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2008-2009 JREF Scholarship Winners PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Phil Plait   
Monday, 08 September 2008 09:03

The James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF) is pleased to announce the winners of the academic scholarships for 2008. Each year, a total of $10,000 is awarded to students who have shown extraordinary ability in using critical thinking in their field of study, who will actively pursue building critical thinking skills into their field, and who research the use of critical thinking in their field.

These qualities are judged by how closely they reflect the goals and values of the James Randi Educational Foundation: bringing critical thinking to the public, exposing pseudoscientific frauds, and promoting real science and rationality.

The winners of 2008 academic scholarships are:

SWIFT September 5, 2008 PDF Print E-mail
Written by James Randi   
Thursday, 04 September 2008 15:31

Absurd, Shermer’s Event, Some Heavy Comments, Alarming Acceptance of Quackery, A Huge Step Backward, Stupid Answers, Some Hope, In Closing…


A certain Vince Fenech, Evangelist pastor and director of the fully-licensed, state-approved “Accelerated Christian Academy Creationist institution” in Malta, has achieved a new level of fantasy that rivals most of what we encounter these days, even on the US political scene. Says this student of mythological science, dinosaurs helped build the pyramids of Egypt. This is a little-known aspect of archaeology, even as taught in Egypt or to Scientologists.

Mark Edward Climbs Aboard to Chase El Chupacabra PDF Print E-mail
Latest JREF News
Written by Jeff Wagg   
Thursday, 04 September 2008 03:58

 Mark Edward, famed mentalist and master of the magical séance, will be joining the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF) on The Amaz!ng Adventure 4, a thrilling cruise leaving from Los Angeles and adventuring its way to the beautiful beaches of Mexico from March 8-15, 2009.

Edward’s mastery of magic and psychic entertainment earned him the position of Medium at Hollywood's Magic Castle, where he conducted séances for 15 years. He will regale show attendees with stories of his undercover work as a “professional psychic” when he was on the editorial staff at SKEPTIC magazine.

SWIFT August 29, 2008 PDF Print E-mail
Written by James Randi   
Thursday, 28 August 2008 13:52

Lying Ain't a Sin!, Unnoticed Amid the Laughter, More Mitchell, A Delicious Hoax, A Request, Ban on Oxygen Bars Circumvented, From Cananda, Verbatim Editorial, Data Input Requested, 2008 Scholarship Awards, The Enchanted Islands, Signs of Progress, In Closing...


We’ve heard from reader Chris Wayne in Brisbane, Australia, who tipped us to this next item.

The Australian Christian Church [ACC] is a group of Pentecostal Churches formerly known as the Assemblies of God in Australia. It was formed in 1937 and adopted the new name in 2007. It currently consists of more than 1,120 churches with over 215,000 constituents, making it the largest Pentecostal movement in Australia.

SWIFT August 22, 2008 PDF Print E-mail
Written by James Randi   
Thursday, 21 August 2008 11:25

Hairy Chap in the News Again, I Sniff Desperation, At Last, Perhaps a Doubt?, Bentley in a Bind, The ADE651 Detector, Please, and In Closing…


When some folks get themselves revved up on a specific farce, they can’t stop. One such unfortunate, a former Las Vegas promoter named Tom Biscardi, is currently wondering whatever happened to his two “partners” who accepted from him a $50,000 advance on future earnings that were to be earned from exhibiting the frozen body of a bogus Bigfoot. Matthew Whitton and Rick Dyer, the genuine bipeds from Georgia who claimed to have found and chilled the Bigfoot body, are now being pursued by Biscardi, whose money they seem to have absconded with once the frozen "corpse" was revealed to be a hoax. Really? Wow!

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