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Derren Brown is a skeptic; a friend of science and reason. While I was a student in London I worked part-time for a major UK mobile phone network, selling mobile phone contracts in a shop. The job was quite fun at first, and the commission meant that I did pretty well financially for a student at least.
However, new bosses came in, bringing with them great ideas for how to move forward. Rather than learning about the products we sold, we were taught the art of selling in general. You can find out what sort of person they are. I tried to dispute what they were preaching to us. Why this biographical stuff important? Just look at the power of NLP, we were told! This makes me wonder how many other companies are training their sales staff to use NLP on customers, and using this video as evidence to support their claims.
Pegg has a written note in his pocket describing a present he really wants. Brown then apparently reveals how the trick was done — the spiel near the start caused Pegg to forget about the jacket and desire the red BMX in its place. So what do I believe happened? I think that Pegg wanted the red BMX all along, and Brown somehow obtained this information well before the show — enough time to get a red BMX ready to reveal during the trick.
Here are my reasons for thinking this:. A leather jacket is what I want. What did I say? Red BMX? Why would he do that, rather than leave us guessing? Why should this one be different? So those are my reasons. I feel a bit bad asking this, since I like Derren Brown. Geller is adamant that he bends spoons solely with the power his mind. Having said that, I do see the other side. While everyone is concentrating on his hypnotic techniques, the trick is already done, via some very simple and traditional method.
However, if he carries on, his shows have the same force, but people like my retail bosses will keep using Brown as proof that their training methods are on the right track.
So I propose this: Brown carries on doing his shows in the way he does them already. Someone helpfully pointed out this post by Brown:. I reserve the same scepticism for subliminal messaging, as well as a lot of body-language reading and the like. This is good to see, but has two problems. Category: Skepticism. Headline The New Republic continues to oppose racism by criticising anti-racists. Headline Against the Death Penalty. First, a bit about my own experience with NLP.
Here are my reasons for thinking this: 1 Pegg seems to have no recollection of ever wanting a leather jacket. Another Uri? Update: Someone helpfully pointed out this post by Brown: 3. Article by: Notung I started as a music student, studying at university and music college, and playing trombone for various orchestras. While at music college, I became interested in philosophy, and eventually went on to complete an MA in Philosophy in An atheist for as long as I could think for myself, a skeptic, and a political lefty, my main philosophical interests include epistemology, ethics, logic and the philosophy of religion.
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Derren Brown born 27 February is an English mentalist , illusionist , and author. Since his television debut with Derren Brown: Mind Control in , Brown has produced several other shows for the stage and television in both series and specials. He made his Broadway debut with his stage show Secret. He has also written books for magicians as well as the general public. Brown does not claim to possess any supernatural powers and his acts are often designed to expose the methods of those who do assert such claims, such as faith healers and mediums.
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A few days later, I was sitting in a capacity audience at a theatre in Covent Garden. A slim, pale, vulpine man in his mid-thirties, with well-tended light-brown hair and a goatee, came onstage, dressed in a trim black suit and a black shirt. Brown spent the next two and a half hours performing a series of increasingly inconceivable set pieces, organized around the theme of how susceptible we are to hidden influence. He gave demonstrations of subliminal persuasion, lie detection, instant trance induction, and mass hypnosis, as well as manipulation of his own mental state to control his response to pain. To show that participants were selected at random, he hurled a stuffed monkey into the auditorium, and whoever caught it would come up onstage.
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I have never used stooges. People generally imagine I must do if they can find no other explanation. My techniques are rooted in conjuring magic and hypnosis. All else is most likely misdirection and should be taken with a hefty pinch of salt. I reserve the same scepticism for subliminal messaging, as well as a lot of body-language reading and the like.
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Derren Brown is a skeptic; a friend of science and reason. While I was a student in London I worked part-time for a major UK mobile phone network, selling mobile phone contracts in a shop. The job was quite fun at first, and the commission meant that I did pretty well financially for a student at least. However, new bosses came in, bringing with them great ideas for how to move forward. Rather than learning about the products we sold, we were taught the art of selling in general.