Kyle Hill is a proud research fellow of the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF). This is a non-paid academic relationship that involves everything to conducting original research to presenting regional workshops on science and skepticism.
About the Foundation
Our mission is to promote critical thinking by reaching out to the public and media with reliable information about paranormal and supernatural ideas so widespread in our society today.
About the JREF:
The James Randi Educational Foundation was founded in 1996 to help people defend themselves from paranormal and pseudoscientific claims. The JREF offers a still-unclaimed million-dollar reward for anyone who can produce evidence of paranormal abilities under controlled conditions. Through scholarships, workshops, and innovative resources for educators, the JREF works to inspire this investigative spirit in a new generation of critical thinkers.
We need your help to create a world where everyone has access to the tools of science and critical thinking, and charlatans can’t get rich by deceiving people. You can make a difference by becoming a member, taking action with us to stop paranormal and pseudoscientific frauds, or joining us at the Amaz!ng Meeting, the world’s premier gathering of skeptical thinkers.
The JREF seeks to:
- Expose paranormal and pseudoscientific frauds in the media, and hold media organizations accountable for promoting dangerous nonsense
- Provide grants and free teaching modules to educators, to help them inspire an investigative spirit in the next generation of critical thinkers
- Award scholarships that encourage scientific skepticism among students
- Support grassroots skeptics groups with tools to help them organize and promote skepticism and critical thinking
- Digitally publish the important works of skepticism for distribution on the iPad, Kindle and other e-readers
- Organize major conferences and other gatherings that bring the entire skeptical community together
Who is James Randi?
James Randi has an international reputation as a magician and escape artist, but today he is best known as the world’s most tireless investigator and demystifier of paranormal and pseudoscientific claims.
Randi has pursued “psychic” spoonbenders, exposed the dirty tricks of faith healers, investigated homeopathic water “with a memory,” and generally been a thorn in the sides of those who try to pull the wool over the public’s eyes in the name of the supernatural.
He has received numerous awards and recognitions, including a Fellowship from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in 1986.
On October 19, 1993, the PBS-TV “NOVA” program broadcast a one-hour special dealing with Randi’s life work, particularly with his investigations of Uri Geller and various occult and healing claims being made by scientists in Russia.
He 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. His lectures and television appearances have delighted — and vexed — audiences around the world.
What is Our Claim to Fame?
Besides supporting educators and students, hosting local events and workshops, hosting the one of the largest skeptic conferences in the world, and opposing pseudoscience in the media and at the grassroots, the JREF has a tool to directly challenge the paranormal claims of psychics, astrologers, mystics, and other nonsense pushers–The One Million Dollar Challenge.
In 1996, The James Randi Education Foundation was established to further Randi’s work. Randi’s long-standing challenge to psychics now stands as a $1,000,000 prize administered by the Foundation.
The JREF currently has a holding of over 1.2 million dollars sitting in a bank account just waiting to be scooped up. All a challenger has to do is proven that they have paranormal or supernatural power under the rigors of the scientific experiment.
Needless to say, the money has yet to be claimed.
Supporting The Skeptic Community
The JREF is one of the main organizations representing the modern skeptical movement. It is friendly, supportive, and influential. Their newsletter alone reaches over 50,000 people. Include relevant social networks, and this number jumps to nearly 100,000.
As a fellow, Kyle Hill will do his utmost to embody the mission of the JREF and support the advent of science literacy and critical thinking and society.