Mitchell on Dateline....

James Randi --- Wizard (randi-hotline@ssr.com)
Sun, 21 Apr 1996 14:15:00 -0400

EDGAR MITCHELL AND A CAREFULLY-OMISSIVE INTERVIEW

I just watched NBC-TV's "Dateline" and was shocked by a piece on
astronaut Edgar Mitchell. Let me tell you a few of the things they
left out....

Mitchell's "amazing" and unauthorized ESP experiment conducted on the
way back from Apollo XIV's 1971 mission, was anything but the success
that was described. In fact, though Mitchell related to the New York
Times that he had attempted to transmit the order of a makeshift deck
of ESP cards to a recipient on Earth, and that the results obtained
were "3,000 to 1 against chance," he failed to mention that there were
actually four recipients on Earth; he didn't count the three who
"failed" because they didn't sound good enough as part of his story,
perhaps. But the "success" he exulted over was anything but that: the
one subject GOT SUCH POOR RESULTS THAT THE FIGURES WERE 3,000 TO 1
AGAINST HIM GETTING SUCH POOR RESULTS! He simply failed, in grand
style!

Not only that, but Mitchell had "transmitted" his thoughts hours AFTER
the scheduled time, and the unknowing "psychics" on Earth weren't
told, so they wrote down their results hours BEFORE Mitchell
"transmitted"! Come on, Mitchell! Where is this astounding success
you claimed?

"Dateline" used the admittedly marvellous fact that Mitchell walked on
the Moon as the basis for taking his present claims of aliens-in-UFOs
landing on Earth, as serious material. How does his achievement, IN
ANY WAY, make him an authority on this subject? He even accepted, and
still accepts, Uri Geller as genuine, too, and he was the one who
brought Geller to the USA!

Not to my surprise, Mitchell cited the usual governmental cover-ups of
the facts of alien contacts. Give us a break!

As CSICOP's Paul Kurtz said to me just today, it's not getting any
better; the situation is getting worse, expotentially. We're well on
our way to another set of Dark Ages, and the coo-coos are taking over.
Nutured, I'm afraid, by the media.

James Randi