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Last Week at Science-Based Medicine PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Written by Harriet Hall, MD (The SkepDoc)   

Here is a recap of the stories that appeared last week at Science-Based Medicine, a multi-author skeptical blog that separates the science from the woo in medicine.

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Free Course: "How To Think About Dubious Claims," by Professor Ray Hyman PDF Print E-mail
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Written by JREF Staff   

How To Think About Dubious ClaimsJREF is pleased to release a free 10 part video lecture series by Ray Hyman titled "How To Think About Dubious Claims" and companion course guide.

Smart people can act stupidly by failing to apply their intelligence wisely. This course draws lessons from scientist smart people who went astray. This course provides a framework to help you avoid their mistakes.

Ray Hyman is a professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Oregon. Hyman's published research has been in such areas as pattern recognition, perception, problem solving, creativity, and related areas of cognition. He has written and published extensively on the psychology of deception and critiques of paranormal and other fringe claims.


The James Randi Education Foundation promotes critical thinking by reaching out to the public and media with reliable information about paranormal and supernatural ideas so widespread in our society today. Through scholarships, workshops, and innovative resources for educators, the JREF works to inspire the investigative spirit in a new generation of critical thinkers.

The 10 lecture video course can be viewed below, of found on YouTube.

The companion course guide can be downloaded here.

 

 

 
NEW: James Randi Speaks on YouTube PDF Print E-mail
James Randi Speaks
Written by Jeff Wagg   

randispeaksAs a new feature of Randi.org, we're proud to announce James Randi Speaks: a weekly video commentary from Randi on YouTube produced at the new JREF video studio. This week's feature: Problems with Miscommunication - James Randi talks about the ways in which people communicate and how some times things get misinterpreted.

This 8 minute video is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4ISmhwE1aY.

 
Teaching Sense with Nonsense PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jamy Ian Swiss   

This terrific blog piece on Forbes.com should be of interest to any and all supporters of scientific skepticism and spreading the rationalist worldview.  Beginning by pointing out the commonplace belief of Americans in pseudoscientific claims ranging from witches to ghosts to ESP, the writer, Steven Ross Pomeroy, right calls out media figures like Dr. Mehmet Oz, “who’s touted more than 16 weight-loss miracles on his show,” along with anti-science co-conspirators like Deepak Chopra and the TLC network for promoting “Long Island medium” Theresa Caputo.  

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See James Randi in Norway - Live Online Video on Monday PDF Print E-mail

James Randi is traveling throughout Norway for a public awareness campaign sponsored by the Norwegian Humanist Association. Friday night he gave a lecture to a packed theater in Oslo, where more than 2,500 lined up to get one of the 1,000 seats for his free presentation.

Randi’s next talk in Trondheim will be broadcast live online by the University student association Studentersamfundet, beginning at 1:00 p.m. Eastern (10:00 a.m. Pacific) on Monday. Bookmark this link and tune in on Monday to watch.

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