Not too long ago, the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF) appeared on ABC’s Primetime Nightline where some famous psychics put their trickery up on display. It was obvious to most what was going on, the psychics knew before the show who they were doing a reading on, and … gasp … came back with information readily available via google, yet when asked to do a reading for others, declined with some excuse.
Now, to put this in context, he was listed by the Watkins Review as one of the 100 most spiritually influential people in the world (yea, I’m also bothered by that meaningless word “spiritually”, but worry not, the review itself does not mean very much, its just a bookshop review). OK, lets try a few more numbers. There is a claim that he had about around 6 million adherents, and his organization, the Sathya Sai Organisation, reports that there are an estimated 1,200 Sathya Sai Baba Centers in 114 countries worldwide. I’ll not quibble about these numbers, not because I think they are right, (I suspect not), but rather … I simply don’t care to quibble about such numbers. The fact that I don’t dispute is that he had quite a following, and apparently that included presidents and prime ministers from India and beyond.
OK, so lets put our skeptical hats on and take a quick tour.
Here are a couple of quick links from around the skeptic blogverse today… Ben Goldacre explains to us in his latest posting on how to read a newspaper … no, not how to read, but rather, how to check the silly claims they often make and check … in other words, how to be skeptical … Read more Snapshots from the web … today
Here are a couple of stories from around the Skeptical Blogsphere today … Over on Butterflies and Wheels, Ophelia Benson has a copy of letter that the Bishop set to St Josephs hospital demanding they they never again perform an abortion to save a life if they wish to keep their catholic Status … what … Read more Notes from The skeptical Blogverse today
News Flash from the JREF …. —————————————————— There’s interesting news about something that just happened in Australia, and needs to happen all over the globe… The makers of the ridiculous plastic “Power Balance” bracelet, which is selling by the millions everywhere, have been forced to publish a comprehensive statement from which we extract: In our … Read more They did it down under