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    Martial Arts and Magical Thinking

    Hey boys and girls.

    I get to give a 10-min presentation at a Skeptical event up here on "Martial Arts and Magical Thinking". I intend to reference the Dim Mak video from Fox Chicago at the start, because it's such an awesome starting place.

    I'm fishing around for other topics -- I'd like to be fairly focused though.

    Any suggestions?
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    It's been a long time... but I think I recall there being some videos of Yellow Bamboo trying their techniques on non-believers and failing.
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    Derren Brown - who is a skeptic and hypnotist, copies the invisible punch.



    Keep in mind, he knows this is a trick. It's similar to the mind control 'brainwashing' that the no touch throw 'Masters' used to use on their students.

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    there's always this old gem:



    i'd discuss their claims, how the techniques work according to these masters, then show some footage of them like the one above when their techniques are tested against resisting opponents. it's basically what happens when magic meets science.

    as a skeptic myself, i find martial arts challenges one of the most gratifying ways to debunk bullshit. if only i could disprove homeopathy by punching them in the face...

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    Just out of curiosity, will you be linking the "Magical Thinking" found in BS martial arts with the magical thinking found in various types of mental illness?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wetware View Post
    Just out of curiosity, will you be linking the "Magical Thinking" found in BS martial arts with the magical thinking found in various types of mental illness?
    I would assume not if they want a shred of plausibility to their argument

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    Don't forget this classic feature the UFC's own Stephan Bonnar:



    The specific point being that the "so called" pressure point artist can totally take out his own students but, someone else's...

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    you can always juxtapose this with video of Clay/Ali's "phantom" punch on Liston

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    You might want to check out John Chang, known as the Magus of Java.

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    Got details on this skeptics event?

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