This talk was a crowd favorite, and certainly my favorite of all the speakers. Unfortunately, some of the things he did involve visual things, particularly his experiments in backwards masking. I really wish I had some way of capturing these elements as well, because they were really great. There's one point where Richard is talking about an experiment done where they switched interviewers and the majority of participants didn't notice the swtich. He plays a video clip of the experiment and walks off the stage, only to walk back on after the clip -- only it isn't him, it's Phil Plait (whose talk I sadly didn't get to record) dressed just like him.
Award-winning magician, psychologist and author, the aptly name Dr. Wiseman is frequently seen on British television and has given lectures in many different countries. He pays particular attention to the psychology behind belief in psychics and most recently, alleged hauntings.
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The author lives in Vancouver, Washington, USA with his girlfriend and a menagerie of cats, rats, fish, birds, guinea pigs and robots.
Among other inanities, he strives to use investigative techniques to work young starlet breasts into every aspect of rational discourse -- focusing on the discourse, thus making it not perverted. Also, has recently begun a career as "Internet hairstylist."
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