JREF Issues a Direct Challenge to James Van Praagh

I know “psychic” James Van Praagh will never respond to the Million Dollar Challenge because he’s a con artist and he’s making too much money defrauding gullible people desperate for contact with their dead loved ones to “prove his powers.” But it’s good to see the James Randi Educational Foundation going after him directly in [Read More...]

How Do You Talk To a New Age Believer?

As far as I know, no one I’m close to believes in New Age bullshit. Hoagy Wilson seems to be surrounded by that nonsense, though, and he’s written an ebook explaining how to deal with it. It’s called How to Talk to Your New Age Relative. An excerpt is below: One area of substantial challenge, [Read More...]

A Bus Ad with False Advertising

Adnan Oktar (a.k.a. Harun Yahya), the Islamic Creationist nut, has put up bus ads in London that read “Modern Science Demonstrates That GOD EXISTS” — the ad includes his picture and a link to his clearly-hasn’t-been-updated-since-1998 website: Somehow, I don’t think the ad will gather anywhere close to the level of traction or publicity that [Read More...]

This Movie’s in the Correct Category…

Reader Matthew points out that iTunes is currently selling Ben Stein‘s anti-evolution propaganda movie Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed for $4.99 as part of its “Back-to-School” sale… … and they’ve categorized it under Comedy Well, I suppose it is a mindless film that had a lot of people laughing afterwards… [Read more...]

They Do It So You Don’t Have To

Ross Blocher and Carrie Poppy have an excellent podcast in which they try out all the skeptical things you always hear about. In recent months, they’ve gotten ear-candled, visited a Sikh Gurdwara, and — this is impressive — gone through five months’ worth of classes in order to become official Mormons. In Part 1, your [Read More...]