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The Castle Project: A documentary about the Croke-Patterson Mansion PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dr. Karen Stollznow   
Thursday, 24 October 2013 09:00

Thomas Croke built the Croke-Patterson Mansion in Denver in 1891. Over the years it has been home to many different residents, as well as a doctor’s office, a dance studio, a radio station, an apartment complex and a bed & breakfast, while it remained unoccupied for many years. As an historical “castle” with a colorful past, the Croke-Patterson has a haunted reputation. At great expense, the house was recently purchased by architect Brian Higgins and converted into a boutique hotel renamed the Patterson Historic Inn, although he’s not so interested in history.

Recently, we received an email at the JREF asking us to help promote The Castle Project, Higgins’ new documentary about the Croke-Patterson Mansion. This begins with skeptics Matthew Baxter and Bryan Bonner bemoaning that the Mansion’s fascinating history is overshadowed by its ghostly lore and urban legends. Twisting this message, the filmmaker promises that he will unearth the “true” ghost stories. The Castle Project’s motto is, “Not based in a true story. It is the true story.”

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Bad Thinking Makes Bad Things Happen PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jamy Ian Swiss   
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 09:00

For a moment there that headline might seem like preaching the converse of “The Secret”, the toxically ignorant book promoted by the toxically ignorant Oprah. But this isn’t about the notion that thinking bad – or good – thoughts produces bad or good results. That notion is just plain dumb. (It’s also hateful because it inescapably claims that bad things happen to people because they don’t think good thoughts.)

What I mean by “bad thinking” here however is poor thinking – the inability to think critically, the inability to understand or effectively utilize science and scientific reasoning. And when that kind of bad thinking is in effect, then in fact, very bad things do happen. Not to mention: to good people. And their children.

This was evidenced yet again a few weeks ago when a study published in the journal “Pediatrics” provided further evidence that the 2010 pertussis (whooping cough) outbreak in California was partly the result of increased numbers of parents opting out of vaccinating their children.

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The Amazing Randi - Penn is BAD, BAD, BAD PDF Print E-mail
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Written by JREF Staff   
Tuesday, 22 October 2013 10:58

From Penn Jillette: "No one outside of my family means more to me than James Randi. It is no exaggeration to say that without Randi there would be no Penn & Teller. It’s also a fact that without Randi there wouldn’t be me the way I am today. It’s not just my career I owe to Randi, but so much of my life, so much of who I am. I asked him to look at the evidence that I’m becoming a bad guy and report on it."

Randi has responded and says a new monster is among us - Penn is BAD!

 

 
October News & Updates PDF Print E-mail
Latest JREF News
Written by JREF Staff   
Tuesday, 22 October 2013 10:49

The latest JREF nesletter is out. Don't miss our free online course, TAM 2013 videos, and more!

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Weird science, bad science and anti-science: This week in Doubtful News for October 22, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sharon Hill   
Tuesday, 22 October 2013 09:00

Here is this week's summary of strange discoveries and jaw dropping moments of the week courtesy of Doubtful News.

It was an oarfish invasion in California this week. Well, I'm exaggerating. It was only two. But, as deep sea fish, they are pretty rare to find. The first was near Catalina Island  and a second was also in California where a police officer recognized the fish from the previous find.

Another interesting science even was the recovery of the Chelyabinsk meteor from a Russian lake. 

In Bigfoot science, a new study out of the Oxford project reveals that the legendary Yeti may be a species of bear. More is to come on this story. 

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