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Leo Igwe interview transcript

Jake: Today I have a very special guest, someone who is going to join me to talk about the problem of child witches in Africa as well as the conflation of religion and superstition in that region. I wanted to ask someone who has had their feet on the ground here, because, you know, I am an isolated blogger and I want to make sure that I am not just saying false information and with this in mind, I invited L ...

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I gotta see this

I love Derren Brown. With James Randi looking weaker by the minute, we need all the charismatic illusionists we can to expose the frauds out there exploiting gullible and vulnerable people. This apparently aired on Easter Weekend, so now I have to see if I can't find myself a copy to watch... ...

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Peter Popoff is at it again

There are few men with the batting record of Peter Popoff. The man seems to have an innate ability to scam people out of their hard-earned money, and does so without breaking a sweat. He's been largely free to bamboozle people out of their hard earned money using the best shield against rationality, responsibility and accountability: religion. He began in the 70's as a faith healer, racking up millions of d ...

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British military comes to its senses, bans useless “bomb detectors”

If you're not a regular visitor to randi.org (that's famous skeptic James Randi's website), you might not know about their fight against dangerous quackery; more specifically, their attempts to expose bogus "bomb detectors" that are nothing more than dowsing devices. The device in question, called the ADE-651, has no electronic components to speak of and has a rather unimpressive looking antenna on it. This ...

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Derren Brown is awesome

With the recent news that my hero James Randi is sick with cancer, it's nice to know guys like Derren are around to pick up the slack. He's charismatic, fun, and his experiments are simply "magical". Here he is demonstrating how superstitions are formed, and how human beings often mistake coincidence for meaningful events. This video is required watching for all fans of skepticism! ...

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What to do when you’re a skeptic

I found this link at James Randi's Educational Foundation, and thought a number of you might be interested in this free book entitled What to Do Next. It's for skeptics interested in becoming more active, and it lists just about every skeptical activity you can get involved in. My suggestion to anyone interested in this is to pick a few of the suggestions and try them. What do you have to lose? ...

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Britain gives grant to psychics

Deborah and Paul Rees make their living by scamming people. They probably aren't fully aware of the fraud themselves, convinced that they are helping families by their cheap 'psychic' act. The British government seems to think the practice is kosher, and has awarded a £4,500 grant for them to teach other people how to talk to the dead. I hate to rain on their parade, but if these two clowns really want to p ...

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Faith healing and the manipulation of the desperate

On a normal day in February. Bernadette Soubirous, a 14 year old living in the small town of Lourdes in France, was gathering firewood with her sisters near a small grotto. She became aware of a presence, and claims a lady in a white robe with a golden rose on each foot appeared before her. Her sisters, who were present at the time, did not report seeing anything of the sort. Bernadette would return to the ...

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The baby psychic gets tested

Here's a video of a guy who is convinced he can psychically communicate with babies being tested by James Randi. There are 4 parts to this 'documentary', but I only included the one where they actually put his so-called skills to the test. Otherwise, I found their reporting a little naive. ...

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Ripping people off in the name of God

Many readers on this site may be too young to remember televangelist Peter Popoff. The only reason I know of him is due in no small part to magician and skeptic James Randi. Popoff was a faith healer who achieved fame by making startling predictions about people's ailments during his church services. He was even able to recite their address, as though God had given him a cosmic phone. Obviously skeptical of ...

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