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April 2011

Pigasus Awards Announced!

The JREF promotes critical thinking through grants for outstanding educators, scholarships to inspire skeptical students, and annual conferences showcasing the best of skeptical thought—but every April Fools Day, we honor the five worst offenders who are intentionally or unintentionally pulling the wool over the public's eyes.

This year’s “winners”: NASA Engineer Richard B. Hoover, CVS/pharmacy, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Televangelist Peter Popoff, and, finally, Andrew Wakefield, father of the vaccine-panic industry. Find out why they won at Randi.org.

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TAM 2011 Early Registration Closes April 30

TAM list of speakers

The Amaz!ng Meeting (TAM) is an annual celebration of science, skepticism, and critical thinking. People from all over the world come to The Amaz!ng Meetings each year to share learning, laughs, and the skeptical perspective with their fellow skeptics and a host of distinguished guest speakers and panelists. This year's TAM Vegas will feature more speakers, panels and workshops than ever, and also features a special space science and skepticism focus, titled TAM 9 From Outer Space! 

Early registration ends at the end of April, so register today!

Group photo from TAMWorkshops offered this year include: Defending Evolution, Organizing Skeptics (a.k.a. Herding Cats), Advancing Skepticism Online, Investigating Monster Mysteries, Raising Skeptics, and many others.

And don't miss out on TAM's evening events, including:

  • The Rebecca Watson Game Show and Variety Hour
  • Paul Provenza presents ¡SATIRISTAS! — Live in Concert
  • Penn Jillette’s Private Rock & Roll, Doughnut and Bacon Party
  • Max Maven's Thinking in Person

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Report from Randi’s Norway Tour

Trondheim video screencapThrough the Norwegian Humanist Association’s Ingen liker å bli lurt (Nobody likes to be fooled) campaign, the JREF has helped share the value of critical thinking and skepticism with hundreds of thousands of Norwegians. Last month, Randi gave three lectures in Oslo, Trondheim, and Bergen, spoke with young Humanists as part of their studies for confirmation, and gave more than a dozen interviews for the Norwegian news media.

Flim-Flam! Now Available for iPad and iPhone

The JREF has published a new iBooks edition of James Randi’s skeptical classic Flim-Flam!, featuring a new introduction by James Randi, a new cover by Travis Dick, and a special price of $6.99 (international availability and pricing may vary). Click here from your iOS device to get Flim-Flam! from Apple’s iBookstore.

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Want to Take the Stage at TAM 2011 in Las Vegas?

Call for Papers: If you’d like to speak on any skeptical topic at TAM this year, submit your proposal now. Around six proposals will be accepted, and each will be allotted 20 minutes for presentation and an additional 5 minutes for questions and comments from the audience. Click here to learn more and submit your proposal.

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Picture of New MDC applicationNew Million Dollar Challenge Application

The new rules and application for the JREF’s Million Dollar Challenge are now available, and it’s easier than ever to apply. We encourage all our supporters and grassroots skeptical activists to read the news, and challenge your local mediums, dowsers, and homeopaths to apply here! 

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Non-Believers Giving Aid Disaster Relief Fund

The JREF is a proud partner of Non-Believers Giving Aid, a project by the Richard Dawkins Foundation. We urge you to donate today to support disaster relief efforts in Japan.

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