Another excellent TAM is in the books. As Randi announced in his closing remarks, exciting times for the organization are ahead.
It's not news that the randi.org website is overdue for a makeover. The JREF is working on that as a high priority. I've just come on board as a Creative Consultant for the organization. (You may know me as the editor of Doubtful News. You can see my bio here.) Loads of unique and exciting content from new contributors will be forthcoming. Bear with us while we build the new platform and expand content.
To anticipate the new online presence, the JREF Facebook and Twitter accounts will be revamped. Please accept our apologies for changing the follow lists and formatting as we streamline and clean up older material. The social network feeds will carry important information about the organization, messages to the public, event announcements, website content links, outside links of interest, and occasional responses to questions and comments. Please continue to Tweet interesting news links and your skeptical event announcements to the JREF twitter account @jref.
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Thank you for your past support and stay tuned... what's ahead will be Amazing!
35 years ago, Barbara Walters was so impressed by Uri Geller that a bent key he presented to her became a permanent part of her key chain. Convinced that she found the real deal, she invited Randi and a couple of other notable magicans onto her show to try to explain the "Geller Phenomenon."
Randi did a bit more than that.. as you will see when you click play.
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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.
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.
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.
Former 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.