Michael Cook (and Randi "Psychic Investigator" TV show)

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Re: Michael Cook (and Randi "Psychic Investigator" TV show)

Postby Ian Pegler » Tue Jan 06, 2015 8:00 am

I found a brief article about the Psychic Investigator show in the Journal of the BSD, December 1991 (vol 34 No 234) pp.343-345
written by the editor of the day.

This confirms that the producers did not reveal the identity of the host to the BSD and that they only learned it from other sources.

The BSD had already recommended four dowsers to the programme makers and therefore felt obliged to contact them with the new information when it became available.

The article makes clear that at no point were the dowsers instructed not to take part. It concludes:

"One can only say programmes like that are a sheer waste of time. We must continue with perfecting our dowsing ability, let go of the ego and show our serious intent towards the faculty. Programmes of this calibre need dowsers, dowsing does not need such programmes."


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Re: Michael Cook (and Randi "Psychic Investigator" TV show)

Postby Grahame Gardner » Sun Sep 13, 2015 3:21 pm

The thread that just keeps giving..! :P

I just came across a sceptic's blog that has a handy listing of all the 'psychic investigator' programmes, with videos!

The 'dowsing' one is episode 4.
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Re: Michael Cook (and Randi "Psychic Investigator" TV show)

Postby Ian Pegler » Sun Sep 13, 2015 4:17 pm

This thread is now over five years old and only five people have contributed to it. Even so, in all
that time some of the questions I raised about the movements of the map/board remain unanswered.
Also I am still not sure whether the YouTube footage is exactly what was shown on British television or
whether it was cut down a bit, and if not then why I seem to have memories of stuff that isn't shown on the YouTube
footage?

Dowsers need to document their own history better, or someone else will do it for them.

Where are the dowsers who were in that audience? I know it was a long time ago, but surely...?

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Re: Michael Cook (and Randi "Psychic Investigator" TV show)

Postby Ian Pegler » Sat Aug 27, 2016 6:11 pm

I found a review of the book which accompanied the "Psychic Investigator" series in the Journal of the Society for Psychic Research (Jan. 1992, Vol 58, No. 826).

The reviewer (Tom Ruffles) says that the experiments "were not scientifically conducted". The successful map-dowsing test is dismissed with a statement that:

Journal of SPR, Jan '92 wrote:"it was possible that the person concerned had prior knowledge due to sloppy management by the production team"


The reviewer seems entirely dependent on the book he's reviewing for his information on what actually happened - which is a shame.

However, he is critical of the other tests too and on the whole it's a reasonably fair minded review of what he calls "an insubstantial pot-boiler".

So it's a bit of a disappointment to learn that the SPR have since funded dowsing tests devised by other TV skeptics. Back in 2006, Prof. Chris French of Goldsmiths Uni received a grant from them:

AN INVESTIGATION OF DOWSING
£1472 from the Society for Psychical Research. Application submitted jointly with Dr Elaine Beattie. Awarded August 2006.


A dowsing test done by French the following year was subsequently televised. Dr. Rupert Sheldrake at BSD Conference described it as "designed to fail".

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Re: Michael Cook (and Randi "Psychic Investigator" TV show)

Postby Ian Pegler » Thu Nov 23, 2017 4:04 pm

The footage of Michael Cook beating Randi on Psychic Investigator has been removed from YouTube.

Mysteriously, a clip of a dowser failing a test from the very same show has been left in place.

That tells me everything I need to know.

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Re: Michael Cook (and Randi "Psychic Investigator" TV show)

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Re: Michael Cook (and Randi "Psychic Investigator" TV show)

Postby mike » Thu Nov 30, 2017 2:56 pm

Watched that video and I got the ore sample right away after using the middle sample as a focus, but any dowser knows it works,its just the public who is not sure about it, and science who will not conduct a proper study anyway.
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Re: Michael Cook (and Randi "Psychic Investigator" TV show)

Postby mike » Thu Nov 30, 2017 6:16 pm

The question that was asked about Dunfirmline Abbey and site of ancient stones/stone circle, which the chap dowsed to be close to the top left of the map Randi had laid out.If you dowse to the right of Dunfirmline Abbey you can see where Abbey Park Pl and St Margaret St meets a little square is on the building shown which if you click it shows Citizen Advice Rights Fife.This is the exact middle of a ancient stone circle some 6000 years old here, which is 114 feet across the middle in my opinion dowsing it just now.
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