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Can James Van Praagh Talk With Dead People?

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James Van Praagh has made himself rich by claiming he talks to the dead on daytime TV and at pricey ticketed seances—but he wouldn't talk at all when 'the dead' actually turned up at his $100-a-head seminar to ask why he won't prove his psychic powers.

The James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF) brought a small horde of costumed 'zombies,' carrying signs reading "Van Praaaaaaagh" and "talk to us, we won't bite." The zombies shambled up to the building where Van Praagh's "Spirit Circle" was set to begin, and asked to speak with him. Led by JREF President D.J. Grothe, the groups asks why Van Praagh is dodging questions about whether he'll accept the Foundation's million-dollar challenge to prove his claimed abilities. Apparently, Van Praagh won't even talk to dead people about the JREF's challenge.

More information on this action can be found at http://www.huffingtonpost.c... and http://skepchick.org/2011/1...
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James Van Praagh has made himself rich by claiming he talks to the dead on daytime TV and at pricey ticketed seances—but he wouldn't talk at all when 'the dead' actually turned up at his $100-a-head seminar to ask why he won't prove his psychic powers.

The James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF) brought a small horde of costumed 'zombies,' carrying signs reading "Van Praaaaaaagh" and "talk to us, we won't bite." The zombies shambled up to the building where Van Praagh's "Spirit Circle" was set to begin, and asked to speak with him. Led by JREF President D.J. Grothe, the groups asks why Van Praagh is dodging questions about whether he'll accept the Foundation's million-dollar challenge to prove his claimed abilities. Apparently, Van Praagh won't even talk to dead people about the JREF's challenge.

More information on this action can be found at http://www.huffingtonpost.c... and http://skepchick.org/2011/1... Show less

How To Think About Dubious Claims [10 Lecture Course] Play

Smart people can act stupidly by failing to apply their intelligence wisely. This course draws lessons from scientist smart people who went astray. This course provides a framework to help you avoid their mistakes.

Ray Hyman is a professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Oregon. Hyman's published research has been in such areas as pattern recognition, perception, problem solving, creativity, and related areas of cognition. He has written and published extensively on the psychology of deception and critiques of paranormal and other fringe claims.

The James Randi Education Foundation promotes critical thinking by reaching out to the public and media with reliable information about paranormal and supernatural ideas so widespread in our society today. Through scholarships, workshops, and innovative resources for educators, the JREF works to inspire the investigative spirit in a new generation of critical thinkers. Learn more at http://www.randi.org.

A companion course guide can be downloaded here: http://jref.swmirror.com/20730

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Selected videos from The Amaz!ng Meeting 2011 (http://www.amazingmeeting.com/TAM2011/), which had a space science and skepticism theme, informally titled "TAM 9 From Outer Space!"
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