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For Good Reason: New Evolution Book for Kids PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Wagg   
Wednesday, 10 February 2010 10:15

evolutionforkidsIn the latest episode of For Good Reason, Daniel Loxton, editor of Junior Skeptic, talks about his children's book Evolution: How We and All Living Things Came to Be. He explores why books about evolution for children are so rare. He explains how children can become filled with "spiritual" awe by learning about evolution. And he talks about how he challenged creationism and addressed the religion vs. science controversy in the book.

For more information and to listen online or subscribe via iTunes, visit forgoodreason.org.

 
Randi's Invitation to Darwin Day PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brandon K. Thorp   
Tuesday, 09 February 2010 09:26

 
JREF Posts Employment Opportunities PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Wagg   
Monday, 08 February 2010 09:47

The JREF is happy to announce two new employment opportunities.

Director of Educational Programs
Full-time position reports to the President and is responsible for assisting in the development educational and workshop programs and courses in scientific skepticism and critical thinking, both for adults, and for children ages 7-14. Oversees and administers the "JREF in the Classroom Program." Assists in the design and implementation of teacher training in scientific skepticism, regional grassroots skepticism workshops, and online skepticism courses. Application open until filled.

Administrative Director
Full- or part-time position reports to the President and is responsible for overseeing various aspects of the administration of the James Randi Educational Foundation, including accounting and bookkeeping, human resources, general office management, and event planning and organization.

For more information, please visit JREF Job Openings.

 
Last Week In Science-Based Medicine PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Harriet Hall, MD, The SkepDoc   
Monday, 08 February 2010 16:37

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.

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RECEIVED FROM A THAI CORRESPONDENT PDF Print E-mail
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Written by James Randi   
Thursday, 04 February 2010 13:23
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We received this from a reader who is concerned about the use of the so-called electronic dowsing rods in his country, Thailand…

My name is Tuang Cheevatadavirut. I'm a freshly graduated student in MBA/MSIS (Master of Science in Information Systems) at Iowa State University. I saw your blog comment on the arrest of James McCormick, so I’d like to tell you about GT200 use in Thailand. This is a device similar to the ADE 651, Quadro Tracker, M.O.L.E., HEDD1, Sniffex (Plus), Alpha 6, PSD-22, and H3Tec, etc.  I want to give you all the possible names of the device, given that government agencies in many countries – Pakistan, Iraq, UK, Mexico, Dubai, Kenya, Tanzania, Philippines, Lebanon, Jordan, China, Afghanistan, and possibly India – have been employing this kind of bogus device. Not only does it put innocent citizens at risk, but also the security forces’ personnel, be it militia men or police.

 

Randi: Tuang, there are many more than the eight you list, believe me. These fake devices are on sale all over the world, and those who sell them are doing very well, I can assure you!

These days there are many insurgencies that occur in southern Thailand daily. Innocent citizens as well as security forces’ personnel are losing their lives. To counter such incidents, many government agencies have ordered the GT200. Even though in the past weeks there have been claims that the device is bogus, the Thai Central Forensic Science Institute, the Provincial Electricity Authority and military agencies such as the Royal Thai Army, the Royal Thai Air Force's Directorate of Armaments, the Naval Ordnance Department, and the Royal Thai Navy, have defended their use and the effectiveness of such devices.

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