Monthly Archives: March 2009
Youtube is practicing ideological censorship. Yesterday, they suspended the James Randi Educational Foundation’s account. For those of you unfamiliar with the JREF, it is one of the leading skeptical organizations worldwide. James Randi, a former professional magician (“The Amazing Randi”), has authored numerous books exposing the hypocrisy, deceit, and harm of many paranormal practitioners (including, famously, Peter Popoff, the faithhealer). He was a frequent guest on the Johny Carson Lateshow and has appeared many times on Larry King, debunking the likes of Sylvia Browne and James Van Praagh.
For ten years, the JREF has sponsored a $1,000,000 challenge to anyone who can demonstrate unambigously their paranormal abilities under clearly defined, but not excessive, controlled procedures. So far no one has won. And all the famous psychics have refused to try (Sylvia Browne even agreed to do so on Larry King five years ago, but has not followed through).
To me, Youtube’s actions are simply unacceptable, especially given all the wacky stuff they do permit to be seen.
So, I encourage you to check out the JREF yourself and if you are opposed to Youtube’s actions, let them know. The Youtube video below is being circulated virally, and I encourage you to do that too, along with the instructions beneath it that tell you how to let Youtube know you are not pleased!
http://www.google.com/support/youtube…Scroll to the very bottom and click on “new issue”
Select “suspended account” from the options and express your opinion.
Why Scientific Thinking is Good For Everyone, Not Just Scientists – Part 3: What Does Science Say You Should Eat?
- the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), and
- the T. Colin Campbell Foundation — Campbell is the author of the outstanding, The China Study: Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, and Long-Term Health.
Okay here’s something just for fun from Scientific American Mind.
I KNOW THAT NOSE.
LOOK TO THE CENTER OF A FACE FOR FAMILIARITY.
By Kurt Kleiner
When you’re trying to recognize a face, the first thing
you look at is the nose–whether you know it or not. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, showed subjects faces on a computer screen and tracked their eye movements. They found that most people look first just to the left of the nose, then to the center of the nose, then to the eyes. The first look was enough for people to recognize a face more than half the time, the second look increased accuracy, but the tired did not–those two glances at the nose were enough. The researchers speculate that glancing at the center of the face makes it easiest to take in enough information about the whole face to enable recognition.