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Sarcastic thank yous: This week in Doubtful News for April 15, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Swift
Written by Sharon Hill   

Here is a rundown of the attempt to turn people away from science and reason this week courtesy of Doubtful News.

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Randi Speaks: The 2008 Pigasus Awards PDF Print E-mail
James Randi Speaks
Written by Jeffrey Wagg   

Every year on April 1st, the JREF gives out the Pigasus awards; a dubious honor to people or organizations that have done their best in the past year to snuff out science and promote irrationality. Randi talks about the 2008 winners, who receive no plaques, trophies, or banners: just the knowledge that they're getting publicity... but probably not the kind they want.

[Note: We became aware after making this video that Pigasus winner Dr. Colin Ross has recently reactivated his Million Dollar Challenge claim. While the video is still technically correct, we thought it fair to add this.]

To leave a comment please visit YouTube, and you can read the announcement itself on the 2008 Pigasus Awards page.

 
Let's Get Behind Richard Wiseman on This! PDF Print E-mail
James Randi
Written by James Randi   

paranormalityFolks, this is a serious matter.  Our colleague Richard Wiseman explains:

My latest book is called Paranormality.  It follows in the footsteps of one of my all-time favourite skeptical books, Randi's Flim-Flam, and examines what seemingly supernatural phenomena tell us about our brain, beliefs and behaviour.  I explore lots of topics, including psychic readings, out of body experiences, mind control, ghosts and dream precognition. I made the book as interactive as possible, and Richard Dawkins was kind enough to provide an endorsement, writing “Wiseman shows us a higher joy as he skewers the paranormal charlatans, blows away the psychic fog and lets in the clear light of reason”.

The book has done well in the UK and has been bought by publishers in lots of other countries.  However, the major American publishers were reluctant to support a skeptical book, with some suggesting that I re-write it to suggest that ghosts were real and psychic powers actually existed! We didn’t get any serious offers and so it looked like the American public (around 75% of whom believe in the paranormal) wouldn’t get the opportunity to read about skepticism. 

Then I had an idea.

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Video: Christopher Hitchens from TAM5 PDF Print E-mail
Amazing Meeting
Written by JREF   
In an effort to make our extensive video library available online free of charge, The James Randi Educational Foundation is posting high quality digital video lectures and sessions from previous Amaz!ng Meetings and other events on randi.org. Check back often to see the latest video content.
 
In two weeks... PDF Print E-mail
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July 12-15, 2012 | South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa | Las Vegas, NV

24 Talks | 5 Panels | 10 Workshops | 3 Evening Shows | 3 Late Night Events
2 Live SGU Shows | 1 Million Dollar Challenge

The Amaz!ng Meeting (TAM), the world’s largest celebration of science, skepticism and critical thinking, is just two weeks away. With well over one thousand skeptics already signed up, if you haven’t reserved your spot yet, now’s the time!

Register by July 1 and Save $125 »

Call (213) 293-3092 to register by phone.

Check out the the full schedule online. We have an AMAZ!NG lineup of exciting talks, panels and workshops, with brilliant speakers like Penn & Teller, Carol Tavris, Lawrence Krauss, Pamela Gay and Randi himself. 

Talk topics include "The Moral Arc of Science," "The Future and Nothing," "Techno-optimism vs. Reality," "The Self Illusion," "Ignorance: How It Drives Science," and many, many more!

TAM is a full four-day skeptical immersion experience, from early morning to after midnight each night, debating, discussing and celebrating skepticism and its goals.

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