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Tall Tales about the Mind and BrainSeparating fact from fiction$
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Sergio Della Sala

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780198568773

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198568773.001.0001

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Talking with the dead, communicating with the future and other myths created by cold reading

Talking with the dead, communicating with the future and other myths created by cold reading

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(p.218) Chapter 15 Talking with the dead, communicating with the future and other myths created by cold reading
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Tall Tales about the Mind and Brain
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Ray Hyman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198568773.003.0016

‘Psychics’ who give readings or provide messages from the dead come in two flavours. ‘Shut-eyes’ are those who believe in what they are doing. They are as much victims of the illusion of validity as are their clients. Shut-eyes make up the vast majority of readers. ‘Cold readers’ do not necessarily believe in the validity of readings. They deliberately exploit their clients and use a variety of ways secretly to gain information and to convince their clients. Cold readers might have a slight edge because they use various ploys to gain facts about their clients. The readings ‘work’ because the client is an active participant in the exchange. It is the client who supplies the meaning. The reader gets the credit.

Keywords:   cold reading, psychics, cold reading, cold readers

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