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Boylan Praised PDF Print E-mail
Written by James Randi   
Monday, 03 November 2008 00:00

It appears that Dr. Richard Boylan hasn’t been at all slowed down in his efforts to preach woo-woo. From October 25th, we were forwarded this set of endorsements of his campaign. From UFOFacts Yahoo Groups we see kudos for his pretentious “StarKid & Star Seed Adult Workshop” held in Pennsylvania. Here are a few examples:

What a wonderful experience!!! I have no other words to describe what you kindly shared with us. Thank you so much.

In light & love


Written by Jeffrey Wagg   
Sunday, 02 November 2008 00:00

ssb.jpgAt the JREF, we've been a huge supporter of Robert S. Lancaster and his and sites.  You'll notice that I didn't link to stopsylviabrowne this time... that's because that site has been taken over by someone who does not have the same interests as Robert. Sadly, during Robert's illness, his domain lapsed and was instantly snatched up by someone who may or may not be associated with Sylvia Browne.

Woo in Review: FRINGE PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alison Smith   
Saturday, 01 November 2008 00:00

fringe.jpgFringe is a science fiction television show created by three ex-writers from the show Alias – most notably, J.J. Abrams, creator of Lost. No matter what else I say about Fringe, it definitely did one thing for me, at least. It quietly and completely removed all hope that Lost is going to be concluded in anything resembling a logical manner.

As an awesome video game reviewer once said, "This is just all bad all the time, to the degree where it starts getting rather worrying." He wasn't talking about Fringe, but it totally works here as well. Woo in Review: FRINGE (FOX)
Skepticism's Big Tent PDF Print E-mail
Written by Phil Plait   
Wednesday, 29 October 2008 00:00

me_randi_wmapball_512.jpgNote: This post is a modified version of an email I sent to someone who was concerned about the state of the skepticism movement. I think it should have a broader audience.

I am privileged to be the President of the JREF. I'm a skeptic, and I try to live my life that way (usually succeeding, I hope). Randi was one of the largest prime motivators for me to be a critical thinker, and my friendship and admiration for him go back many years.

Yet, as Randi himself has pointed out, he and I have very different backgrounds, both academically and in general. Randi comes into skepticism from his being a phenomenal conjurer, stage magician, and trickster. I come from the angle of being formally trained as a scientist, specifically an astronomer.

Processed Food PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brian Dunning   
Friday, 31 October 2008 14:27
Here is another one of those terms too often thrown around loosely: “processed food.” It’s never used in a positive or even neutral way; it’s almost always meant negatively. It’s a weasel word.

I wondered what processed food really is. What does it mean? What makes processed food so bad? What exactly are these evil processes?

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