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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.

Big News from the Breatharians PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeffrey Wagg   
wiley.jpgHoo boy. For those who don't know, breatharians are folks that live without the benefit of food. They take in all sustenance and energy through the air. And while this is among the silliest claims we've had at the JREF, we receive queries about it often, including challenge applications. However, 70-year old Wiley Brooks, who claims to have lived without food for thirty years, has just made an important announcement through his Breatharian Institute of America that may have us rethinking our previous notions.
Who Needs Proof? PDF Print E-mail
Written by James Randi   

Well, apparently a reader named “Adriana” did, but she didn’t look around much to find any before she paid up. Her letter:

I am writing to add some more proof to your claim that Sylvia Browne and her possy are con artists. I only want to describe my story so you will see that Chris [Dufresne] is not able to see the future and I am trying to open as many eyes as I can.

Isn't Floating Enough? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeffrey Wagg   

hoverit.jpgSwift Reader Jeff McVann sends us:

I went to Wired Magazine's NEXTFEST in Chicago last weekend. There was plenty of cool and useful technology to be seen, but I was very disappointed to see the "Hoverit Lounger." It is a plastic chair with magnets that make it "float." A picture can be found here: Besides looking very uncomfortable - note that it is a solid plastic chair, and the arm rests stay put while the seat moves up and down - but the brochure also states "...inventor Keith Dixon claims the lounger's magnetic fields can help those suffering from backaches, headaches and muscular discomfort."

Price? $11,000!!! They say a fool and his money are soon parted. Only a fool would buy this chair.

Keep up the good work!


The Definition of "Double Blind" PDF Print E-mail
Written by James Randi   

We have had several requests from potential prize applicants who believe that they have the power to dowse, and who need general guidelines for how to conduct a double-blind test before they actually make application. We recognize that not everyone will know what a double-blind test is, so here is a general description.

George Vithoulkas Homeopathy Challenge - Starting Anew PDF Print E-mail
Written by James Randi   
The brouhaha that began as a comprehensive homeopathy test In Greece, has been consuming far too much of my time and attention, and of my colleagues, as well. Forget all previous correspondence exchanged on the subject. What appears HERE is the current status.

We’re starting anew. Bear in mind that WE are offering the million-dollar prize, and WE will control the parameters, in line with the rules of the challenge – which are available to everyone. There will be no more exceptions, which I had – unwisely – granted to certain persons in order to be more accommodating; they have always chosen to be difficult, capricious, and arrogant as a result of this courtesy. No more.

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