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Written by Jeff Wagg   
Saturday, 07 March 2009 00:00

You say you don't believe in the power of Psi? That's P-S-I, not P-S-Y. Psi is defined as "supposed parapsychological or psychic faculties or phenomen" by the Apple Dictionary, and while the entry thankfully says "supposed," others say there's a simple demonstration that can make you a believer.

Swift reader Austin wrote to ask what I thought about psiballs. Psiballs are balls of energy that you create between your hands with the power of your mind. With practice, it's reported that you can program these balls to do "complex tasks," but let's not get ahead of ourselves.

According to WikiHow, here's one way to make one of your very own:

1. Gather your energy. This could be from your own body or from another source. You could visualize the energy entering and filling every part of your body from the Earth through your feet, or from the sky and the sun through your crown chakra. Some people imagine energy coming into the body on the in-breath and out through the hands on the out-breath.

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Poland Officially Recognizes the Supernatural PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 06 March 2009 00:00

Long time Swift reader Przemyslaw from Poland brought this to our attention and translated out of the original Polish:

On 24 February 2009 three Polish scientists, led by professor ŁukaszA. Turski, initiated an open protest letter to the Polish Minister of Labour against the official list of jobs and professions recently published on the web pages of Labour Offices. The protest concerns the fact that among professions such as engineer, scientist, teacher or physician in the list there are also "professions" such as: astrologer, dowser, fortune-teller, healer (here called "bioenergotherapist") or reflexologist. The list not only records the professions names but in a detailed way describes their nature and job tasks. For instance the record concerning a fortune-teller says:

*** Name: Fortune-teller

Code: 514903

Synthesis: Consciously using inborn abilities for dealing in the field of supernatural phenomena the fortune-teller insights into the future and past events by way of different forms of traditional fortune-telling such as: cards (especially tarot), kaballah, I-ching (according to ancient Chinese "Book of transformations"), chiromancy (fortune-telling from hand), catoptromancy and crystalomancy (foretelling the future based on mirror or crystal) etc.

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What is a Skeptic's Role at a Paranormal Conference? PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 05 March 2009 00:00

Reader (and typo-hound) Dave G. reports the following:

There will be a huge convention in Minneapolis come November, where thousands of members of the woo-woo fraternity will congregate at The Edge Life Exposition. In looking at the booth location floor plan, I noticed that booth numbers ending in 13 are absent. Thus they have #100-112, then 114...; 200-212, then 214, etc, which has caused me to wonder if perhaps those people know something to which the rest of us are not privy.

I took a look a their site, and yes, it does read like the anti-TAM. You can learn how to connect with your angels, discover your inner psychic, and even discover how the secret to happiness is in your mouth – namely through holistic dentistry. Dave continues:

Another anomaly: The convention is scheduled for two days- Saturday, Nov. 14th, Sunday, the 15th. However, apparently you can purchase a three-day pass! They do not give particulars, but it is ranked with the Gold Card Pass as far as its privileges are concerned.

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James Randi and Steve Novella on YouTube PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeffrey Wagg   
Wednesday, 04 March 2009 13:55

Dr. Steve Novella of Skeptics Guide to the Universe stopped by the JREF recently and had an interesting discussion with James Randi about magic and neurology. We were able to tape it and share it with you on YouTube.

If you'd like to make comments, please visit this link to go to YouTube directly.

 
Give Me an S! Give Me a C! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Wagg   
Wednesday, 04 March 2009 00:00

logoChemical and Engineering News may have a narrow audience, but long time JREF friend (she's never missed a TAM!)  and educator Sachie brings this cheery article to our attention.

From the article:

Darlene Cavalier, a Pennsylvania mother of four, a former business developer for Walt Disney Publishing Worldwide, and a onetime cheerleader for the Philadelphia 76ers, is a vociferous fan of science and, with her slam-dunk smile and enthusiasm, is adding a literal verve to the idea of science cheerleading.
Courtesy of Darlene Cavalier

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