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James Randi Educational Foundation
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.
 
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Newsflash

The Amaz!ng Meeting 2012

July 12-15, 2012
South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa
Las Vegas, NV

TAM was already the skeptics’ event of the year, and now, it just got even better.

Penn & TellerSaturday Keynote Event: We are thrilled that our good friends Penn & Teller will be delighting us with a special hour long keynote presentation titled "38 Years of Magic & BS: A Conversation with Penn & Teller."

Also on Friday night, Penn is hosting his second Private Rock & Roll, Doughnut and Bacon Party. Be forewarned: This really is Penn’s private party. He’s paying for everything and JREF has nothing to do with it. Everyone at TAM is invited, and there is a suggested twenty dollar donation to attend, with proceeds going to the JREF.

Wait, there’s more! We’re also pleased to announce the addition of the following speakers:
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VIDEO: Live Million Dollar Challenge from TAM 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by JREF Staff   

Live on stage at The Amaz!ng Meeting 2013, we test a claimant for the James Randi Educational Foundation's Million Dollar Challenge. Join Chip Denman, Jamy Ian Swiss, Banachek, Richard Saunders, and D.J. Grothe as they conduct a test of an paranormal claimant, Mr. Brahim Addoun of Algeria, who says he can demonstrate "remote viewing." Can Mr. Addoun use his claimed mystical abilities to identify random objects hidden under controlled circumstances as claimed? A million dollars is on the line!

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What You Can Do to Fight Woo (in 5 minutes or less) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Carrie Poppy   

If you follow the JREF on Facebook, you're already enjoying our day-by-day posts of news stories around the world showing both how unfounded beliefs hurt people (and animals) and how skepticism is gaining ground, fighting superstition and exploitation. But you may still be wondering what you can do to advance skepticism and reason. Here are a few ideas from recent headlines.

 

jonthomsonFormer TV News Reporter Claims He Can Tell the Future

What's Happening:  You know those times you predict a hurricane in the Philippines and you have nothing to prove it, and you think "Damn, if only I'd texted myself beforehand about this, I could be the talk of the town!"? Well, UK-based former TV reporter John Thomson is one step ahead of you. Claiming that he can predict the future, Thomson started texting himself his predictions and now claims he has a backlog of accurate predictions to rival any alleged psychic (shall we make a "predictive text" joke? No? Okay, we'll move on). The only problem is, Mr. Thomson has been collecting the texts for well over a year, giving him plenty of time to send thousands of texts to himself, and delete the predictions which didn't come true. Is he really foreseeing catastrophic world events, or just a really patient (and bored) texter? I'm suspicious.

What You Can Do: If John Thomson is all he claims to be, there's a million dollars waiting for him. Tweet at John and ask him to take the JREF's million dollar challenge. As always, be brief and polite.

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Last Week In Science Based Medicine PDF Print E-mail
Swift
Written by Harriet Hall   

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

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