Hocus pocus: x-ray eyes and spoon-bending

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Did you know they’ve taken the
word ‘gullible’ out of the dictionary? This one went around endlessly at school
and I almost fell for it the first time, but never again. Why would I?
And so I segue mysteriously
(yet relevantly) into the Channel 4 ‘Bodyshocks‘ series of documentaries. This
week’s programme focussed on ‘the girl with the x-ray eyes’. Natasha, a
seventeen-year-old from Russia claims to literally see inside people in order
to diagnose their medical conditions. Having submitted to the sceptic’s tests,
she was debunked, but not entirely satisfactorily.
About the author

Psychologist, Jeremy Dean, PhD
is the founder and author of PsyBlog. He holds a doctorate in psychology from
University College London and two other advanced degrees in psychology.
He has been writing about
scientific research on PsyBlog since 2004. He is also the author of the book
“Making Habits, Breaking Habits” (Da Capo, 2003) and several ebooks. 

And now my final, and not so
mysterious segue, is into Professor Richard Wiseman’s research into
spoon-bending. He had two sets of undergrads witness the trick. In half, the
wannabe Yuri suggested that the spoon continued to bend after he put it down.
Sure enough 40% reported the spoon continuing to bend – as if by magic.

Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.