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Connie Sonne Fails JREF Million Dollar Challenge PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Wagg   
Sunday, 12 July 2009 15:59

Asked to dowse for cards 3 7 1, Connie Sonne has dowsed 2 1 2, and has failed the JREF Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge. More details to follow.

(Note: there was a typo in this article earlier with the asked for cards listed as 3 1 7. The correct sequence was 3 7 1, as verified by the video.)

 
Live Swifting TAM: A Fiendish Pace, The Perils of Success, Vegas U-Turns, Love and Marriage, Shermer/Savage/Lancaster, a Panel, Randi’s Crazy Stamina, and Penn’s Terrifying Ethics PDF Print E-mail
Swift
Written by Brandon K. Thorp   
Sunday, 12 July 2009 00:00

 

It’s shortly after 4:00 p.m. Phil Plait is either speaking in the conference room or just finishing up, and I’m missing it to type this. I feel bad, but that’s the way it goes here—you can’t take a bathroom break without missing something.

 

TAM is a pretty remarkable thing. We were ready for record-breaking numbers we were perfectly prepared accommodate 1,000 TAMmers this year but we passed that once-unimaginable benchmark a long time ago. The registration desk ran out of badges yesterday and I got lost in Vegas trying to find more. (Random educational aside: it is possible to traverse the entire Las Vegas strip, south to north, without once finding an opportunity to take a legal U-turn.)
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Thoughts From a Rare Break PDF Print E-mail
Swift
Written by Jeff Wagg   
Saturday, 11 July 2009 00:00

After four hours of much needed sleep, I find myself at the bar of the Cornado Café at South Point in Las Vegas. It is 6:00am, and I am eating alone. I find this experience odd, not because I'm up this early, but because this is likely the only time today that I will be left alone with my thoughts.

We've had a tremendous couple of days at TAM. Despite the expense in this challenging economy, we've managed to bring over 1000 people from all over the world into the desert to talk about science and skepticism. It's nearly impossible to express how important this is.

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TAM 7 Live On Your Computer! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Wagg   
Sunday, 12 July 2009 00:00
Webcam chat at Ustream As an experiment, we're live streaming TAM 7 on Ustream. We'll try to keep it live as long as possible. Come watch and be a part of TAM! You can also watch at this URL http://bit.ly/1BmU3E.

 

Jeff Wagg will try to be in the UStream chat room as much as possible to answer any questions you might have..

 
Randi's TAM 7 Welcome Address PDF Print E-mail
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Written by James Randi   
Friday, 10 July 2009 10:40

Today marks the official start of The Amaz!ng Meeting 7! The ceremonies were opened by Randi himself, and below is a transcript of his talk.

Greetings, all! First, welcome to The Amaz!ng Meeting 7. The JREF staff and I have been repeatedly astonished – if not “amazed” – at the steady growth of this annual event, and we are appropriately grateful and humble for your presence here.  But, I must explain my somewhat subdued appearance…

This is what I call a major bummer.  During a routine medical examination more than a month ago, it was discovered that I had a nasty visitor inside me – yet another stunning example of Intelligent Design at work, friends.  My doctors went in and removed it, and things are looking up again.  I’ll be pretty weak for a couple of months, but I assure you all that I’m fighting this thing with the very best technical help – I’m not at all shy about embracing technology! – and I’ll be able to keep up with my regular duties as the treatment proceeds.

This is the reason you’ve not seen any recent videos from me.  Of course, I’m very fortunate to have good folks like Phil Plait, that Bad Astronomer, along with the ever-present, ever-diligent, and very fierce Linda Shallenberger, to back me up.  They stepped in to manage and resuscitate TAM 7, and I think the results speak for themselves…!

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