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Last Week at Science-Based Medicine PDF Print E-mail
Written by Harriet Hall, MD (The SkepDoc)   

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 in medicine.

Science-Based Medicine Ebooks, Volumes 7-12 Now Available PDF Print E-mail
Latest JREF News
Written by JREF Staff   

SBMVolumesJREF is pleased to announce the final six volumes of the book series it is publishing on Science-Based Medicine.

In cooperation with the Science-Based Medicine blog, which is an invaluable source of expert information on all manner of medical topics, JREF is publishing a number of books on the topic. Led by executive editor Dr. Steven Novella, who heads JREF’s Science-Based Medicine Project, the blog’s team of writers regularly shine the light of good science on spurious health claims, and these new books anthologize their best writing on issues ranging from vaccines and naturopathy to homeopathy and nutritional supplements. Their science-based and skeptical treatment of these issues are of interest to skeptics, non-skeptics, and educated medical consumers alike.

Contributors to the book series include Dr. David Gorski, Dr. Harriet Hall, Dr. Mark Crislip, Dr. Kimball Atwood, Dr. Peter Lipson, Dr. Joseph Albietz, Dr. Scott Gavura, Dr. David Kroll, Dr. John M. Snyder, and Dr. Wallace Sampson, among many more science-based doctors and researchers.

The following six titles are now available on Kindle and Nook. iBooks versions are coming very soon:

Science-Based Medicine: Guide to Ethics, Law, Politics, Media and CAM
Kindle | Nook

Science-Based Medicine: Guide to Chiropractic
Kindle | Nook

Science-Based Medicine: Guide to Critical Thinking
Kindle | Nook

Science-Based Medicine: Guide to Cancer and CAM
Kindle | Nook

Science-Based Medicine: Guide to Acupuncture and "Eastern" Medicine
Kindle | Nook

The Best of Science-Based Medicine
Kindle | Nook

Apply for 2011 JREF Educator Grants PDF Print E-mail
Written by Michael Blanford   

The JREF awards grants to educators who are inspiring a new generation of critical thinkers. These grants help pay for developing and improving programs that teach critical thinking and scientific skepticism in the classroom and beyond.

We award grants to educators of children grades K-12 for projects that promote critical thinking through the examination of the paranormal and pseudoscience. Grants are not limited to traditional classroom teachers and those from museums, camps, community centers, and other informal educational institutions are encouraged to apply.

We're accepting proposals for 2011 grants until July 1st, so please apply or share this information with a deserving educator you know. Here are the 2011 grant application forms and additional details.

Justice Done. But Never Finished PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jamy Ian Swiss   

Professional con artist and pseudo-psychic Rose Marks was sentenced on March 3rd to more than ten years in prison following her conviction last September on charges of defrauding clients of more than $17 million.

The sentencing brought to a conclusion a lengthy process that began with the charging of Marks along with eight other family members in August of 2011. Eventually the eight others reached plea bargains, and have gradually been sentenced over the past six months. Rose Marks ended up going to trial as a sole defendant.

I have written previously about the various stages of the trial in a number of blog pieces. Here is the “Sun-Sentinel’s” story about the sentencing of Rose Marks:

It is worth taking a close look at several elements of the finale events.  The article summarizes elements of Marks’s predations, as testified to at trial by her victims, and of “how she exploited them during vulnerable times in their lives,” including how Marks victimized famed romance author Jude Devereaux and “exploited her grief after Devereaux’s 8-year-old son, Sam, died in an ATV accident…”

Ray Hyman's "How to Tell the Future" from TAM 2012 (VIDEO) PDF Print E-mail
Latest JREF News
Written by JREF Staff   

In this workshop from The Amaz!ng Meeting 2012, Ray Hyman instructs participants on how to do “psychic” or character readings. They also perform readings on each other. The goal is not to increase the number of cold readers, but to show how easily a cold reading can convince people they have experienced the supernatural.

For more videos from past Amaz!ng Meetings, visit our YouTube channel. And to register for this summer's TAM 2013 in Las Vegas, click here.

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