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James "the Amazing" Randi coming to Portland: Thursday, February 16, 2012, 6:30 PM

From: Sue M.
Sent on: Wednesday, February 15, 2012 12:27 AM
Dear HGP-Meetup members;

The Center for Inquiry-Portland wants to make sure that all our members have seen the announcement of a special event they are hosting for the wider freethought community and the public. Please consider supporting the efforts of our friendly collaborators at CFI... Sue Marie, Organizer, HGP-Meetup:
      James "the Amazing" Randi coming to Portland Thursday, February 16, 2012, 6:30 PM
First Unitarian Church, 1211 SW Main St., Portland, OR
Admission $10
Friends of the Center:
FREE with VIP seating
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM James Randi exposes popularly-accepted fakery by discussing with his audience everything from ESP to dowsing, from academic frauds to faith healers. Randi reveals what really took place in the last three decades in the labs of various prestigious "think tanks" that verified a series of simple magicians tricks as genuine miracles, thus launching a world-wide plague of misinformation, the repercussions of which can still be felt today. This unique and provocative lecture is not only educational but also highly entertaining. It attracts persons of all educational and social backgrounds and provides a rational perspective on the seemingly paranormal and otherwise unexplained happenings in our day-to-day life. Randi began his career as the magician The Amazing Randi, appearing on countless TV shows including The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, in which he appeared 32 times. You can see an appearance by watching "James Randi Debunking Psychic Surgery" on YouTube. And he has been featured occasionally on the TV show Penn & Teller: Bullshit! In 1996, he established the James Randi Education Foundation to further his work. JREF currently offers a prize of $1,000,000 to anyone who can demonstrate evidence of any paranormal, supernatural or occult power. No surprise; it remains unclaimed. Randi is the author of numerous books, including The Truth About Uri Geller, The Faith Healers, Flim-Flam!, and An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural. For tickets click HERE.  

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