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Have a question for Richard Wiseman?

Richard interviewing me

Professor Richard Wiseman has a great new book out called Quirkology. Not only should you run to your local book store and purchase it right this instant, but you should also look forward to a radio interview I’ll be conducting with Richard this Saturday! I’m wondering if any of you have a question you’d like me to ask him, or a particular topic you’d like to hear us explore. You can post your thoughts as comments here or e-mail them to me at [email protected].

Find out more about Richard and his weirdo experiments on his web site, Quirkology.com.

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8 Comments

  1. As someone who's studied this I think he should be able to answer this question pretty easily.

    In general, what is this easiest part of the human brain to fool? Our spatial senses, color registration, sound ect… Or is there no single part of the brain easily fooled rather, does it require the combined parts of our brains to trick one another.

    I'm sure you can reword my question in a better way.

  2. I was alone in a hotel room with two queen-sized beds. Why should I choose a particular bed and side to that bed?

    Just FYI, I chose the right bed (as seen like a floor plan, from above) and the left / inner side (again, seen from above), regardless of where the exit door or bathroom were.

  3. Oooh, ooh! I know!

    Why don't you ask him what it would take for a silly American with an MA in film studies and an interest in perception, psychology, and skepticism (such as this humble commenter) but no practical experience in the area to work under him for a PhD in Psych???

    (If it will help, tell him I've already bought and read Quirkology, having done so while still in England)

    But if you prefer NOT to ask that, well, you could ask him to talk a little bit more about the "pioneers" in the field of quirkology, those other psychologists from days gone by whose experiments and ideas influenced him. That might lead to a good story or two, and can get him talking about his book :)

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