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The Truth Is Out There – Story of Stephen Braude

A senior reporter at the Chronicle of Higher Education, Scott Carlson, has sent me a link to his article in the latest issue of magazine. The Chronicle of Higher Education is a newspaper that is a source of news,information, and jobs for college and university faculty and administration. The Chronicle is the major news service in the American academic world. More on the magazine on Wikipedia. The article, titled “The Truth Is Out There” starts with the following: The pivotal moment of Stephen E. Braude’s academic career happened when he was in graduate school, on a dull afternoon in Northampton, Mass., in 1969. Or, at least, what follows is what he says happened. Readers — skeptics and believers both — will have to make up their own minds. The article then tells the story of Stephen Braude, how he started to be interested in the paranormal and then his career in the academic world, which turned more difficult as he pressed his parapsychological research. The article also discusses the latest book by Braude, The Gold Leaf Lady and Other Parapsychological Investigations where he summarizes lots of paranormal cases but also trashes many people, both fake psychics and some prominent skeptics, including Paul Kurtz and James Randi. From the article: Randi is described as a “publicity hound” who “weaseled out” of a challenge to explain phenomena produced by Ted Serios,...

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10 most prominent skeptics of the 20th century

The Skeptical Inquirer Magazine (by CSICOP) named Ten Outstanding Skeptics of the Century. The names were selected by a poll done by the Fellows of the CSICOP. The list goes like this: James Randi (no need to introduce) Martin Gardner, author of book “Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science” Carl Sagan Paul Kurtz – the founder of CSICOP and of the magazine Ray Hyman – professor of psychology, “the leading constructive critic of academic parapsychology research”. Philip J. Klass – “The Sherlock Holmes of UFOlogy” Sci-Fi writer Isaac Asimov. Philosopher Bertrand Russell Best known magician Harry Houdini Albert Einstein So, from the list it is obviously seen that the skeptics themselves consider a magician with no real scientific background (James Randi in the top of the list) over the most prominent scientist of the 20th century (Albert Einstein on 10th spot). Now, how can you consider them to be serious skeptics with such a...

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The JREF Million Dollar challenge to be discontinued

James Randi has published that the JREF’s Million Dollar challenge for demonstrating paranormal power will be discontinued on March 6, 2010, 12 years after it was first offered. Randi’s site reports the following: Now, while the JREF earns a certain income from having the prize money very conservatively invested, that sum could certainly be used more productively if it were made freely available to us. As of March 6th, 2010 – twelve years after the challenge was first offered – it will be. The James Randi Educational Foundation Million-Dollar Challenge will be discontinued 24 months from this coming March 6th, and those prize funds will then be available to generally add to our flexibility. This move will free us to do many more projects, which will be announced at that time. This means that all those wishing to be claimants are required to get their applications in before the deadline, properly filled out and notarized as described in the published rules. This means that the foundation has other plans for the money and they don’t want to keep it for the prize. It seems to me, this will have several implications on the skeptics / paranormal proponents debate: the skeptics will tell “well, there’s been JREF’s challenge for 12 years and no one demonstrated paranormal powers for the challenge” and the proponents of paranormal will say that nobody comes...

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Interview with medium Marcel Cairo

Marcel Cairo Today I’m proud to present my interview with medium Marcel Cairo. I’ve known Marcel for several months now through his active involvement in the internet community on the topics of mediumship and skepticism. Marcel also hosted an internet radio show called AfterLifeFM. As a disclaimer I must say that several months ago Marcel performed a short reading for me over the phone. In this reading Marcel had a hard time of establishing a confirmation for the spirit that appeared to him. After we dropped this and focused on the message instead, I found it to be more to the point about what was going on in my life. So, although I wouldn’t consider this reading as overly successful from my point of view, I’ve heard positive testimonials from Alex Tsakiris and Science is a method, not a position blogger, Matthew. Of course, one or even three testimonials can’t substitute for controlled testing, but they do give you a small window into the type of work Marcel does, and so hopefully will this interview.. I hope this interview will give you a better look into Marcel’s character and plans for the future of his shows. Good day, Marcel. I want to concentrate on three things in this interview, if you don’t mind. One is your own mediumship. Second is your radio/podcasts on the internet (AfterlifeFM) and third the...

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Miroslav Magola the Magnetic Man

I came upon the name of Miroslav Magnetic when looking for information about Dr. Alexander Imich, which has (by error, I guess) called me. When I saw what I saw about this man (on his personal pages) I was totally amazed. A rare skill like his, displayed on high quality video. Rare sights indeed. Miroslav Magola, the Magnetic Man, seems to possess strong psychokinetic powers as he can attach to himself quite heavy objects. He can attach them to his hands or to his forehead. Perhaps he can more than that, but that’s what I’ve seen in the videos. Moreover, he can hold this way not only metallic objects but also ceramic or plastic, thus eliminating real magnetic force as the source of his ability. There are lots of videos of him displaying his ability in good quality (see two videos embedded below). Apparently he was also verified by lots of scientists and skeptics, including the Lord of the Skeptics – Mr. James Randi, who did not agree to test his powers scientifically (maybe he was too afraid to lose his $1M. Need more reference on that). On of his websites the following information is written: The abilities of Miroslaw Magola are known to the most hard-line skeptics on both sides of the planet. Mr. James Randi, who has spent a large part of his life and a lot...

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