In his final Q&A at the NECSS Conference in NYC today James Randi raised the issue of the relation between CFI and the JREF. He said that while he’d left CFI many years ago because of a disagreement over issues having to do with Uri Geller’s lawsuit (this is old news to anyone who’s been around a bit), nevertheless things had changed in recent years and now the relations between both organizations had become very cordial.
He even raised the possibility that the organizations might eventually merge, which would be VERY big news indeed!
I was subsequently led to believe that this announcement was somewhat premature, that a great deal of work needed to be done, and that if a merger ever occurred, it would not happen soon. But as far as I’m concerned, even Randi’s floating the idea is an amazingly positive development. Merging the two “sister” organizations would combine organizations with great strengths, and be a boon for the skeptical movement worldwide.