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Tim Minchin - Worth Seeing! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeffrey Wagg   
Monday, 20 October 2008 06:27

Longtime friend of the JREF Tony Youen reports:

Perhaps if you get the chance you could publicize Tim Minchin (www.timminchin.com). I saw his show last night in Derby. Apart from being extremely talented  and funny he uses a lot of skeptic material in his act. I understand he's a member of Australian Skeptics. Highly recommended to all skeptics in the UK.

I have to say, if you do nothing else.. LOOK AT HIS SITE! It's fantastic. And it appears that he'll be touring the UK for quite some time, so if you're in the area, give him a look!

 
Who Needs Proof? PDF Print E-mail
Swift
Written by James Randi   
Sunday, 19 October 2008 18:00

Well, apparently a reader named “Adriana” did, but she didn’t look around much to find any before she paid up. Her letter:

I am writing to add some more proof to your claim that Sylvia Browne and her possy are con artists. I only want to describe my story so you will see that Chris [Dufresne] is not able to see the future and I am trying to open as many eyes as I can.

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Isn't Floating Enough? PDF Print E-mail
Swift
Written by Jeffrey Wagg   
Saturday, 18 October 2008 05:55

hoverit.jpgSwift Reader Jeff McVann sends us:

I went to Wired Magazine's NEXTFEST in Chicago last weekend. There was plenty of cool and useful technology to be seen, but I was very disappointed to see the "Hoverit Lounger." It is a plastic chair with magnets that make it "float." A picture can be found here: http://gizmodo.com/346269/hoverit-lounger-relaxation-through-levitation Besides looking very uncomfortable - note that it is a solid plastic chair, and the arm rests stay put while the seat moves up and down - but the brochure also states "...inventor Keith Dixon claims the lounger's magnetic fields can help those suffering from backaches, headaches and muscular discomfort."

Price? $11,000!!! They say a fool and his money are soon parted. Only a fool would buy this chair.

Keep up the good work!

 

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The Definition of "Double Blind" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by James Randi   
Friday, 17 October 2008 18:00

We have had several requests from potential prize applicants who believe that they have the power to dowse, and who need general guidelines for how to conduct a double-blind test before they actually make application. We recognize that not everyone will know what a double-blind test is, so here is a general description.

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George Vithoulkas Homeopathy Challenge - Starting Anew PDF Print E-mail
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Written by James Randi   
Friday, 17 October 2008 04:22
The brouhaha that began as a comprehensive homeopathy test In Greece, has been consuming far too much of my time and attention, and of my colleagues, as well. Forget all previous correspondence exchanged on the subject. What appears HERE is the current status.

We’re starting anew. Bear in mind that WE are offering the million-dollar prize, and WE will control the parameters, in line with the rules of the challenge – which are available to everyone. There will be no more exceptions, which I had – unwisely – granted to certain persons in order to be more accommodating; they have always chosen to be difficult, capricious, and arrogant as a result of this courtesy. No more.

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