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JREF changes focus, slips into the background

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As was briefly announced at The Amazing Meeting #13 in July, the James Randi Educational Foundation is changing focus. The new plan is announced on their website. The JREF will be awarding grants to worthy applicants. Starting in 2016, we will be making grants to non-profit groups that we believe are promoting activities that encourage…

Czech skeptics offer paranormal challenge

A preliminary test for the paranormal challenge is available to those in the Czech Republic who wish to demonstrate their powers. Czech skeptics offer reward for proof of paranormal phenomena – PRAGUE POST | The Voice of Prague. The Czech skeptic club Sisyphus has offered a reward of 10,000 Kč to anyone who would prove…

Believing is seeing when it comes to paranormal, suggests new study

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An interesting study suggests that paranormal believers are more likely to report “agents” than skeptical people. Epiphenom: Cloud of dots or person walking in a snowstorm? Paranormal believers see people when they’re not there.. What van Elk did was to show a group of subjects (a mix of local students or people visiting a paranormal…

Oh, that Meryl… lost in court for good reason

Sorry if we don’t feel like having a pity party for Meryl Dorey, anti-vax campaigner. AVN campaigner ordered to pay $11,000 in costs | News.com.au. Meryl Dorey has been ordered to pay $11,000 in costs to cover the legal fees of Stop the Australian Vaccination Network campaigner Dan Buzzard after he appealed against an apprehended…

Suicidal Psychic Sally

We don’t usually post stories from The Sun. You don’t have to click on it. In fact, I advise you don’t. The gist of it is that the coverage of accusations that she was a “fake” made Sally suicidal. Sally Morgan: Claims I was fake made me want to kill myself | The Sun |Features.…

Media Guide to Skepticism up for public comment

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Please head over to our Media Guide to Skepticism page. It is up as a draft. I am looking for comments to make it better. I thought it was high time for the media to have a one-page information sheet on Skepticism in order to distinguish between (capital ‘S’) Skeptics and the more casual skeptics…

Call to fund sound research for childhood cancer

As we posted a week ago, a skeptical activism project is underway to raise money for legitimate children’s cancer research. How are things going? SPCP tells Doubtful News: The Skeptics for the Protection of Cancer Patients (SPCP) are delighted to announce the receipt of a $2,500 donation to their St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital fundraiser.…

Skeptical activism project gears up to collect for children’s hospital

Skeptics for the Protection of Cancer Patients aims to make a big donation in the name of infamous cancer clinic doctor Stanislaw Burzynski. Happy Birthday, Dr. Burzynski! In honor of Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski’s 70th birthday on January 23rd, 2013, the Skeptics for the Protection of Cancer Patients are fundraising for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Our…

Bag Bigfoot, get a house in Fayetteville Arkansas

Reward: Bring in Bigfoot, Get a Free House From time to time the Fayetteville Freethinkers have offered rewards for evidence of paranormal powers demonstrated under careful and proper observing conditions. It’s been reported that Arkansas is in 3rd place for having a lot of “Bigfoot” activity, so on behalf of one of our members, we…

No, Twitter is not being anti-atheist.

There is no #AntiAtheistCampaign on Twitter. It’s just a crackdown on spam. « Skeptical Software Tools. I happened to stumble across a few Tweets yesterday that contained the hashtag #AntiAtheistCampaign. Hashtags are often used to organize on Twitter. This appeared to be some people organizing against some sort of oppression against certain Twitter accounts. Was…

UFO Congress had skepticism but more than lip service needed

Lee Speigel: UFO Congress Had Good Amount Of Skepticism, But More Is Needed. There was a time when UFO conventions or seminars only drew the lunatic fringe audience — those who believe benevolent extraterrestrial beings are watching over us, to make sure Mankind doesn’t destroy itself through warfare and bad decisions affecting planetary climate. At…

Geologic Concert: a gneiss night out

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Host of Discovery Channel’s “Bad Universe” to Perform Space Anthem in Bethlehem, Pa Phil Plait, host of Discovery Channel’s Bad Universe, will perform with George Hrab and the Geologic Orchestra at the historic Ice House in Bethlehem, Pa on February 18, 2012. The concert, entitled 21812: A Gneiss Night Out, is set for 8:00pm and…