The Quirky Science of Prof. Richard Wiseman

Professor Richard Wiseman started his unusual career as a professional magician before obtaining a degree in psychology then a doctorate. He is currently based at the University of Hertfordshire in the UK, where he holds Britain’s first Professorship in the Public Understanding of Psychology. His international reputation stems from his research into unusual areas of psychology, including luck, deception, the paranormal, humour, and the science of self-help where his critical examination leads to the debunking of unusual phenomena, including reports of paranormal phenomena. He has published over 60 papers in various academic journals and science publications and penned four books. The Luck Factor presents a comprehensive account of his research into the psychology of luck. Quirkology examines the curious psychology of everyday life, including laughter, lying, and love. 59 Seconds investigates the science of self-help and rapid change. His latest book, Paranormality, was published in March 2011.

Prof Wiseman’s research has been featured on a number of television programs such as Horizon (BBC), Body Shock (Channel 4), 20/20 (ABC), and Dateline (NBC) and he is heard on BBC Radio 4, with regular appearances on Start The Week, Midweek and The Today Programme. Articles about his research have been published in The Times, The Daily Telegraph and The Guardian and his work has even made its way to the front cover of the The New York Magazine. The professor maintains his own web site, a blog and a YouTube channel while further distributing his work via Facebook and Twitter.

I ran across these charming and fascinating videos about some “magic tricks” filmed by the professor. What he does is interesting and educational and when combined with the music, you have a good little piece of entertainment. Enjoy!

Uploaded by Quirkology on Dec 7, 2009
Top 10 quirky science tricks for parties

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_f3SkxTWxc

Uploaded by Quirkology on Dec 6, 2010
Ten more science stunts for parties

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o715eLhIsqo

References

Wikipedia: Richard Wiseman
Professor Wiseman is known for his critical examination and frequent debunking of unusual phenomena, including reports of paranormal phenomena.

official web site: Richard Wiseman

official blog: Richard Wiseman
[If you like puzzles, this gentleman has a mind for you. I note that Prof. Wiseman seems to be publishing a posting Monday through Friday so with 5 entries per week, you going to have to tune in regularly to keep up!]

Facebook: Richard Wiseman

Twitter: Richard Wiseman
@RichardWiseman London and Edinburgh

YouTube channel: Quirkology
[Prof. Wiseman’s own YouTube channel]

Web site for the book: Paranormality
[This is Prof. Wiseman’s fourth book.]

CSI: The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry
The mission of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry is to promote scientific inquiry, critical investigation, and the use of reason in examining controversial and extraordinary claims.
[ The list of staff shows Richard Wiseman as a research fellow.]

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