D.J. Grothe to James Van Praagh in Huffington Post: What Are You Hiding From?
James Randi Educational Foundation challenged celebrity medium James
Van Praagh in August, after his ‘reading’ of an ABC correspondent on an
episode of ABC’s Primetime Nightline
featuring the JREF. The show revealed that every one of the points of
Van Praagh’s reading could have been easily obtained in advance through a
simple internet search.
since then, we’ve put a million dollars on the line and asked Van
Praagh to prove that he can do what he claims without cheating. We’ve
tried to reach him by certified mail, email, and twitter. Reporters have
tried to contact him. So far, he has refused to answer.
Last week, we published this open letter to Mr. Van Praagh on The Huffington Post.
ESP Workshop in Atlanta, Ga. this Saturday
On Saturday, October 22, the James Randi Educational Foundation will present a half-day workshop on ESP in Atlanta, Ga: Does
extrasensory perception (ESP) exist? The answer to this question has
long been pursued by investigators from the military, the intelligence
community, the media, and researchers form both the mainstream and
fringes of science. Participants in this workshop—presented with the
help of Atlanta Skeptics—will have a chance to examine the question
through an in-depth and hands-on exploration of the often mysterious and
always fascinating topic of ESP and the related science.
Register online now!
TAM 2011 Videos Now Online
part of our mission to support the skeptical community with
informative, inspiring content at The Amaz!ng Meetings and throughout
the year, the JREF is making video of many TAM talks and panels
available free of charge at Randi.org. The first two videos from TAM
2011 Las Vegas are available now: JREF Commuications Director Sadie
Crabtree’s talk on Winning Hearts and Minds; and the “Our Future In
Space” panel, with Pamela Gay, Lawrence Krauss, Bill Nye, and Neil
An Interview with the JREF’s Director of Educational Programs
Debunking vs. Educating.
This was the focus of a panel discussion featured at this this year’s
Skeptrack at Dragon*Con. The panel, moderated by JREF President D.J.
Grothe, explored the roles played by these different approaches in the
classroom and the community. Does one method better serve the goals of
skeptical educators and activists? How can we most effectively use both
methods to increase the public’s awareness and understanding of the
skeptical perspective? Sadie Crabtree sat down with the JREF’s Director
of Educational Program, Michael Blanford, to get his ideas and vision
for the JREF’s educational programs.
Read the interview.
Dispatches from Randi’s Tour of Canada
Randi is back in Florida after a whirlwind tour of nine Canadian cities
in nine days. For stories and images from the tour, including a photo
of Randi visiting his childhood home in Toronto, read Field Coordinator
Brian Thompson’s updates from the road:
There's Still Time to Enter to Win an iPad 2 with Flim-Flam!
Until October 31, you can enter to win an iPad 2 with the new ebook version of James
Randi’s classic Flim-Flam! Psychics, ESP, Unicorns, and Other
Delusions. The brand new, factory sealed, black, 16GB, Wifi iPad 2 has
been generously given to the JREF for this drawing by an anonymous donor
in support of our new digital publishing efforts.
The JREF sees digital publishing as an important
tool for advancing its educational mission and bringing the message of
scientific skepticism to new audiences. Watch for other titles to be
released by the JREF, including new digital-only releases and enhanced
versions of some the most important classic and contemporary works of
See all of our new ebooks.
Enter in our free iPad 2 drawing.
- October 22: Half-day ESP Workshop in Atlanta, Ga. with JREF Field Coordinator Brian Thompson.
- October 27-30: Randi speaks at CSICon in New Orleans.
- November 12: Randi speaks at Carl Sagan Day celebration at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Fla.
- November 29: An Evening With James Randi at the World-Famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, Ca.
Top Posts from the Randi.org Blog
JREF In The News
- The Angry Atheist, October 13, 2011 | The Angry Atheist 34 w/ D.J. Grothe
- Think Atheist Radio Show podcast, October 9, 2011 | Episode 29: Mr. James Randi
- Skeptic’s Café | Miller McCune, October 13, 2011 | Critical Thinker Explains Skepticism vs. Cynicism (Interview with D.J. Grothe)
- Dispatches From the Culture Wars | FreeThoughtBlogs, October 14, 2011 | Randi Challenges James Van Praagh
- Huffington Post, October 10, 2011 | D.J. Grothe: What Is James Van Praagh Hiding From?
- Friendly Atheist, October 13, 2011 | JREF Issues a Direct Challenge to James Van Praagh
- Neurophilosophy | The Guardian, October 14, 2011 | Sleights of hand, sleights of mind
- Token Skeptic | Freethought Blogs, Oct. 13, 2011 | JREF’s Sadie Crabtree – Winning Hearts And Minds For Skepticism
- Doubtful Newsblog, October 10, 2011 | JREF’s Open Letter to James Van Praagh goes unanswered
- ErlenDaakre.com, October 9, 2011 | The Amazing Meeting 9 (2011)
- CTV Atlantic, Sept. 30, 2011 | (VIDEO) Steve Murphy Speaks with James Randi
- Guru Magazine (for iPad), October 2011 | You Are Going To Win $1,000,000! (and Issue Two Erratum: A Right Randi mix-up…)
- The Gateway, Sept. 30, 2011 | James Randi Tackles the Paranormal
- Doubtful News | Skeptic, October 6, 2011 | Randi Takes the Challenge Directly To The Paranormal Audience
- Haunted Magazine, Oct. 6, 2011 | A Psychic Fistful of Dollars (Available for purchase online and at UK newsstands)
- News 95.7 Nova Scotia, October 1, 2011 | Maritime Morning with Jordi Morgan: James Randi interview (not available online)
- Gauntlet, Sept. 29, 2011 | Entertainment brief: James Randi at the University of Calgary
- North Manchester FM 106.6 (UK), Sept. 28, 2011 | Julie & Charles Show interview with JREF President D.J. Grothe about Psychic Sally Morgan, the JREF, and the Million Dollar Challenge
- This Morning | iTV1 (UK), Sept. 27, 2011 | Magician Paul Zenon challenges psychic Leigh-Catherine to JREF’s Million Dollar Challenge
- Radio Freethinker | CiTR 101.9FM Vancouver, Sept. 27, 2011 | Episode 134 – Interview with James Randi (Interview begins at 35:10)
- Nelson Star (British Columbia), Sept. 27, 2011 | Support for skeptics starts to gather steam
- CBC Radio Saskatoon, Sept. 26, 2011 | Craig chats with master debunker 'The Amazing Randi' on the eve of his Saskatoon performance
- Nova Scotia Chronicle Herald, Sept. 25, 2011 | Skeptic specializes in debunking psychic frauds
- The Independent, Sept. 25, 2011 | A L Kennedy: The babble of 'psychics' is a dangerous racket
- Open File, Sept. 29, 2011 | Don’t Believe It? Skeptic James Randi in Montreal Tonight
- Digital Journal, Sept. 28, 2011 | Op-Ed: 9/11 Truth – its ‘reliable’ sources and proponents
- Prairie Dog Magazine, Sept. 20, 2011 | Saskatoon Gets More Amazing
- CTV Saskatoon, Sept. 26, 2011 | In-studio interview with James Randi (not available online)
- CBC Radio Saskatoon, Sept. 26, 2011 | Live in-studio interview with James Randi (not available online)
- Skeptics Guide to the Universe, Sept. 24, 2011 | JREF President D.J. Grothe interviewed on SGU-24 (not available online)
- Skeptics Guide to the Universe, Sept. 23, 2011 | JREF Communications Director Sadie Crabtree interviewed on SGU-24 (not available online)
- CJSW Calgary Radio, Sept. 23, 2011 | Interview with James Randi about Lecture Tour of Canada (not available online)
- CTV Vancouver, Sept. 22, 2011 | Interview with James Randi (not available online)
- The Telegraph, Sept. 23, 2011 | Psychic Sally Morgan, once a confidante to Diana, Princess of Wales, is accused of foul play. Are we surprised?
- AM770 Calgary, Sept. 22, 2011 | The Amazing Randi's Greatest Hits
- Science Friday blog | NPR, Sept. 21, 2011 | Look On My Works, ye Parents, and Despair!
- BlogTV, Sept. 18, 2011 | Interview with James Randi for 24-hour Doctors Without Borders fundraiser
- Patriot Ledger, Sept. 17, 2011 | Psychics thrive on South Shore
- Times LIVE (South Africa), Sept. 22, 2011 | Psychic Sally subject to scrutiny
- Credit.com, Sept. 21, 2011 | Scam Everlasting: After 25 Years, Debunked Faith Healer Still Preaching Debt Relief Scam
- The Guardian, Sept. 20, 2011 | Psychic Sally Morgan hears voices from the other side (via a hidden earpiece)
- Pharyngula | FreeThoughtBlogs, Sept. 20, 2011 | The strangely schizoid status of the skeptical community
- Times LIVE blogs (South Africa), Sept. 20, 2011 | JREF and religion – welcome to doubt
- The Morton Report, Sept. 20, 2011 | Psychic Sally Morgan Busted - Why "Medium" Is a Dirty Word
- Metamagician and the Hellfire Club, Sept. 19, 2011 | “Diversity” at TAM: how diverse is diverse?
- Butterflies and Wheels | FreeThoughtBlogs, Sept. 19, 2011 | One of these items doesn’t belong
- The Back Row blog, Sept. 17, 2011 | Last Link of the Day: James Randi's ESP
- SkeptTV, Sept. 14, 2011 | Magic & Skepticism from TAM 7