importance of this understanding for society, and our relationship to the environment.

    CAST
    • EDGAR MITCHELL – Apollo 14 astronaut and founder of the Institute of Noetic Sciences
    • RON GARAN – ISS astronaut and founder of humanitarian organization Fragile Oasis
    • NICOLE STOTT – Shuttle and ISS astronaut and member of Fragile Oasis
    • JEFF HOFFMAN – Shuttle astronaut and senior lecturer at MIT
    • SHANE KIMBROUGH – Shuttle/ISS astronaut and Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army
    • FRANK WHITE – space theorist and author of the book ‘The Overview Effect’
    • DAVID LOY- philosopher and author
    • DAVID BEAVER – philosopher and co-founder of The Overview Institute
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    CREW
    Producer: STEVE KENNEDY
    Director: GUY REID
    Editor: STEVE KENNEDY
    Director of Photography: CHRISTOPHER FERSTAD
    Original Score: HUMAN SUITS
    Dubbing Mixer: PATCH MORRISON
    ———-
    TECHNICAL INFORMATION
    Filmed with Canon 5D Mk ii.
    Additional footage from NASA / ESA archives
    Duration: 19 minutes
    ———-

    Planetary Collective: planetarycollective.com/
    Overview Microsite: overviewthemovie.com/
    Human Suits (original score): humansuits.com/

    For more information:
    The Overview Institute: overviewinstitute.org/
    Fragile Oasis: fragileoasis.org/

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  4. From the BBC Interview for Horizon 'The Pleasure of Finding Things Out.
    (bbc.co.uk/sn/tvradio/programmes/horizon/broadband/archive/feynman/)
    Animated by Fraser Davidson (sweetcrude.tv).

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  5. Climate Reality Channel has more great videos:
    vimeo.com/climatereality

    Doubt:
    vimeo.com/29107248

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