By James Randi Educational Foundation
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"Consequence" is a biweekly podcast from the James Randi Educational Foundation. Each episode, regular people share their personal narratives about the negative impact a belief in pseudoscience, superstition, and the paranormal has had on their lives. From the thrilling to the uplifting, "Consequence" brings you true stories about false things.
||Episode 11: Alien Fear||Richard grew up inundated with pop culture that convinced him not only that extraterrestrials were visiting earth, but that they were also abducting innocent people for strange experiments. But despite the overwhelming fear this believe caused him, he...||5/15/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Therapeutic Touch||Bob Glickman is a registered nurse who's fought against the spread of therapeutic touch in his practice. But what is therapeutic touch, and how does it harm the people who use it? Find out everything you need to know about the practice of TT on this...||4/19/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Consequence - Jehovah's Witnesses||We talk to a former Jehovah's Witness who explains how his family used their faith to justify a life full of potentially dangerous, pseudoscientific beliefs. Some of these beliefs extend far beyond the doctrines of the church.||3/4/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Burzynski Clinic||The Burzynski Clinic in Houston, Texas has been performing experimental cancer treatments in clinical trials for several years now. But many doctors, scientists, and concerned members of the public have tough questions about the clinic. Shouldn't...||1/14/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Eric Weiss vs Roswell||We talk to former UFO enthusiast Eric Weiss about his ill-fated trip to Roswell, New Mexico to investigate the supposed extraterrestrial crash site. We also go in-depth in discussing "Coast to Coast AM with Art Bell", the paranormal-themed late-night...||10/7/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||Tim Farley vs Harm||We spend the whole show chatting with Consequence contributor Tim Farley about the stories behind his website “What’s the Harm”, including stories of people who fell victim to a belief in alternative medicines, feng shui, and even a...||9/25/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||David McCarthy vs Ramtha's School of Enlightenment (Part 2)||Part 2 of our conversation with David McCarthy, a former member of Ramtha's School of Enlightenment. Ramtha is supposedly the spirit of a dead warrior from a prehistoric civilization who is "channeled" by J.Z. Knight. Knight has formed a cottage...||8/21/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||David McCarthy vs Ramtha's School of Enlightenment||Channeler J.Z. Knight claims to be a conduit for the spirit of an ancient warrior named Ramtha. Her followers flock to Washington state to attend Ramtha's School of Enlightenment, where they can receive Ramtha's wisdom and convene with with their...||8/7/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||Consequence - Bonnie vs Christian Science||Bonnie grew up a Christian Scientist. That means that instead of going to a doctor for illness or injury, her family employed the services of a faith healer. Later in life, Bonnie learned that this belief had terrible consequences for one family...||7/24/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||Carrie Poppy vs Energy Healing||We talk to Carrie Poppy. Now co-host of the skeptical investigation show Oh No Ross and Carrie and communications director for the James Randi Educational Foundation, Carrie was once a practicing energy healer who took it upon herself to try and cure...||7/10/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||Consequence - Joshua Hunt vs a Psychic||Joshua Hunt was a struggling young actor in New York City who thought a visit with a local psychic might jumpstart his career. Little did he know he would become the victim of a well-worn psychic scam.||6/25/12||Free||View In iTunes|
What's the harm?
Great beginning of a podcast presenting true stories about the harm that comes from non-rational beliefs and belief-systems, and the people who prey on the credulous.
Can't wait to hear more!
Off to a great start!
Just listened to the first podcast and I can't wait to hear more! The story was fascinating and it shared many bullet points with a similar experience of a con that happened to a friend of mine. Deception and cons are everywhere and will continue to be so. The only way to fight back is to be informed and inform your friends. The more of us out the being vigilant and spreading the word about cons, will make for less dark corners for rats like this psychic to hide in.