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Tuesday, June 19th 2012, 11:30am

James Randi- scientific sceptic

The One Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge offering a prize of US$1,000,000 to eligible applicants who can demonstrate evidence of any paranormal, supernatural or occult power or event under test conditions agreed to by both parties.
Please read yourself in google about it. Wonder why swampy has not won the money yet? :laff:

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Tuesday, June 19th 2012, 2:28pm

yes, I know this offer from before...however didls or nithyas will say that it is all guru lila of course :)

ps. don't forget tony's offer too ;)

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Tuesday, June 19th 2012, 6:05pm

Wonder why swampy has not won the money yet?
I have asked the same question here.

I have also, on the old forum, offered this chance at redemption (no money, though).

It is a fact that is often underappreciated, but there is nobody out there who wants for the supernatural to exist more than skeptics and atheists. They would all just love to see that. It would be truly amazing and wonderful if any of this could prove to be true. So these challenges are not just mocking naive believers. Deep down, there is a tiny sliver of hope that someone, one day, will show us and claim the prize.

This is one of the pains of separation from YIDL: now that you are out: how far are you going to go?
  1. Are you going to quit just this one guru, but keep the faith otherwise; or
  2. will you rearrange your entire worldview?

Extremely difficult either way. The first choice is very dangerous (you can get burned again), but the second is potentially nihilistic and depressing. Tread carefully...

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Tuesday, June 19th 2012, 8:02pm

The One Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge offering a prize of US$1,000,000 to eligible applicants who can demonstrate evidence of any paranormal, supernatural or occult power or event under test conditions agreed to by both parties.
Please read yourself in google about it. Wonder why swampy has not won the money yet?
Please note than James Randi is just another charismatic fraud with his own sex and fraud related scandals. The relation between science and spirituality is much more complicated than Randi wants you to believe. If you are interested in this topic, please read something about near death experiences or research on reincarnation by Ian Stevenson. Excellent podcasts and good quality discussion about science and spirituality can be found ar skeptiko.com.

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Tuesday, June 19th 2012, 9:00pm

hmm...
It is true ,that it might be relevant, if the supernatural abilities testing isn't done in a fair and transparent way, but if it is, and I think it is, then it's completely irrelevant what is Randi's background.
Have you heard anyone complaining that he tried to prove his abilities but couldn't because it was not fair and regular testing ?

that's all that counts.
of course, the fact that no supernatural abilities haven't still been proven may be explained as "good wants you to believe without seeing...proofs are never enough for a skeptical mind..." and other kind of bullzhit explanations

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Tuesday, June 19th 2012, 10:43pm

Actually Randi's JREF foundations typically tests one candidate per year. Moreover, it is them who is choosing the candidate and who decides the result. There are several good books debunking Randi and pseudosceptics in general. One excellent book is Randi Prize by Robert McLuhan http://www.amazon.com/RANDIS-PRIZE-scept…rds=randi+prize

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Wednesday, June 20th 2012, 9:59am

if it's true than it is worthless foundation.
however tony's offer is completely valid :)