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Is the JREF Library Haunted? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeffrey Wagg   
Monday, 29 September 2008 16:40

The Isaac Asimov Library at the James Randi Educational Foundation has many thousands of books on the occult, supernatural and paranormal. It also has a time lapse camera, which has recorded something previously found only in those volumes.

SWIFT September 19, 2008 PDF Print E-mail
Written by James Randi   
Thursday, 18 September 2008 18:01

Reading, Writing, and Conjuring?, "Skeptic" Revisited, More Ogilvie, The Henning Saga, Happy Day, Love Moon Anion Pads, Sylivia's Latest Farce, In Conclusion...


Richard Wiseman is a psychology professor at Hertfordshire (UK) University and a dear friend of the JREF. He's also fascinated by the little quirks and weird things that happen in everyday life, and has made it his goal to study them. One such study, featured in the newspaper The Daily Mail (link:, was to see how learning -- and performing -- magic tricks affected children's ability to learn in school.

SWIFT September 12, 2008 PDF Print E-mail
Written by James Randi   
Thursday, 11 September 2008 12:34

Sensing Silliness, Who Owns the Word Skeptic, For Skeptical NYC, Randigram on Hiatus, Irresistible, Critical Thinking Education Group, Skepdoc Harriet Hall, Chase El Chupacabra With Us, Are You A Rational Mom, Debate: Did "Science" Get a Mention in St Paul, In Closing…

Please note, item 3 has been updated: Myers Responds!


As reported in the New Zealand Herald, September 5, 2008, ( police in Wellington have called in two TV psychics from the show Sensing Murder. Deb Webber and Kelvin Cruickshank have been asked to help provide “any little piece of information” to help them solve the disappearance of physiotherapist who went missing while walking in Rimutaka Forest Park.

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.

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