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Discussions about the James Randi Educational Foundation and its Million Dollar Challenge.
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Re: $1,000,000 Paranormal Challenge Now Easier Than Ever

10 Sep 2012, 22:35

derrida wrote:Perfect!!
cant wait

i hope to see a parade of whackos..
but it will be awesome if at least one.. can actually prove he has some ability outside of the conventional


I know someone who would ace it under those terms -- but doesn't want to be the centre of a circus. They would not be able to produce 'an academic's reference' (???) or press clippings -- both of which are completely irrelevant to someone possessing an ability -- and wouldn't produce a public video clip (see 'circus' above). Is the absence of circus evidence evidence of absence?

Re: $1,000,000 Paranormal Challenge Now Easier Than Ever

01 Jul 2013, 17:54

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Re: $1,000,000 Paranormal Challenge Now Easier Than Ever

07 Jul 2013, 02:03

Personally I don't see the point of these types of challenges since most sceptics won't be convinced anyways if an applicant passed the challenge. On the other hand I don't see the point of Zammit's challenge either, but even as a nonsceptic I think that Randi's challenge is more fair and winnable. :roll: I'd rather see investigation of the so-called paranormal stay within scientific circles, and away from publicity stunts.

Re: $1,000,000 Paranormal Challenge Now Easier Than Ever

11 Jul 2013, 19:58

Paradox wrote:Personally I don't see the point of these types of challenges since most sceptics won't be convinced anyways if an applicant passed the challenge. On the other hand I don't see the point of Zammit's challenge either, but even as a nonsceptic I think that Randi's challenge is more fair and winnable. :roll: I'd rather see investigation of the so-called paranormal stay within scientific circles, and away from publicity stunts.

Since you think this, then you don't understand skepticism well at all.

Re: $1,000,000 Paranormal Challenge Now Easier Than Ever

11 Jul 2013, 20:52

Paradox wrote:Personally I don't see the point of these types of challenges since most sceptics won't be convinced anyways if an applicant passed the challenge. On the other hand I don't see the point of Zammit's challenge either, but even as a nonsceptic I think that Randi's challenge is more fair and winnable. :roll: I'd rather see investigation of the so-called paranormal stay within scientific circles, and away from publicity stunts.


Well, the primary point of the challenge is as a promotional vehicle for the JREF.

As for whether someone passing the MDC alone should convince skeptics that psi is real - I agree that it shouldn't. What it would do is spawn some pretty interesting research that may do just that.
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