Special interestThe Darren Brown interview with Richard Dawkins (see first comment for links).
      – Lee J Haywood, 2009-04-05 at 19:32:32   (13 comments)

On 2009-04-05 at 19:32:39, Lee J Haywood wrote...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xswt8B8-UTM (9 min 53 sec) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQyfsCNFyRY (9 min 42 sec) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3QYNjCmQeI (9 min 47 sec) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbKOoyK7FCc (9 min 50 sec) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Q9BN4WUULI (9 min 52 sec) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EslEBK1ZTBU (4 min 10 sec)
On 2009-04-08 at 03:04:17, BorgClown wrote...
One hour interview... Do not want. Boredom...
On 2009-04-08 at 03:05:05, BorgClown wrote...
I can read for hours, but audio or video, ugh...
On 2009-04-08 at 10:35:57, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I just watched the first part and it was compelling enough to watch the rest. If you watch the beginning and get bored, then by all means give up. It is time that Google/YouTube used their voice recognition to provide us with automatic transcripts though. (-:
On 2009-04-13 at 21:12:11, Thelevellers wrote...
I saw that a lil' while ago, pretty interesting... I love how happy Richard looks when Derren says that psycics using cold reading must be charlatans! Heh... It depends on mood for me, with audio I play solitaire, or spider solitaire to keep my hands busy, and with video I tend to curl up in bed! Reading long articles only happens when I'm in the right frame of mind...
On 2009-04-13 at 21:19:56, Lee J Haywood wrote...
A friend of mine got me to watch a programme about a 'spiritual healer' called Gary Mannion who claims to do 'operations' by channelling Abraham from the spirit world. called Abraham. It was particularly amusing that he said he'd be interested to see a proper scan a woman had done given that he claims to be able to scan people without any equipment. He'd told her that her gallstones had been resolved by his work, but the actual scan revealed that they were still as you'd expect - amazingly she still believed in the guy, even faced with evidence. He repeatedly said that he was 'happy' with the outcome, but wouldn't commit to calling it a success. That's why I was looking for Darren Brown videos - there was one I remember but couldn't find, where he used cold reading on an audience and then admitted to them that he didn't actually have the powers he'd claimed and had been lying all along.
On 2009-04-14 at 12:31:55, Thelevellers wrote...
That's why I love Derren Drown, he tells people he was faking after the fact... I saw him do a great trick where he talked strangers in the street into giving him their keys and wallet! Obviously he returned them and told them what he'd done, but what a great skill! :P A recent House episode had this kinda thing in, how even when faced with the facts people still believe what they want, irrespective of the evidence...
On 2009-04-14 at 12:47:41, Thelevellers wrote...
Here's a link: http://www.metacafe.com/watch/575769/derren_brown_mental_mugging_russian_gypsy_scam/ Youtube failed me! Everything seems to be only viewable in other countries :(
On 2009-04-14 at 18:08:42, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I didn't really think much about that trick the first time I saw it, as I'd assumed that the other guy was a stooge/plant. On reflection, I think he was just a bit dim (possibly a common trait in the general population), as he actually took his house keys out of his pocket even though no reason had been given. This suggests that he doesn't associate his keys with security, which would make me ask why I needed to remove them from my pocket. If I'd been asked for something already in my hand, it would indeed feel natural to temporarily hand it over - and I guess the constant speaking is designed to prevent the victim from keeping track of who has what. I'd expect it to work better if the bottle hand been handed over (and perhaps taken back?)
On 2009-04-15 at 15:00:56, Thelevellers wrote...
It's hard to say how you'd act with things like that, cause once in a situation it's often somewhat different. Like I was in town a while a go and someone had a paintball stall setup and were selling books of cheap entry to the site, and I was well up for it as I love a good game of paintball. However I was feeling poor so I didn't sound too convinced and the sales person went for an uber sell, making an awesome offer that was so good I started to assume it was a con! I said no in the end because I wasnt too sure, had never heard of the company etc. Annoyingly I have since seen them in town again and I think I checked the website and they seem genuine, and if the sales woman had not tried so hard I probably would have bought stuff! I think you're right about the constant chatter, it stops your brain from cathcing up with what's going on... And giving him the bottle I suspect is crucial too, as then you know at least something in your hand is rightfully theirs and you need to give them that...
On 2009-04-15 at 18:26:25, Lee J Haywood wrote...
As far as the sales pitch goes, I fully agree that it's easy to be taken in. I've spent money on things I neither wanted nor needed because I was being nice to the chatty salesgirl. It takes time to reflect on what your correct responses should be, to keep your money in your wallet, and by then it's too late.
On 2009-04-17 at 02:15:46, BorgClown wrote...
I know the feeling. While I was in college a door-to-door saleswoman sold me an admission for a technical school. FFS, I was studying a higher degree! Fortunately I've learned to not care about other people's feelings when they try to get advantage, since that means they don't care about mine.
On 2009-04-18 at 19:46:24, George wrote...
Interesting interview