To those few persons who I've had to disappoint in the last week or so, including the fine folks at SkeptiCal this last weekend where I was to do a session via Skype and where JREF President D.J. Grothe spoke about the future of skepticism, as did Tyler Measom and Justin Weinstein on the new movie about me An Honest Liar I send my profound apologies and regrets...
I was recently rushed off to the hospital when a serious circulation problem presented itself, a product of my simply getting older, though at 84-going-on-100 I'm actually doing rather well! After several well-informed medical foreheads were thoroughly scratched and my aching frame was mercilessly poked, probed and scanned, a regimen was arrived at, and though we had to cancel a couple of recent talks and meetings that I'd very much wanted to attend, I'm now concentrating on moves that will assure my participation at TAM 2013, July 11th to 14th -- and a day or two on either side, if you'd prefer. That appears to be still "in the bag," and I'm assured that our intentions and hopes will be met...
Go to AmazingMeeting.com to have the latest details, please. I will be doing something very special for this event.
The JREF is fortunate to have a staff — D.J., Thomas, Brian and the rest of the team — prepared to adjust to these sorts of sudden changes and emergencies, and I'm eagerly looking forward to greeting another giddy crowd of TAMmers in Los Vegas this year. Yes, I may be moving a tad slower, and though my naked-dance-on-fire-with-tambourines may have to be postponed this year, I'll still be telling bad jokes and showing you corny card tricks when begged. And doing a very special presentation Saturday, too. I just know that will impress you...
So, business as usual in Las Vegas, good people, onwards and upwards...!
Very sincerely, James Randi.
James Randi is the founder of the James Randi Educational Foundation.
Received at firstname.lastname@example.org on 13 November 2008, unaltered except for removal of sender's name.
I was thinking about your site, and thought what about the possibility of testing for GOD. And then coincidently I found the following article on your web site (point 2.5). It is very interesting. For the first part, GOD means different things to different people. Though most people around the world believe in some form of God, or Gods.
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Brandon has been extremely busy in Europe with Randi's sold-out tour. Crowds have been large and enthusiastic. But he did have time to send off this missive and video:
Greetings, Jeff. It's late at night in Tallinn, Estonia, where Randi just lectured in the old city center at the Science Academy. The Academy is one of those glorious old estates meant to be lived in for generations, gilted walls disappearing beneath decades' worth of portraiture. (Didn't happen: A century after it was built, a bunch of scientists took it over.) This was a classier joint than we're used to, but Randi comported himself as well as you'd expect.
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