It’s the Friday Puzzle


First, as I mentioned yesterday, we have just released the Night School Sleep music on iTunes.  This 30 minute piece is scientifically designed to help you fall asleep and can be downloaded here. Second, today I am off to New York City to see the premiere of a new documentary about James Randi.  I have […]

I give you……the sun


James Randi and the good folks over at the JREF have posted this very supportive piece about Paranormality – many thanks! Also, if you are into magic, I am interviewed on Magic Newswire this week. @psweetman brought my attention to this great illusion, where the sun appears to glow very brightly and expand…. Does it […]

Stuff and monkey video


Yesterday I went to see the opening of a new animated film called The Illusionist.  It looked beautiful and the plot was soooooooooooooo slow.  Feel free to miss it. On a brighter note, I have teamed up with New Scientist to launch a new experiment testing people’s ability to predict penalties.  It would be nice […]

Patricia Putt Replies


A few weeks ago I teamed up with Chris French and the good folk from Goldsmith’s APRU to test medium Patricia Putt (details here). We were carrying out an initial test for the James Randi 1 million dollar challenge, and Patricia was asked to write down readings for ten women. These ten participants were then […]

Testing a medium: Results


Well, yesterday was quite a day. As many of you may know, the James Randi Educational Foundation has a standing offer of $1 million to anyone who can prove that they have psychic or mediumistic abilities. A few months ago the JREF asked if Chris French (Goldsmith University) and I would carry out an initial […]

Get a mention in the new book and Japanese illusion


Each year the James Randi Educational Forum (JREF) holds a large science and rationality conference in Vegas. They also run a scholarship scheme that provides financial aid to help impoverished students attend the conference. This year the number of applicants for scholarships far outweighs the funds available, and so the JREF Forum set-up a few […]

Speaking stuff


I will be going to the States tomorrow to speak at the CFI World Congress.  They have a great line-up of speakers, including Christopher Hitchens, Elizabeth Loftus, James Randi and Paul Kurtz. Back early next week to talk to the Edinburgh Skeptics Society and to co-present an event at the Edinburgh International Science Festival on […]