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Dr. Bernard J. Leikind

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www.gods411.com, 8 Aug 2011 [cached]
His message was followed by rebuttals from three panelists: Dr. Bernard Leikind, a plasma physicist and senior editor of Skeptic magazine; Dr. Jitendra Mohanty, one of India’s most distinguished Hindu philosophers and professor at Emory University; and William Lane Craig, a well-known Christian philosopher and apologist.
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Physicist Bernard Leikind ate a light bulb for an earlier generation of Skeptic readers - Vol. 3 No.3, 1995. He turned off the power, unscrewed the bulb, smashed it with a hammer, and only ate the glass. He strongly advises readers not to eat their cell phones even if they have turned them off, smashed them, and canceled their contracts.
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I feel that Bernard Leikind is being somewhat disingenuous. He has given his opinion, based by 'facts' to accommodate his results,
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Second, mr Leikind, doesn't seem to have any real facts to back up his claims. Third, when somebody disagrees with him he strikes back at them with some vitriol,not unlike a very unprofessional person.
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I teach Astronomy & Physics and I'd give Leikind an 'F' for this article:
1) How can he assert properties of *unknown* mechanisms? There may be second and third order effects (and/or combinatorial effects). At best he can say that the mechanisms that he considers cannot cause cancer.
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I would not allow Mr. Leikind within a couple of miles of any piece of research that was serious in intent.
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Dr. Leikind,
Thanks for your article.
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Thank you, Dr Leikind.
McCuistion TV Program Notes
www.mccuistiontv.com, 23 Nov 2000 [cached]
Bernard Leikind, Ph.D., Physicist, Contributing Editor for Skeptics Magazine Back to "Coming Attractions"
Theories
www.firewalkutah.com, 11 June 2012 [cached]
In 1994, physicist Bernard Leikind visited the Firewalking Institute and tried to dramatically illustrate this concept by strapping two sirloin steaks to his feet and then walking across a bed of coals while The Discovery Channel filmed the event. The steaks seemed to be unaffected by the coal bed. He then placed a metal grill in the coals and, when it was glowing red, he placed the same steaks on the grill and the metal instantly seared the meat. He felt this sufficiently demonstrated that mental state had nothing to do with the phenomenon of firewalking. He emphasized that it would not be possible for humans to walk on the glowing, red grill without injury.
As soon as he said this, a number of people from our staff walked on the grill without harm.
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I suggested to Dr. Leikind that we blindfold him and lead him in various directions near the coal bed so that he would have no way of preparing himself mentally before actually stepping onto the embers. He refused. He also refused to walk on the metal grill, so I assumed that at some level he too must have realized there was more to the phenomenon than the conductivity of the coals and simple physics.
In fact, after years of insisting that firewalking was rather safe due to the low conductivity of the coals, with temperature being irrelevant, on May 9, 2000, Dr. Leikind finally signed a statement saying, "Any claim that the temperature of the coals is not important...is simply preposterous;" and adding, "it is my opinion that firewalking is an abnormally dangerous or 'ultrahazardous' activity."
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The reason Dr. Leikind's steaks were seared by the glowing metal while human feet were not is simply because the human foot was connected to a living, conscious being who is more than inert matter.
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www.grrrlmeetsworld.com, 17 Dec 2010 [cached]
Description: A panel discussion and debate on the meaning of evil and suffering from theists Dr. William Lane Craig and Ravi Zacharias, atheist Dr. Bernard Leikind (a plasma physicist and senior editor of Skeptic magazine), and Hindu Dr. Jitendra Mohanty (one of India's most distinguished Hindu philosophers and professor at Emory University).
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In the debate, watch how Zacharias first responds to the naturalist (Dr. Leikind), and you'll see why I award Zacharias the "asshole apologist" award.
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