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James Randi
Written by James Randi   

Dear Friend, 

Next week, We'll be mailing out Flim-Flam! bumper stickers as a special thank you to all the new monthly donors who took a stand with us. I hope that we'll be sending one of these bumper stickers to you.

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If you're still thinking about joining our monthly donor program, now is the time to sign up and Take a Stand for Skepticism. 

Don’t miss your chance to receive a Flim-Flam! bumper sticker for making this commitment to our shared mission—there's still time. Your monthly gift will make a difference immediately. 

Your generous support will help the JREF:

  • Expose paranormal and pseudoscientific frauds in the media, and hold media organizations accountable for promoting dangerous nonsense
  • Provide grants and free teaching modules to educators, to help them inspire an investigative spirit in the next generation of critical thinkers
  • Award scholarships that encourage scientific skepticism among students
  • Support grassroots skeptics groups with tools to help them organize and promote skepticism and critical thinking
  • Digitally publish the important works of skepticism for distribution on the iPad, Kindle and other e-readers
  • And organize major conferences and other gatherings that bring the entire skeptical community together

Your continuing contribution will help keep the light of reason shining all year long. 

Please join our monthly donors today. 

As always, thank you for all that you do. 

Very sincerely, 

James Randi
Founder

 
New Videos from The Amaz!ng Meeting 2012: Skepticism and the Future PDF Print E-mail
Amazing Meeting
Written by JREF Staff   

 

If you missed The Amaz!ng Meeting 2012, you can still catch great talks on science and skepticism given live from the TAM 2012 stage, at the James Randi Educational Foundation's YouTube page. Today, we are happy to share videos of two wonderful talks by Dr. Pamela Gay and Dr. Karen Stollznow.

Dr. Karen Stollznow: Talking to Tomorrow

 

Linguist, investigator, and JREF fellow Dr. Karen Stollznow uses her expertise in language to explain psychics, mediums, channelers, and other peddlers of the paranormal. Click the image below for more.

 

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Dr. Pamela Gay: Make the World Better (Ask if Anyone Minds

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Astronomer and educator Dr. Pamela Gay calls on skeptics to be proactive in creating a kinder, more rational, and welcoming society for both themselves and others. Click the image below to see this inspiring talk.

 

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More videos of TAM 2012 will be posted in the weeks ahead. Stay tuned!

 
Los Angeles Office Closed PDF Print E-mail
Latest JREF News
Written by JREFAdmin   

In order to achieve cost-savings and greater efficiency, the Los Angeles office of the JREF has closed effective September 1, 2014. All operations have been moved to Falls Church, Virginia.

DJ Grothe is no longer with the JREF. James Randi has taken over as acting President.

This restructuring is part of an enhanced educational agenda aimed at inspiring an investigative spirit in a new generation of critical thinkers by engaging children and their parents, as well as educators and the general public, in how to think about the many extraordinary claims we hear every day.

Contact the JREF at:
James Randi Educational Foundation
2941 Fairview Park Drive, Suite 105
Falls Church, VA 22042
JREF@Randi.Org 

 
Putting Quacks, Scams, and Shams on the Ropes PDF Print E-mail
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REGISTERBUTTON.jpgDo not wait! Tickets are selling fast and registration prices will increase after March 31. We are expecting over 1,000 attendees again this year and if we fill up will be forced to close registration.

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Last Week on Science Based Medicine PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Harriet Hall   

Here is a recap of the stories that appeared last week at Science-Based Medicine, a multi-author skeptical blog that separates the science from the woo-woo in medicine.

Did a high ranking whistleblower really reveal that the CDC covered up proof that vaccines cause autism in African-American boys? (David Gorski)
Anti-vaccine sources erupted over reports that a whistleblower had confessed to fraud in the CDC, saying that when he and his co-authors published a study 10 years ago, they covered up a link between the MMR vaccine and autism in a subgroup of African-American boys. Anti-vaccine activist Brian Hooker published a flawed, questionable re-analysis of the data. We don’t yet know the whole story, but this appears to be just an ideological tempest in a teacup; and it does nothing to change the scientific consensus on vaccines.

Diet Cults vs. Science-Based Healthy Eating (Harriet Hall)  
In his book Diet Cults, Matt Fitzgerald argues that science has established quite definitively that there is no one healthiest diet: humans evolved to adapt and thrive on a variety of diets. He debunks the Paleo and other popular diets and shows that their advocates are swayed by emotional and moral influences. He proposes an informal diet guide consisting of a hierarchy of healthier-to-less healthy foods that is flexible, accommodates individual preferences, and that most nutrition experts would endorse based on the best available evidence we have at this point.

Bad Science Journals (Steven Novella)  Open-access online journals charge the author to publish. Some of them are fraudulent, falsely representing themselves as peer-reviewed and trading on the reputation of journals formerly published in print. Half of the dubious journals accepted a bogus nonsense article for publication.

Naturopathy vs. Science: Facts Edition (Scott Gavura)  A comparison of naturopathy websites and Wikipedia entries on subjects like homeopathy, adrenal fatigue, candidiasis, and black cohosh is illuminating. Naturopaths claim to base their practice on scientific principles; but it is obvious that they endorse many non-science-based diagnoses and treatments and are often openly antagonistic to science, even saying the scientific method is not applicable to what they do.

A Touch to Fear: Chiropractic and the Newborn Baby (Clay Jones)
Some chiropractors treat newborns and consider themselves qualified to act as pediatric primary care providers. A chiropractor described what he did when called by a midwife to treat a fussy baby right after a home birth. His incompetence was obvious, and the outcome could well have been disastrous. Chiropractors do not have the training to evaluate newborns; chiropractic “adjustments” of newborns are never indicated and could be dangerous.  

 
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