Thailand’s New Prime Minister Believes in Feng Shui, Holy Water, and Black Magic

Prayuth Chan-ocha (below), the Thai army officer who led a military coup against the government earlier this year, handpicked his legislature, and was (surprise!) unanimously chosen by them to be the country’s new Prime Minister last month, isn’t exactly a great role model.

Stepping away from how he obtained office, his belief in superstitious bullshit makes U.S. politicians seem almost secular in comparison:

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Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 13: Tyler Measom and Justin Weinstein, Directors of An Honest Liar

Our latest podcast guests are Tyler Measom and Justin Weinstein, directors of An Honest Liar (the documentary about James Randi):



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There’s a Reason They Call Him “Amazing”

The Miami Herald‘s Glenn Garvin had a wonderful profile of James Randi in yesterday’s paper:



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Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 12: James Randi and Banachek

***Update***: We have several interviews from The Amazing Meeting that we’ll be releasing over the next few weeks, so enjoy this bonus episode! … Our latest podcast guests are James Randi and Banachek: James Randi is the legendary investigator of paranormal and pseudoscientific claims and the namesake of the James Randi Educational Foundation. Banachek is [Read More...]

With $1,000,000 on the Line, Check Out How JREF Designs an Experiment to Test Someone’s Supernatural Powers

Every year during The Amazing Meeting, the James Randi Educational Foundation allows someone who claims to have supernatural powers the chance to win $1,000,000 right then and there by proving his or her skills. There’s a large audience watching the experiment, even though the only person who believes in the claimant’s powers is the claimant.

But it’s not purely for shits and giggles. There’s actually a rigorous process leading up to the big event, involving both sides agreeing on what the experiment will be and what it would take for the supernatural powers to be “proven.”

Richard Saunders elaborates:



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