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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.

The Art of Book Review PDF Print E-mail
Swift
Written by James Randi   

Mr. Steve Hume, a member of the UK Society for Psychical Research, who apparently gives personal demos of "physical phenomena" such as "table levitation" and "direct voice communication" which are claimed to occur under the forces of spirits at séances has provided readers of the October 2008 edition of the Journal of the Society with a 1,600-word review of a 2007 book by Chris Carter, of Oxford University.

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An Excellent and Responsible Response! PDF Print E-mail
Swift
Written by James Randi   

In this article, we told you about reader Greg Rochon’s quite justified complaint concerning the inclusion of astrology in a student counseling service. Go there and read that item, please, then return here.

I asked Greg to report to us if any response was received.

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Bid on a book signed by Randi and more! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Phil Plait   

galapagos_bookJREFer and regular TAM attendee Barbara Mervine has announced an auction for an interesting item: a copy of Darwin's book The Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle. The book traveled on the Amaz!ng Adventure III to the Galapagos Islands, and was signed by everyone who went, including James Randi, Phil Plait, George Hrab, PZ Myers, Jeff Wagg, and many others.

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JREF YouTube Channel PDF Print E-mail
Swift
Written by Jeff Wagg   

One overlooked area of the JREF website is our YouTube channel. You'll find a link in the menu at the left. Over the past year, we've been adding a lot of content found nowhere else, featuring James Randi doing what he does best. We're up to 182 videos, with more coming all the time. One example is this extended video presentation of Randi speaking at NASA. (You may wish to click on the video for a larger view). Oh, and to give credit where credit is due, you might catch a glimpse of Penn & Teller and the "Amazing" Rudolph in there as well.

 

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Weird Offerings at Community College PDF Print E-mail
Swift
Written by Harriet Hall   
Periodically the mail brings us a pamphlet from our local community college listing their continuing education offerings. Along with the usual computer, drawing, cooking, and photography classes they include some less conventional subjects. I’m not even going to comment; I’m just going to list a few of them and let you draw your own conclusions.
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