Randi in Holland, last week. Interviewed by Mr. Martijn van Calmthout, photographed by someone or other, and publicly overdosing on homeopathic sleeping pills. Don't worry, folks: He's okay. (And sorry about the shaky camera in the last cut -- for various reasons, I had to carry our tiny little camera in one hand.) - BKT
If you missed The Amaz!ng Meeting 2012, you can still catch great talks on science and skepticism given live from the TAM 2012 stage, at the James Randi Educational Foundation's YouTube page. Today, we are happy to share videos of two wonderful talks by Dr. Pamela Gay and Dr. Karen Stollznow.
Dr. Karen Stollznow: Talking to Tomorrow
Linguist, investigator, and JREF fellow Dr. Karen Stollznow uses her expertise in language to explain psychics, mediums, channelers, and other peddlers of the paranormal. Click the image below for more.
Dr. Pamela Gay: Make the World Better (Ask if Anyone Minds
Astronomer and educator Dr. Pamela Gay calls on skeptics to be proactive in creating a kinder, more rational, and welcoming society for both themselves and others. Click the image below to see this inspiring talk.
More videos of TAM 2012 will be posted in the weeks ahead. Stay tuned!
In this workshop from The Amaz!ng Meeting 2012, Ray Hyman instructs participants on how to do “psychic” or character readings. They also perform readings on each other. The goal is not to increase the number of cold readers, but to show how easily a cold reading can convince people they have experienced the supernatural.
First things first. Take this quiz. It should take you about five minutes. I’ll wait.
Now that we have the quiz out of the way I have to make some assumptions about you before beginning. I’ll assume that you scored pretty high on the quiz. You probably have some kind of science enthusiasm; you might even blog or podcast or comment on science websites frequently. You are most likely college educated, a man between the ages of 18 and 24, and have been to this website before.