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Now that we have the quiz out of the way I have to make some assumptions about you before beginning. I’ll assume that you scored pretty high on the quiz. You probably have some kind of science enthusiasm; you might even blog or podcast or comment on science websites frequently. You are most likely college educated, a man between the ages of 18 and 24, and have been to this website before.
In this workshop from The Amaz!ng Meeting 2012, Ray Hyman instructs participants on how to do “psychic” or character readings. They also perform readings on each other. The goal is not to increase the number of cold readers, but to show how easily a cold reading can convince people they have experienced the supernatural.
In the latest installment of our YouTube series The Randi Show, James Randi gives his thoughts on Sylvia Browne's latest "psychic" disaster. Once again, Browne told the parent of a missing child that her child was dead. Once again, Browne was wrong. This time, Browne's false prediciton involved Amanda Berry, whose gruesome kidnapping has made international headlines and put Browne in the spotlight, we hope for the last time.
Antibiotics for Low Back Pain (Harriet Hall) http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/index.php/antibiotics-for-low-back-pain/ A new study showed that antibiotics improved chronic back pain in a select group of patients who had MRI findings of bone edema adjacent to a herniated disc. It was good science, well designed, with a plausible rationale; but it would be premature to accept it before the study can be replicated and confirmed, and it mustn’t be extrapolated to back pain patients outside the limited subset that was tested.