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Teachers: Get Free Registration to The Amaz!ng Meeting with an Educator Grant PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Barbara Drescher   
Wednesday, 07 May 2014 14:35

If you are not an educator, please help us spread the word about this wonderful opportunity. 

Are you an educator who would like to bring more skepticism and critical thinking into your classroom? Would you like to be inspired, energized, and informed? The Amaz!ng Meeting 2014 is a great place to meet other educators, gather materials (including printed copies of the JREF’s education modules for classroom use), pick up tips, and be inspired. 

In addition to three days of superb talks and panel discussions, TAM 2014 offers a full day of workshops, including two which will focus on incorporating skeptical thinking lessons into classrooms. This year’s theme, “Skepticism and the Brain” promises to be especially valuable to educators.

The Amaz!ng Meeting is attended by people from all walks of life and all over the globe. Speakers include scientists, philosophers, journalists, educators, activists, and even entertainers. Simply put, The Amaz!ng Meeting is James Randi Educational Foundation’s yearly celebration of science, education, and critical thinking.  Educators who attend TAM will be able to bring what they have learned into the classroom. 

And we would like to help you join us!

In an effort to expand our promotion of education and the development of future critical thinkers, the JREF established the TAM Teacher Scholarship Fund in 2013. The fund will pay the registration fees for a limited number (to be determined by donations received by June 15, 2014) of educators to attend The Amaz!ng Meeting 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada, July 10-13. 

The best news is that due to the generosity of the skeptical community, we are already on our way to awarding grants and we have a pledge from one donor, Brian Walker, to send at least TEN more teachers to TAM 2014!

Details regarding eligibility, how to apply, and what to expect can be found here

If you would like to help send teachers to TAM 2014, you can do so here. Every little bit helps! Donations made after June 15, 2014 will be distributed to TAM 2015 grant recipients. 

 
Ghost sex, a possessed mongoose and a killer drink: This week in Doubtful News for May 6, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sharon Hill   
Tuesday, 06 May 2014 15:39

Here is a rundown of the disturbing news that made your jaw drop courtesy of Doubtful News.

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Last Week In Science Based Medicine PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 06 May 2014 15:31

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-woo in medicine.

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Dangerous Magical Thinking in Cambodia PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dr. Karen Stollznow   
Friday, 02 May 2014 11:10

Thanks to Leo Igwe, many skeptics have heard of the strong belief in witchcraft in Africa, leading to torture, beatings and burnings of innocent people. Fewer of us have heard about the belief in some Asian countries that sex with a virgin will afford magical powers to men, leading to sex exploitation.

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Hours left to save $50 on the biggest skeptics' event of the year. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by JREF Staff   
Wednesday, 30 April 2014 11:12

Special early registration pricing ends today, Wednesday, April 30.

If you haven’t reserved your spot yet, now’s the time! Register today and lock in the savings. »

This annual celebration of critical thinking is an unparalleled opportunity to make like-minded friends, enjoy some of the brightest minds on issues important to skeptics, and leave with tools for spreading a helpful and educational message to those who might be hurt by charlatans and unfounded belief. TAM has become the must-go-to event for skeptics and science advocates.

Join James Randi and over a thousand other like-minded folks for four days of fun, friendship, and critical thinking!

REGISTER TODAY!

TAM 2014 offers four full days of skeptical programing running from early morning until after midnight most nights, including main conference sessions featuring dozens of talks, panel discussions, and special afternoon and evening keynote presentations by such luminaries as BILL NYE, DANIEL DENNETT, MARIETTE DICHRISTINA, MICHAEL SHERMER, PATRICIA CHURCHLAND, ELIZABETH LOFTUS, CAROL TAVRIS, RICHARD WISEMAN, and many, many more. Amazing!

But there's a lot more to TAM than just the the main conference sessions. TAM 2014 offers a wide array of other educational and entertaining activites, including:

  • Ten skeptic WORKSHOPS offering hands-on activist and educational training.
  • Three advance theatrical screenings of AN HONEST LIAR, offering an exclusive pre-release look at the documentary about the life of James Randi following the movie’s debut at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, and other film festivals.
  • Paul Provenza’s annual night of unflinching comedy, ¡SATIRISTAS LIVE!, featuring some of the brightest skeptical stars in comedy today.
  • The acclaimed DARK STORIES magic and spiritualism show, a night of spooky and strange starring two of the world’s most offbeat magicians, Eugene Burger and Michael Carbonaro.
  • Penn Jillette’s private ROCK & ROLL, DOUGHNUT AND BACON PARTY, one of the highlights during TAM each year.
  • A live on-stage test of an applicant for the JREF’s MILLION DOLLAR PARANORMAL CHALLENGE.
  • The SKEPTICS’ POKER TOURNAMENT, featuring VIPs from the worlds of science and skepticism.
  • A special DINNER, GAME SHOW, AND AUCTION starring The Skeptics’ Guide to The Universe, benefiting JREF’s K-12 educational programs.
  • Exclusive, INTIMATE LUNCHEONS with Randi and other TAM luminaries.
  • Dozens of AUTHOR SIGNINGS with speakers from the TAM 2014 stage.
  • A packed EXHIBIT HALL featuring TAM sponsors, partners, and rationalist organizations highlighting their services and products of interest to the growing skeptic community.

More details on these events can be found on the TAM website ≫

But the best thing about TAM is still the community and camaraderie. You’re in the company of hundreds of other people who prefer the world the way it really is: real.

Enjoy all of this and much, much more — Register for TAM today!

 
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