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Michael Blanford
 Guest: Michael Blanford, Education Director JREF
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Most skeptics are familiar with the James Randi Educational Foundation - a not-for-profit organization founded in 1996 that offers a $1,000,000 prize for testable proof of paranormal ability. This world-renowned skeptical organization promotes critical thinking by reaching out to the public and media with reliable information about paranormal and supernatural claims. But besides the Foundation's famous founder and the Million Dollar Challenge, the JREF is notable for its commitment to education. This week on Skepticality, science educator and grassroots skeptical organizer Michael Blanford discusses his role as Director of Educational Programs for the JREF. Michael describes ongoing and upcoming educational programs — and how skeptics can help.
Show Notes

Date – December 14, 2010 read by Derek
Today's Guest is Michael Blanford, Education Director for the JREF
The James Randi Educational Foundation is celebrating it's second
annual Season of Reason.

Skeptic History Notes
The ruling in Kitzmiller v. Dover on December 20, 2005 did huge damage to
efforts to teach “intelligent design” in schools.
The Rendlesham Forest UFO incident, sometimes called “Britain’s Roswell”
began 30 years ago on December 26, 1980.
Chemist and microbiologist Louis Pasteur was born December 27, 1822.
Isaac Newton was born December 25, 1642.
Some rationalists refer to that day as Newtonmas instead of Christmas
in order to have a science-based holiday to celebrate.
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