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James Randi tells a short story

James Randi tells a short story

Canadian-American magician and sceptic, best known as a debunker of pseudo-science and paranormal claims, James Randi tells of some simple things he learnt from his grandfather. An attitude that we could probably all benefit from.

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BastardInBlack BastardInBlack (2529 days ago)
Karma report...! 12 weeks ago found a ladies purse. Scoured internet, Facebook, Yellow pages, eventually handed into Police Station.....7 weeks ago - found ANOTHER ladies purse ( Yeh, fluke I know !! )..again Internet, Yellow pages, Facebook, Twitter, ..found owner - purse returned. .....3 weeks ago - lost MY wallet. Within 4 hours some Guy calls me to tell me his wife found it and its ready to collect whenever I'm passing...refuses any reward !....THERE ARE GOOD PEOPLE !!.....thankyou
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Karma report...! 12 weeks ago found a ladies purse. Scoured internet, Facebook, Yellow pages, eventually handed into Police Station.....7 weeks ago - found ANOTHER ladies purse ( Yeh, fluke I know !! )..again Internet, Yellow pages, Facebook, Twitter, ..found owner - purse returned. .....3 weeks ago - lost MY wallet. Within 4 hours some Guy calls me to tell me his wife found it and its ready to collect whenever I'm passing...refuses any reward !....THERE ARE GOOD PEOPLE !!.....thankyou
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Guest: (2529 days ago)
Never contradict Santa Claus
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Never contradict Santa Claus
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Filmaddict Filmaddict (2529 days ago)
I'd be glad to help Mr Foster, and do so whenever I can. It takes so little time to grease the cogs of this world, so why wouldn't we?
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I'd be glad to help Mr Foster, and do so whenever I can. It takes so little time to grease the cogs of this world, so why wouldn't we?
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Guest: Tadd Francis (2529 days ago)
We can all learn from our elders,if we would only slow down long enough to sit down and listen.
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We can all learn from our elders,if we would only slow down long enough to sit down and listen.
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MissAlanius MissAlanius (2529 days ago)
At first I thought your comment was just a semi-funny one-liner, but (and you probably intended it so) I think it's actually quite deep. My granddad used to play the stock market, and in his day to buy or sell shares took days. He had to send a telegram to his stockbroker who then had to do whatever stockbrokers did, and that took an age. Today technology allows the whole process to be virtually instant, which on the face of it sounds great - but it means that decision making is also instant. More decisions, more actions, more efficiency but no time to reflect on the quality of the decision. We now live in an age of knee-jerk reactions which can't be good in an increasingly complicated world. Slowing down is the way to go.
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At first I thought your comment was just a semi-funny one-liner, but (and you probably intended it so) I think it's actually quite deep. My granddad used to play the stock market, and in his day to buy or sell shares took days. He had to send a telegram to his stockbroker who then had to do whatever stockbrokers did, and that took an age. Today technology allows the whole process to be virtually instant, which on the face of it sounds great - but it means that decision making is also instant. More decisions, more actions, more efficiency but no time to reflect on the quality of the decision. We now live in an age of knee-jerk reactions which can't be good in an increasingly complicated world. Slowing down is the way to go.
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Guest: (2528 days ago)
Agreed. Too many folk are in a panic to let 'friends' know their latest status, as if it mattered. Sit, listen, and converse with real people over a meal or a coffee and, preferably, choose to talk to older people - they have more of interest to say.
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Agreed. Too many folk are in a panic to let 'friends' know their latest status, as if it mattered. Sit, listen, and converse with real people over a meal or a coffee and, preferably, choose to talk to older people - they have more of interest to say.
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Peanut Peanut (2527 days ago)
Older people often have more to say simply because they've been around for longer. But they are prone to repeating themselves - and that can be really boring. I'm vigilant about never being like my dad.
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Older people often have more to say simply because they've been around for longer. But they are prone to repeating themselves - and that can be really boring. I'm vigilant about never being like my dad.
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Guest: (2527 days ago)
I can understand that. My father is the last person I want to be like. He has never been a good example to me, so I've used him a a warning of what not to become - I just hope it has worked.
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I can understand that. My father is the last person I want to be like. He has never been a good example to me, so I've used him a a warning of what not to become - I just hope it has worked.
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Guest: greenman (2526 days ago)
Latest comment: obviously ye had bad fathers but that doesnt mean all elderly people are like that. if i can be half the man my father is i would be very happy. dont paint all people with the same brush as i'm sure when ye are old ye would like to be treated with respect
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Latest comment: obviously ye had bad fathers but that doesnt mean all elderly people are like that. if i can be half the man my father is i would be very happy. dont paint all people with the same brush as i'm sure when ye are old ye would like to be treated with respect
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slicksps slicksps (2528 days ago)
Beautiful and today so relevant. I was at a client's, my wife walked the dogs, suddenly they were attacked by a stray, aggressive dog. While passerby's shielded their own dogs, and family to watch her struggle to kick this giant creature off our slow, elderly Cavalier, drivers stopped, some even got out of their cars for a better view. One man stepped in, a landscape gardener who wrestled this dog allowing my wife and our dogs to get to safety. The dog attacked another couple and eventually was taken away by police. That man, Merwyn, the landscape gardener may have saved my wife's life. Unfortunately my dog is at the vets at the moment with a possible collapsed lung... the following day will tell what her fate is. We're not religious but sometimes praying is all you have. Thank you Merwyn, a case of beer is heading your way and that's only because we can afford little else after the vet's fees
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Beautiful and today so relevant. I was at a client's, my wife walked the dogs, suddenly they were attacked by a stray, aggressive dog. While passerby's shielded their own dogs, and family to watch her struggle to kick this giant creature off our slow, elderly Cavalier, drivers stopped, some even got out of their cars for a better view. One man stepped in, a landscape gardener who wrestled this dog allowing my wife and our dogs to get to safety. The dog attacked another couple and eventually was taken away by police. That man, Merwyn, the landscape gardener may have saved my wife's life. Unfortunately my dog is at the vets at the moment with a possible collapsed lung... the following day will tell what her fate is. We're not religious but sometimes praying is all you have. Thank you Merwyn, a case of beer is heading your way and that's only because we can afford little else after the vet's fees
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