Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Among The Truthers, Part 2

"Of course, there already are numerous American intellectuals and organizations dedicated to the cause of fighting political radicalism, including the debunking of conspiracy theories.  These include the James Randi Educational Foundation, an atheistic organization that specializes in refuting claims of paranormal and supernatural phenomena (and which recently has formed an education advisory panel); the Montgomery, Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center and Somerville, Massachusetts-based PublicEye.org, both of which take on right-wing conspiracists as part of their mandate to promote civil rights and fight bigotry; and the Skeptics Society, an Altadena, California-based group that describes itself as a "scientific and educational organization of scholars, scientists, historians, magicians, professors and teachers, and anyone curious about controversial ideas, extraordinary claims, revolutionary ideas, and the promotion of science."  (Thanks to his popular articles, books and speaking tours, Michael Shermer, the Skeptics society executive director, and the editor-in-chief of Skeptic magazine, likely ranks as the most effective debunker of junk science and conspiracy theories in America.)  Also worthy of note is Snopes.com, an amateurish-looking but surprisingly authoritative resource for debunking urban legends; and, for vetting claims made by political candidates, Factcheck.org which is run by the Annenberg Public Policy Center."  (from Among The Truthers by Jonathan Kay, emphasis by The Balf)

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