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This Week In Doubtful News PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Hill   

Here is a rundown of the week in weird news, and WHOA, boy, it certainly WAS a weird one, courtesy of Doubtful News. 

It was a busy week for Bigfoot issues - not really good ones. A big deal blimp project is raising funds to get off the ground and scout for the critter.  

A major indicator of real Bigfoot prints, has sustained a major blow

The second most famous crypto-creature was disputed this week as well, as business people bullied each other over marketing their cash cow - the Loch Ness monster.

Our big story of the week was solving the case of the strange fence-walking critter in New Jersey. Spoiler: It was not the Jersey devil Heck, it wasn't even Jersey! 

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Hours left to save $50 on the biggest skeptics' event of the year. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by JREF Staff   

Special early registration pricing ends today, Wednesday, April 30.

If you haven’t reserved your spot yet, now’s the time! Register today and lock in the savings. »

This annual celebration of critical thinking is an unparalleled opportunity to make like-minded friends, enjoy some of the brightest minds on issues important to skeptics, and leave with tools for spreading a helpful and educational message to those who might be hurt by charlatans and unfounded belief. TAM has become the must-go-to event for skeptics and science advocates.

Join James Randi and over a thousand other like-minded folks for four days of fun, friendship, and critical thinking!

REGISTER TODAY!

TAM 2014 offers four full days of skeptical programing running from early morning until after midnight most nights, including main conference sessions featuring dozens of talks, panel discussions, and special afternoon and evening keynote presentations by such luminaries as BILL NYE, DANIEL DENNETT, MARIETTE DICHRISTINA, MICHAEL SHERMER, PATRICIA CHURCHLAND, ELIZABETH LOFTUS, CAROL TAVRIS, RICHARD WISEMAN, and many, many more. Amazing!

But there's a lot more to TAM than just the the main conference sessions. TAM 2014 offers a wide array of other educational and entertaining activites, including:

  • Ten skeptic WORKSHOPS offering hands-on activist and educational training.
  • Three advance theatrical screenings of AN HONEST LIAR, offering an exclusive pre-release look at the documentary about the life of James Randi following the movie’s debut at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, and other film festivals.
  • Paul Provenza’s annual night of unflinching comedy, ¡SATIRISTAS LIVE!, featuring some of the brightest skeptical stars in comedy today.
  • The acclaimed DARK STORIES magic and spiritualism show, a night of spooky and strange starring two of the world’s most offbeat magicians, Eugene Burger and Michael Carbonaro.
  • Penn Jillette’s private ROCK & ROLL, DOUGHNUT AND BACON PARTY, one of the highlights during TAM each year.
  • A live on-stage test of an applicant for the JREF’s MILLION DOLLAR PARANORMAL CHALLENGE.
  • The SKEPTICS’ POKER TOURNAMENT, featuring VIPs from the worlds of science and skepticism.
  • A special DINNER, GAME SHOW, AND AUCTION starring The Skeptics’ Guide to The Universe, benefiting JREF’s K-12 educational programs.
  • Exclusive, INTIMATE LUNCHEONS with Randi and other TAM luminaries.
  • Dozens of AUTHOR SIGNINGS with speakers from the TAM 2014 stage.
  • A packed EXHIBIT HALL featuring TAM sponsors, partners, and rationalist organizations highlighting their services and products of interest to the growing skeptic community.

More details on these events can be found on the TAM website ≫

But the best thing about TAM is still the community and camaraderie. You’re in the company of hundreds of other people who prefer the world the way it really is: real.

Enjoy all of this and much, much more — Register for TAM today!

 
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.

 
Last Several Weeks In Science Based Medicine PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Harriet Hall   

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-woo in medicine. 

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Take a Stand for Skepticism! PDF Print E-mail
James Randi
Written by James Randi   
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We need your help to create a world where everyone has access to the tools of science and critical thinking, and charlatans can’t get rich by deceiving others.

For less than $3.70 a week, you can help expose dangerous frauds, support skeptical teachers, and educate and inspire the next generation of critical thinkers. 

The JREF's monthly donors are dedicated skeptics and critical thinkers who commit as little as $16 a month to provide year-round support for our shared mission. 

Please click here to join with our other monthly donors today in support of our important mission. It only takes a minute to make a big difference for our humble organization.

Sincerely,

James Randi
Founder

 

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