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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.

SWIFT May 23, 2008 PDF Print E-mail
Swift
Written by James Randi   

Geller Dodges and Weaves, A Fine Delusion Explained, That Substitute Wizard, “Books-A-Million” Doesn’t Much Care, Bottom Line – Sell the book, It Worked, Incredible, My Solution to a Question, A Cruel Delusion, and In Closing…

geller

At the beginning of February this year, I was in Mannheim, Germany, to appear on a TV show duplicating and explaining the standard Uri Geller tricks. At about the same time, Geller was interviewed by Guido Schmalriede, and the interview appeared in “Der Skeptiker,” the journal of the German skeptics group, “Gesellschaft zur wissenschaftlichen Untersuchung von Parawissenschaften e. V.”, more conveniently referred to as “GWUP.”

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SWIFT May 16, 2008 PDF Print E-mail
Swift
Written by James Randi   

Amateur Time, More Astrological Problems, Last Week's God-Message, More Desperate Data-Fitting, An Update, Last Week's Assignment, To Arms!, Praise Where Due, Strange Pride, A Centurt Out of Tune, More On Astro Timing, Tune In, Attention Norway, In Closing.

dr

I heard from Mr. Arash Irani, who notified me about yet another grubby who has attempted – dishonestly – to attack my integrity from his lofty position as a homeopath. Mr. Irani wrote:

Dr. Masud Naaseri, an Iranian scientist and researcher, is one of the supporters and theorists of Homeopathy and he has written a book about it in Persian... He also has written a book in English titled “Study of Relationships in the Fractal Matrix of Spacetime.”

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SWIFT May 9, 2008 PDF Print E-mail
Swift
Written by James Randi   

 Answers From An Ivory Tower, Marching Into the 17th Century, How Wrong Can You Get?, Tightening the Woo-Woo Limits, Oklahoma Is Not “OK” for Psychic, Official Dutch Woo-Woo, I Sense a Joke, Time-Keeping Problems, From a Different Viewpoint, Shades of Project Alpha, Advisory, More Free Energy, In The New York Times, and In Closing...

ivoryEver since I first came upon the worldwide community of dowsers, I’ve been aware of how fearful they are of having their favored delusions questioned. Since dowsers constitute – by far – the most frequent applicants for the JREF million-dollar prize, I’ve tried to encourage them to stand back and take a look at their own claims, and that suggestion has been steadfastly resisted.

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SWIFT May 2, 2008 PDF Print E-mail
Swift
Written by James Randi   

Could Astrology Be Bunk?, Another Devastating Video, A Revelation, Sniff the Woo-Woo, Three Weeks to Go, A Presumption, More UK Woo-Woo, More Unfounded Hysteria, In Closing…

deankelly

Perish the thought! How could it be that a belief thousands of years old might be erroneous? No, don’t hand me that tired old the-Earth-isn’t-flat parallel. Belief in astrology is very well established, and astrologers are wealthy and in demand. Even India, one of our centers of philosophical and mathematical genius, has astrology as an intimate part of it’s day-to-day life!

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SWIFT April 25, 2008 PDF Print E-mail
Swift
Written by James Randi   

A Great News, The Stupid Fuel Magnets Are Back, More "Qi" Discussions, A Moatter of Some Sensitivity, From An Unexpected Source, Where's that Damn Ark, The Opinion From Backstage, Beyond Parody, My UK Visit.

flamm

We have a most welcome note from Dr. Bruce L. Flamm, MD, who for the last eight years has been battling the ridiculous report that prayers intoned for infertility patients in Korea could result in a 100% increase in pregnancy rates among the subjects. We’ve followed this for some time now – just do a search on SWIFT for “Flamm,” and you’ll see.

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