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This Week on Skeptics Guide to the Universe: PSI - The Ganzfield Experiments PDF Print E-mail
Latest JREF News
Written by Jeff Wagg   
Monday, 12 April 2010 14:10

This week on The Skeptics Guide to the Universe, the crew discusses the following topics:

  • Area 51 Declassified
  • Ununseptium
  • SBM visits NCCAM
  • Copper Magnetic Jesus Bracelet
  • Who's That Noisy
  • Your Questions and E-mails: Human Population, Dutch Psychic Follow up
  • Name That Logical Fallacy: The Genetic Fallacy
  • Science or Fiction
Listen now at Skeptics Guide to the Universe.
For Good Reason: Bruce Hood and Skepticality Celebration PDF Print E-mail
Latest JREF News
Written by Jeff Wagg   
Monday, 12 April 2010 13:20

On For Good Reason with D.J. Grothe, Bruce M. Hood discusses why so many people believe in the supernatural despite the lack of evidence, explaining that it may have something to do with how our brains are wired. He draws a distinction between religious supernatural beliefs, which are culturally determined, and more universal secular supernatural beliefs such as mind-body dualism and causality. He explains how such magical thinking may be socially advantageous and how even skeptics engage in supersense thinking. He also warns against the unscrupulous individuals who take advantage of what is a natural disposition in the majority of people.

One Week 'Til NECSS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Michael Feldman   
Saturday, 10 April 2010 10:40

NECSS_logo_fade_smallJoin James Randi and newly-installed JREF President D.J. Grothe next weekend in New York City as they headline a stellar lineup of speakers at the second annual Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism (NECSS). They will join George Hrab, Steve Mirsky, Steve Novella, Rebecca Watson (and the entire Skeptic's Guide to the Universe "Rogue's Gallery"), as well as a special Science Based Medicine panel comprised of Dr. Val Jones, Dr. David Gorski, Dr. John Snyder, and Dr. Kimball Atwood. The inimitable Jamy Ian Swiss will emcee the festivities, which will take place from 10AM - 6PM on Saturday, April 17. The location will be Florence Gould Hall at the French Institute, located at 55 E. 59th St. New York City.

Registration is open and includes a full day of panel discussions, individual presentations, a musical performance by George Hrab, and a special live taping of the Skeptics Guide to the Universe podcast. Tickets are $65 full price or $40 for students and NYC Skeptics/New England Skeptical Society members. (Note: you may sign up as a member of either organization and immediately purchase your discounted NECSS ticket)

Please visit to register and for further details.

The Ham Party 2 at TAM 8 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alison Smith   
Friday, 09 April 2010 00:00

hamparty1Those of you who attended our very first TAM Talent Show – The Ham Party at TAM 7 – know that it was a roaring success, with many great performances and awesome contributions by host George Hrab and judges Sean McCabe, Alan Melikdjanian, and Richard Saunders.

Well, this year, at 9pm Friday, July 9th, we’re bringing The Ham Party 2 to TAM 8! We’re stepping it up even further and bringing you nothing less than the best talent program the skeptical world has ever seen.

Be sure to read through this whole article for a breakdown of what you’ll get if you purchase a ticket to The Ham Party 2, as well as the guidelines for submitting yourself as a contestant. If you are chosen as one of the performers for this event, your admission to The Ham Party will be waived, and you will be eligible to win some great prizes.

If This Be Selling PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steve Cuno   
Friday, 09 April 2010 17:14

We skeptics are often eager to share the wonders of critical thinking with family, friends and associates. Good.

Some of us unabashedly and not very artfully seize the smallest opportunity to bring the topic into any conversation. Friend: “I have a new recipe for cookies.” You: “Sylvia Browne looks like she eats lots of cookies. Speaking of which, here is what the evidence says about psychics…” 

Some of us find subtler ways. How many of you, like me, keep a copy of Why People Believe Weird Things in plain sight in hopes of prompting questions?

Once we get a conversation started, we trot out evidence, debunk, and recommend websites, books, magazines and podcasts. We hope that at least some of the people we thus regale will embrace skepticism.

There’s a word for that kind of activity. “Selling.”

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