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Reader James Todd, Ph.D., with the Department of Psychology at Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, comments on the continuing academic endorsement of the ridiculous “Facilitated Communication” [FC] notion as a means of treating autistic children. See www.randi.org/joom/content/view/121/27/#i1 for our most recent mention of this subject. Dr. Todd writes:
In case people are wondering, Nancy Cantor, Syracuse University Chancellor, has recently confirmed her FC true belief. I suppose that her appointing Douglas Biklen as Dean of the Syracuse College of Education, was probably enough to demonstrate that. But this nails it down.
In a speech delivered on September 7 this year, Cantor (a Stanford-trained Ph.D. in Psychology) stated:
This is a great little video mashup done by Vendel on YouTube. The video is of an interview with Uri Geller leading up to the premiere of the show "Phenomenon". Geller does his standard spoon bending or actually spoon breaking routine for Matt Laur on the Today Show. Laur however wasn't fooled and comes right out and
James Randi discusses Uri Geller's reversal as Geller is now almost admitting that he is a magician.
Randi also speaks about how in 1975 he offered Geller an out. He told Geller that he would assist Geller in becoming a well known illutionist if he would admit that he was not a genuine "psychic". Geller ignored that offer and continued on claiming he was genuine.
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On Xmas morning, the NBC-TV “Today Show” featured the Washington Performing Arts Society singing a rather upbeat version of the Hallelujah Chorus. It was just great, though Handel might have had an attack of the vapors on hearing it. Then the show took off on a religious treatment of the whole holiday scene, though some of this was encouraging, I must admit. Last week I pontificated on a presidential candidate’s religious attitudes being important rather than only peripheral to his/her qualifications, as so many have opined. Now “Today” has informed us that a survey says 70% of American voters want a religious presidential candidate… Man the barricades!
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Reader and frequent commentator Avital Pilpel has sent me a 334-word message that I will give you here in full, not only because it’s interesting and from an expert, but because it’s brief enough for you to handle easily. Had it been 350 words… Referring to the item at randi.org/joom/content/view/142/27/#i2, Mr. Pilpel writes:
In your discussion with Jay Roessler, both of you are – slightly – wrong, due to translation problems.
The original Hebrew says, "Lo ihyu lachem elohim acherim al panay" – you shall have no other Gods al panay. Literally, "al panay" means "on my face." It is an Hebrew idiom, meaning "in preference to me." It is often used elsewhere in the Bible in matrimonial matters, i.e., when someone divorces one wife and marries another al paneyha – "over her face" – that is, in preference to her.