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Dowsing for Divots PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Wagg   
Friday, 30 April 2010 09:17

Messerschmitt109I present to you a rather old but fascinating story. Two planes clash over France, 1944. One is victorious, and a defeated German fighter smashes into the field below. 50 years later, the pilot is still listed as "Missing In Action," and the field shows no sign of the conflict above.

Or does it?

According to this article, investigator Laurent d' Hondt used dowsing rods to find the plane. The field must have been giving off waves or rays or something that made the aluminum rods twitch. How would it have ever been found without this strange force? Let's take a closer look and I suspect we'll have an answer.

Last Day for The Amaz!ng Meeting Early Registration Discount! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by JREF   
Thursday, 29 April 2010 14:33

Today is the last today to get the early registration discount for TAM. Prices will be going up at Midnight tomorrow, April 30. (That's Eastern time).

Don't miss out.... visit The Amaz!ng Meeting Registration page and register right now!

D.J. Grothe at NECSS, Plus Semi-Related Editorial PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brandon K. Thorp   
Wednesday, 28 April 2010 20:28

D.J. Grothe’s lecture from NECSS 2010 has made the leap to the interwebz, and you may view it below.

D.J.’s subject, “Skepticism Is a Humanism,” is an affirmation of a principle that some of us think goes without saying, and which the rest of us hardly think about. It raises some interesting questions.

The talk begins with definitions. D.J. asks: Is skepticism “saying no to nonsensical beliefs”? I don’t think so. The pejorative “nonsense” almost automatically implies a degree of solipsism; an unwarranted trust in one’s ability to distinguish nonsense from truth. Everybody, Tom Cruise to Fred Phelps, thinks s/he says “no” to nonsense. It doesn’t make them skeptical. (Though it does reveal an innate, unformed inclination toward skepticism, which makes me hopeful.) A meaningful definition of skepticism would have to encapsulate the process by which we identify nonsense, rather than note the mere fact that we disparage it.

Last Week at Science-Based Medicine PDF Print E-mail
Written by Harriet Hall, MD (The SkepDoc)   
Tuesday, 27 April 2010 13:07

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 in medicine.

Sales of “Boobquake” T-shirts Support Real Quake Relief and the JREF PDF Print E-mail
Written by Michael Blanford   
Monday, 26 April 2010 17:38
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“Boobquake” is the clever idea of blogger Jen McCreight of Blag Hag. It was born after hearing the claim of an Iranian cleric that “women and girls who don't dress appropriately increase promiscuity in society, when promiscuity spreads, earthquakes increase."

McCreight proposed that April 26th would be declared “Boobquake” and suggested that women wear cleavage-exposing tops in order to test the claim. Surely, if the cleric was correct, the combined supernatural power of all of this immodesty would result in a powerful earthquake.  

“Boobquake” is more than just an experiment. By purchasing related t-shirts, you can support international earthquake relief, as well as educational programs focused on the dangers of pseudoscience and the supernatural. 100% of the profits generated by t-shirt sales will be donated to the James Randi Educational Foundation and the Red Cross.

Visit Blag Hag to learn more about “Boobquake 2010” or purchase your commemorative t-shirt and support the work of JREF and the Red Cross here.

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