Indian Skeptic Charged with Blasphemy for Rationally Explaining a ‘Miracle’

You might remember Sanal Edamaruku — the “Indian James Randi,” if you will — from when he gave famed “tantric guru” Pandit Surender Sharma the chance to kill him using only his mind, something the guru claimed he could do: I love how Edamaruku laughs during the entire exchange For Edamaruku’s latest debunking, he went [Read More…]

A Pseudoscience Fair with James Randi

The Auraria Campus Atheists are putting together a Pseudoscience Fair. Instead of displays featuring volcanos and plants, participants will exhibit various forms of flim flam, explain why they are wrong, and show judges how to prevent getting scammed. It’s an excellent way to promote critical thinking. The icing on the cake? The event will be [Read More…]

Dear Abby, I’m a Psychic!

When I get emails from crazy people, I delete them. When Dear Abby gets them, she reinforces their lunacy. Like yesterday, when someone wrote in to talk about her psychic powers: DEAR ABBY: I will graduate from college in June and be a social worker. I am psychic, although I dislike that word because it [Read More…]

A Senator Agrees to Appear by Video at the Reason Rally but His ‘Reason’ Credentials Are In Doubt

Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) has agreed to appear in a videotaped message that will play during the Reason Rally. He and Representative Pete Stark (D-California) represent the only politicians courageous enough to “speak” at the large gathering of atheists: Said a Harkin spokesperson, “Just like the rest of his colleagues in Congress, Senator Harkin, a [Read More…]

Religious Exemptions Are OK, You Say?

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