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D.J. Grothe
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D.J. Grothe serves on the Board of Directors for the Institute for Science and Human Values, and has lectured widely on topics at the intersection of education, science and belief at universities such as Stanford, Harvard, Yale, UCLA, UC Berkeley, and dozens of others. Formerly President and CEO of The James Randi Educational Foundation, and Vice President at the Center for Inquiry before that, he was also once a professional magician, and has special interests in the psychology of belief and processes of deception and self-deception. He has hosted the radio show and podcast For Good Reason, prior to which he hosted over 200 episodes of the celebrated interview program Point of Inquiry, which he and his partner Thomas Donnelly created in 2005. He's also an associate editor of Skeptical Inquirer magazine, and edited the book On the Beauty of Science, about the life and work of mathematician and Nobel Laureate Herbert Hauptmann.

Entries by D.J. Grothe

An Open Letter to Simon Cowell: We Can Help

(22) Comments | Posted September 29, 2012 | 7:08 PM

Dear Mr. Cowell,

I recently learned that you believe your home contains negative energy, and that you invited a "house healer" to banish the foul feelings from your Los Angeles residence. Our organization, the James Randi Educational Foundation, is not only your...

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eBay to Prohibit Selling of Psychic and Other Paranormal Services

(11) Comments | Posted August 17, 2012 | 6:09 PM

I have always been fascinated by weird claims and beliefs, especially those of the psychic, and over the years I've become something of a professional student of such paranormal belief systems, even as a skeptic.

One way we think of the work of skepticism is as a happy marriage...

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Priceline.com: Will You Prove Your Spokesperson Worthy for a Million Dollars?

(29) Comments | Posted August 13, 2012 | 6:06 PM

In my line of work, I hear horror stories every day. Some involve ghosts and goblins or psychics with premonitions, but not in the way you might expect. The James Randi Educational Foundation exists to bring light to claims of the paranormal, and often to the ways people fake paranormal...

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"Psychic" Sally Morgan Sues Critics for £150,000 After Refusing $1 Million to Prove Her Powers

(104) Comments | Posted February 2, 2012 | 6:11 PM

Last week, Sally Morgan -- a performer who bills herself as "Britain's best-loved psychic" -- sued the publisher of the Daily Mail for £150,000 for printing an article suggesting that she and other self-proclaimed psychics might be using trickery rather than mystical powers when they appear to talk...

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An Open Letter to Dr. Phil: Get Real

(24) Comments | Posted January 12, 2012 | 10:50 AM

Dr. Phil,

As a T.V. psychologist, your oft-repeated advice to viewers is "get real." But the content of your Jan. 10 show was anything but. Instead of taking your own advice, you gave an uncritical platform to phony 'psychics' who abuse people's emotions in order to fool them.

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What Is James Van Praagh Hiding From?

(66) Comments | Posted October 10, 2011 | 10:00 AM

The James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing reliable information about paranormal claims, and helping members of the public protect themselves against 'psychic' and pseudo-scientific scams. JREF's founder James Randi is the world-famous conjuror and escape artist who exposed a number of so-called 'psychics' and...

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