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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British Politician Claims That We Can Find Answers in Astrology

This is a guest post written by Andy Wasley. Andy is a freelance writer based in London.

“There is no logic in attacking something that has a proven track record,” said David Tredinnick this week. Tredinnick (below) is a fairly low-ranking Conservative member of the British Parliament, and a member of Parliament’s Health and Science & Technology Committees. You’d be forgiven for assuming he might have been talking about stem cell research, nanotechnology, or micro-satellite constellations. He was talking about constellations, yes, but in a very different way.



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WGN News Shines a Spotlight on Humanist Activist Leo Igwe

In anticipation for this weekend’s Humanism At Work conference in Chicago, WGN’s Larry Potash (Really? Twice today?!) ran a great segment on Humanist activist Leo Igwe and his work ending the horrific practice of witch-hunting in Africa:



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News Anchor Offers His Take on Psychic Reading: “Awful! Not Even Close!”

I don’t know why they invite psychics on news programs, but at least WGN’s Larry Potash had the guts to call one out on her bullshit, not once, but twice!

Here’s the backstory: In 2010, psychic Char Margolis appeared on the WGN Morning News to promote her book Discover Your Inner Wisdom (the foreword’s written by John Edward of Crossing Over fame, so you *know* it’s quality material…). Potash knew she was faking it and had no problem saying as much during her reading:



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