Tomorrow, the JREF and PhACT (the Philadelphia Association for Critical Thinking) will put therapeutic touch to the test at Philadelphia's Franklin Institute. James Randi and JREF President D.J. Grothe will be in person at this latest attempt to discover the truth behind TT practitioners' million-dollar claims. You can learn more about the JREF's history testing therapeutic touch right here.
But if you're unfamiliar with the practice, you can also listen to the latest episode of our podcast "Consequence", in which we talk to Bob Glickman, a nurse who's spent years investigating and challenging therapeutic touch practitioners' claims. Learn about the history of TT, how it has managed to creep into mainstream medicine, and what can be done to stop it from doing harm. You can listen right now here, or subscribe to "Consequence" on iTunes.
GAPS Diet (Harriet Hall) http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/index.php/gaps-diet/ The Gut and Psychology Syndrome Diet is a mishmash of half-truths, pseudoscience, imagination, and untested claims. It is the invention of one woman who believes a large number of health and psychological problems (especially autism) are caused by an imbalance of gut microbes. Her claims are not supported by any published evidence.
Last year we at the JREF decided to test the waters with a year-end fund-raising campaign to help raise awareness both of our mission as well as new ways to advance it. We were inspired by your response to our appeal, so much so that this year we hope our Season of Reason campaign will continue to support the bright future for skepticism and critical thinking.
We are focusing on our new educational efforts, as you will see here. But we now have a secret weapon that we're hopeful will make this end-of-year fund-raising campaign even more effective. An anonymous JREF member has made a very generous challenge donation to the JREF of up to $100,000. This means that whatever support you feel motivated to give to the JREF, this donor will match dollar-for-dollar up to a $100,000 limit!
Simply put my friends, there's never been a better time to put your money to work for skepticism and critical thinking, not only because every dollar you donate now doubles its value, but also because the JREF is doing more now to increase critical thinking in education than we've ever done in the past. The Amaz!ng Meetings are growing in size and number internationally, with record attendances, and we're seizing new opportunities to make a difference, such as digital publishing and smartphone "apps."
James Randi is back with the second entry in his YouTube vlog. This week's entry, "It's Not In the Name" deals with the specialized wording used by different groups who may or may not be reality-based. And don't miss a minor miracle performed by Randi himself.
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Astrophysicist and science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson presents the keynote address at TAM6. His "brain droppings" cover everything from UFO abductions to 13th floors to jury duty.
Dr. Tyson is the host of NOVA scienceNOW on PBS, and has been a frequent guest on The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. His presentation from TAM6 is one of the most entertaining presentations from any Amaz!ng Meeting.