Richard Wiseman

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Richard Wiseman (born 1966) is a British psychologist, a former professional illusionist, a popular-science writer and a skeptic. He holds the chair of Public Understanding of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire.

His basic research involves luck, the psychology of change, illusion, humour, belief, and the paranormal — basically, why people believe weird things. Like all good scientists, and anyone with a modicum of common sense, he is skeptical of absurd sounding claims not backed by solid evidence.

He also runs a very popular YouTube channel called Quirkology. Videos include illusion demonstrations, bets that you will always win, and a subtle questioning of your observations.

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