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Last Week At Science-Based Medicine PDF Print E-mail
Written by Harriet Hall, MD (The SkepDoc)   
Tuesday, 06 April 2010 00:59

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.

Quackery at Temple...? PDF Print E-mail
Written by James Randi   
Monday, 05 April 2010 09:26

On Thursday, March 25, 2010, Temple University announced — in Temple Today, their daily e-mail posting to keep staff, faculty, students, alumni and friends of the University abreast of Temple news — the official advent of Medical Acupuncture as an accepted therapy now to be offered at Temple University’s hospital. Sanford M. Sorkin, Faculty Chair of the Advisory Board of Temple University, wrote to Temple president Dr. Ann Weaver Hart and to Dr. John M. Daly, Temple’s Dean of the University Medical School, regarding this announcement:

JREF Kicks off its Regional Workshop Series in Saint Louis PDF Print E-mail
Written by Michael Blanford   
Friday, 02 April 2010 20:14

dowsing_3The Regional Workshop Program, one of several new educational initiatives in development at the JREF, saw its debut in Saint Louis this past month.  The workshop, which was sold out, focused on the use of dowsing rods and pendulums for divination.  Participants were treated to a comprehensive review of the topic beginning with its fascinating history.  The real fun began, though, when participants were guided through the process of making their own dowsing rods & pendulums and examining their effectiveness under careful experimental conditions.  Making and using these “devices” gave participants firsthand experience in the ideomotor effect and confirmation bias.  This “hands-on” approach will be a focal point of all JREF workshops.  It’s gives people an important perspective on the topic.  A great example of this is the participant who said: "After I made my pendulum, they told me to ask the pendulum to give me a yes response.  I was like "this is stupid... woah, it's moving!" The workshop also stressed the need for robust testing protocols and gave practical experience in setting up double-blind trials.

5 Things You May Not Have Thought to Bring to TAM PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Wagg   
Friday, 02 April 2010 14:51

We're now three months away from The Amaz!ng Meeting 8, 2010. I can tell you that things are abuzz at the JREF as we finalize plans, make arrangements, and put the finishing touches on what promises to be the biggest and most exciting TAM ever. Really. And though we say that every year, we've been right!

For those of you coming to TAM and for those of you considering it, I've put together a list of five things that you may not have thought you'd need. TAM can be a bit hard to explain, and this list might help some of you get a better grasp of what you're in for.

The 2009 Pigasus Awards PDF Print E-mail
Written by The JREF   
Thursday, 01 April 2010 20:54

pigasusawardGood evening!

Tonight, we are pleased to present this year's Pigasus Awards to the following very-deserving people. It was a hard call — there seem to be millions all over the world clambering to make it onto the following shortlist — but these folks had that special something that commanded our attention and, in the end, impressed us like no others. No matter if it was blatant cynicism, shocking callousness, lazy ignorance, or merely old-fashioned pig-headedness — these men and women took those qualities that most vex us to their wild, crazy extremes. We'd salute them, but we're too busy gaping.

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