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« Reply #15 on: February 08, 2011, 12:08:09 PM »

Perhaps I should add that I too am very grateful for the work he does, and I can't really imagine a world without him.
Now there's a thought...when he dies will he leave his wager in his educational foundation and who will monitor any tests?
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« Reply #16 on: February 08, 2011, 12:10:06 PM »

He is no longer the President of the JREF - that position was filled by D.J. Grothe a while back, but Randi still supervises and develops plans for the $1000000 prize.
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« Reply #17 on: February 09, 2011, 10:04:46 AM »

I have two of his books, Flim Flam and The Faith Healers. I have been a fan of his for many years and his books have had a huge impact on my critical thinking skills. It may encourage him to know he has fans as far away as out little country. You must be mega-chuffed to be meeting the legend himself (I've had email conversations with him, and was always surprised to find him so willing to communicate with ordinary people). Enjoy.
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« Reply #18 on: February 09, 2011, 13:41:27 PM »

http://www.latimes.com/health/boostershots/la-heb-james-randi-homeopathy-20110207,0,1260180.story

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Randi issued a one-million-dollar challenge to the manufacturers of homeopathic products to prove their claims, and challenged major drug retailers like CVS, Rite-Aid, and Walgreens to stop tricking consumers into paying real money for fake medicine.


This raises a number of ideas for conversation!!
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« Reply #19 on: February 10, 2011, 07:07:08 AM »

Ask him whether, if someone won the JREF prize for proving they had some "supernatural" ability which was later shown to be a manifestation of a hitherto undiscovered natural force, they would have to repay the prize money, or if they could keep it to augment their Nobel Prize.
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« Reply #20 on: February 11, 2011, 17:04:38 PM »

Things to ask ...

1. How about organising TAM in South Africa next time around? They can alternate between us and those other creatures down under!
2. Any job openings at the JREF? There's this Deezil dude down in SA who will work for peanuts etc. etc.

Will think of a few more in the meantime ...
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« Reply #21 on: February 11, 2011, 18:43:39 PM »

I think for them to even consider organizing a TAM down here, we need to put together a shortlist of about 800 skeptics who'll be willing to pay a few hundred bucks to attend, plus a venue... I'm doubtful we'll ever have a TAM here but I'm optimistic Smiley
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« Reply #22 on: March 10, 2011, 10:04:45 AM »

I've booked a meeting with The Amazing one for Saturday - get those questions in before then if you want me to present them to him!
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« Reply #23 on: March 10, 2011, 11:23:09 AM »

I think for them to even consider organizing a TAM down here, we need to put together a shortlist of about 800 skeptics who'll be willing to pay a few hundred bucks to attend, plus a venue... I'm doubtful we'll ever have a TAM here but I'm optimistic Smiley

I spoke with DJ Grothe & Randi about this last year, and they were both keen. So I came back and tried to establish who was interested, and didn't get very far - plenty of tweeting & FB'ing eventually resulted in around 65 enthusiasts. Venue no problem to arrange - at least here in Cape Town (and I'm sure university contacts in JHB will help us find something there) - but unfortunately, I share your pessimism. The skeptical community is too small, and too fragmented here.
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