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Special Workshop: Divination with Pendulums and Dowsing Rods

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Exciting news! Chicago Skeptics, in conjunction with the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF), is proud to present a special workshop July 31, 1pm at the Black Rock Pub. Please register through the link below. JREF members Free, non-members $45. (Basic membership rate for the JREF is currently $50.)

Divination with Pendulums and Dowsing Rods
Registration:
http://www.randi.org/... (http://www.randi.org/site/index.php/swift-blog/984-register-now-for-jref-workshops-in-louisville-and-chicago.html)

Think dowsing is a thing of the past? The recent scandal over the ADE 651 "bomb detector" used in Iraq that was nothing more than a swirling antenna on a box that sold for $16-$65 thousand dollars, demonstrates how dowsing fakery can still be a big business for hucksters and con artists. (http://www.nytimes.co... (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/04/world/middleeast/04sensors.html))

The workshop Divination with Pendulums and Dowsing Rods is a comprehensive 3-hour, hands-on program covering the history, current application, and construction of divination devices, presented from a skeptical perspective, and featuring the research of James Randi on the topic. The workshop will emphasize how paranormal beliefs like dowsing are not trivial, and have real-world implications. Participants will make both pendulums and dowsing rods, and devise randomized, double-blinded trials to test their effectiveness. All tools, materials, and handouts are included in registration fee. JREF members Free, non-members $45. (Basic membership rate for the JREF is currently $50.)