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JREF Swift Blog
Swift, named for Jonathan Swift, is the JREF's daily blog, featuring content from James Randi, the JREF staff, and other featured authors.

TAM 7 Recap w/ Latvia's Only Superhero PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brandon K. Thorp   

As we get set to open registration for TAM 8 (which we’re gonna do in the immediate future — think days, not weeks), it’s worth taking a look back at TAM 7 with the internet’s bravest, smartest, and most skeptical superhero, Captain Disillusion.

 
On 10:23 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Michael Marshall   

Generally speaking, when homeopathy hits the headlines here in the UK skeptics have cause to wince. Whether it's B-list celebrities advocating homeopathic malaria prevention, newspaper health columns promoting the benefits of Hahnemann's long-discredited pseudomedical practice or simply major pharmacies out to make an easy profit, there are very seldom many good days for succussion-skeptics.

Saturday, 30th January 2010, however, was different.

 
Lancet Retracts Wakefield MMR Study PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Novella   

In 1998 Andrew Wakefield and 11 other co-authors published a study with the unremarkable title: Ileal-lymphoid-nodular hyperplasia, non-specific colitis, and pervasive developmental disorder in children. Such a title would hardly grab a science journalist's attention, but the small study sparked widespread hysteria about a possible connection between the mumps-measles-rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Following the press conference in which Wakefield raised concerns about MMR vaccine safety, vaccination rates with MMR dipped in the UK. After falling below what is generally considered to be the level of herd immunity, the UK began to see the return of measles outbreaks - mostly among the unvaccinated. MMR hysteria has since spread to the US, along with the return of measles and mumps outbreaks.

 
Point of Inquiry to Continue with New Hosts PDF Print E-mail
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Written by D.J. Grothe   

Our friends at CFI have announced that Point of Inquiry will continue, which is good news — I would have been deeply saddened to see it cancelled due to my moving onto the JREF. We are also told that all of the previous 200+ episodes that I hosted will continue to be made available.

Point of Inquiry will proceed with three new hosts: Chris Mooney, Karen Stollznow, and Bob Price, all three friends and colleagues of mine in skepticism and humanism. While I had offered to continue hosting Point of Inquiry gratis, because I knew the value of the show for advancing CFI's important mission, CFI's management decided it wasn't the best business decision for them to have the President of a separate organization hosting the show.

 
Jurassic Farce PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Wagg   

We've seen claims that people coexisted with dinosaurs. In fact, some say Jesus may have even ridden a dinosaur. And while anyone who is at all interested in science can laugh at such claims, some new evidence has just appeared on the scene. It's not evidence of humans and dinosaurs; it's even better. 

It's Jurassic Bigfoot.

 
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