Exposing gurus and tricksters in India

Check out this clip from the BBC showing what the Indian Rationalists do to combat gurus who go out to villages in India trying to get money for their supernatural powers.


Maria D'Souza grew up in different countries around the world, including Hong Kong, Trinidad, and Kenya and it shows. She currently lives in the Bay Area and has an unhealthy affection for science fiction, Neil Gaiman and all things Muppet.

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  1. @scribe999: When the coconut ignites, he does a great Cheech Marin take. Prior to that, a nice bit of Sylvia Browne-style surliness. (Sorry, Amy, these guys are pros.)

  2. Very cool. I spent about 10 weeks in northern India, and I absolutely loved it, except for the, um, how should I put it? Industry of nonsense disguised as spirituality? You know, with a mean commercial streak.

    Most of the other westerners I met were on some sort of ‘spiritual journey’, and were vulnerable to these kinds of things, too. I am really happy that there are rationalists out there doing this kind of demonstration. Next time I am in India, I hope to meet some folks involved in that!

  3. This group is doing great work! It must be difficult to educate in such a large country.

    I saw today, also, that one of the most famous of the charlatans, Sathya Sai Baba, is not doing very well in the hospital. Will he survive to explain why he couldn’t cure himself or why one of his acolytes couldn’t cure him?

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