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James Randi: I Doubt That!

Posted in Skepdude by Skepdude on September 15, 2008

Join New York City Skeptics as we celebrate our first anniversary with a special lecture by James “The Amazing” Randi.

Date: Friday October 10, 2008
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Caspary Auditorium @ Rockefeller University – 1230 York Avenue (66th St.) New York City (see map below)

Admission is free and open to the public

In recent years, the skeptical movement has emerged and flourished, attracting major academics, authors, and media agencies. At the same time, the media itself has been essentially responsible for promoting what we refer to as the “woo-woo” element – everything from astrology to talking-to-the-dead have been prominently featured in newspapers, books, and on television, to the detriment of the public. This retreat from reality and rationality has brought government, academic, and cultural agencies to recognize the hunger of the public for nonsense, and the fact that ignoring that need can cost them money and acceptance. Even PBS features quacks and charlatans in its fund-raising campaigns. Hospitals and pharmaceutical vendors accept all sorts of pseudoscientific treatments as valid. And no politician dares fail to invoke supernatural forces in closing an appeal for support. This is the situation with which the skeptical movement is faced..

James Randi has an international reputation as a magician and escape artist, but today he is best known as the world’s most tireless investigator and demystifier of paranormal and pseudoscientific claims. He has received numerous awards and recognitions, including a “genius” Fellowship from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

He is the author of numerous books, including The Truth About Uri Geller, The Faith Healers, Flim-Flam!, and An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural. His lectures and television appearances have delighted — and vexed — audiences around the world.

In 1996, the James Randi Educational Foundation was established to further Randi’s work. The Foundation offers a $1,000,000 prize to anyone who can prove, under proper observing conditions, the existence of any paranormal, supernatural, or occult phenomenon. It remains unclaimed.

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