October News & Updates PDF Print E-mail
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Written by JREF Staff   
Tuesday, 22 October 2013 10:49

The latest JREF nesletter is out. Don't miss our free online course, TAM 2013 videos, and more!

Weird science, bad science and anti-science: This week in Doubtful News for October 22, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Hill   
Tuesday, 22 October 2013 09:00

Here is this week's summary of strange discoveries and jaw dropping moments of the week courtesy of Doubtful News.

It was an oarfish invasion in California this week. Well, I'm exaggerating. It was only two. But, as deep sea fish, they are pretty rare to find. The first was near Catalina Island  and a second was also in California where a police officer recognized the fish from the previous find.

Another interesting science even was the recovery of the Chelyabinsk meteor from a Russian lake. 

In Bigfoot science, a new study out of the Oxford project reveals that the legendary Yeti may be a species of bear. More is to come on this story. 

Last Week In Science Based Medicine PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Harriet Hall   
Monday, 21 October 2013 09:00

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.

Yes, Chris beat cancer, but it wasn’t quackery that cured (David Gorski)  http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/chris-beat-cancer/ Most claims of alternative cancer cures are based on misunderstandings. Chris Wark claims to have cured himself of stage 3 colon cancer with nutrition and natural therapies after he had surgery but refused chemotherapy. The truth is that with surgery alone, his odds of surviving 5 years were around 64%, and that amounts to a cure, since those cancers seldom recur after 5 years. With adjuvant chemotherapy, he would have increased his odds of 5 year survival by 12-16%. It was surgery, not natural therapies, that beat his cancer,.

Chiropractic Education for Primary Care (Harriet Hall)  http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/chiropractic-education-for-primary-care/The NHUS is training chiropractors to become primary care physicians. A study of diagnostic categories for patients seen in their teaching clinic purported to show that their training is adequate preparation for that role, but in reality it shows just the opposite.

James Randi - Fighting the Fakers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by JREF Staff   
Sunday, 20 October 2013 16:31

If you missed The Amaz!ng Meeting 2013, you can still catch great talks on science and skepticism given live from the TAM 2013 stage, at the James Randi Educational Foundation's YouTube page. This week's videos include James Randi's 2013 keynote address, "Fighting the Fakers":


My Sincere Apologies... PDF Print E-mail
Written by James Randi   
Sunday, 20 October 2013 16:28

I recently tried to make a casual connection with the "LinkedIn" system and found that it can be a rather insidious experience. They reached into my computer and extracted every contact I'd ever made - some of them from a decade or more back - and I found that I'd inadvertently asked every one of several hundred persons to "link" with me. My personal - confidential - email address was distributed worldwide, and now I have to cancel that and establish a new one.


I'll be contacting those with whom I wish to share personal contact, while I still welcome communications to the JREF, some of which I can - and will - respond to personally.

My tedious medical problems are responding to proper care, and I'm looking forward to being fully "in the saddle" again and showing up in SWIFT regularly. I regret my absence, and I'm grateful for all the kind encouragement that has poured in from JREFers and others around the world. Many thanks...

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