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James Randi


Would you like a million dollars? Have you slipped into a vat of radioactive materials lately which has given you the power to phase through walls, shoot lasers out of your elbows, bend the code of the matrix, or turn your blood to liquid nitrogen. No? Well, let's lower our standards then. Do you have an uncanny ability to guess what's on cards you can't see. Can you find water with two overly expensive sticks? Are you able to make people cry by just thinking about it?

Well, then! Has the James Randi Educational Foundation got an opportunity for you!

What exactly is the One million Dollar Paranormal Challenge?

This challenge is an opportunity for anyone with claimed paranormal abilities to put them to the test and, if they pass the preliminary and extended test, win a million dollars. There are only two additional stipulations. First, you must have a media presence, and a few videos on youtube or a local newspaper article seems to suffice. Second, you have to have been preliminarily tested by any of the many skeptical groups approved by the Jref all over the world.

This test is a proper scientific test, backed by statisticians, engineers, magicians, and other various experts to make sure there is zero chance of tampering. All applicants must agree to these methods prior to testing.

Are there any problems?
Let's take a look at a small cross section of applicants.

ADAM BIALECKI : For X-Ray vision which he uses to diagnose patients.
ROSEMARY HUNTER: Paranormal Urination. As in, she can make people pee using her mind.
TAMARA USMAN & BRENT HOWARD: For breast abnormality detection using only their “energy”.
Oh, and this lovely man. forums.randi.org/showthread.ph…

As you can see,  an unfortunate majority of applicants need some legitimate mental care.  The rest are innocent people who truly believe in what they say and will probably go home peaceably if they fail. Because of this, the JREF has had a hard time keeping up, especially since a good number of applications are incomprehensible.

In answer to this, JREF put more stringent standards up and has focused on inviting high profile, self proclaimed paranormalists. What minds are among this illustrious group?

The contestants


Sylvia Browne, Rosemary Altea, Allison DuBois, and John Edwards. Sylvia has accepted the challenge in 2001 but has yet to lift a finger to actually try.

Why is this important?
If you didn't know about this, you need to. This challenge, by its vary existence, throws a shadow on most, if not all paranormal claims. This challenge has been running since 1964 and not a single person has passed even the preliminary testing. Now, with the installation of a new President: D.J. Grothe, they are doing their darndest to make this challenge as well known as possible. That way, there will no longer be an excuse as to why they didn't try.

Well... aside from that “Personal Gain” clause. A lot of psychics in particular say they don't do the challenge because they either would feel bad taking money for their talents or just flat out don't need the money. This, of course, begs the question: What about Haiti? Haiti or many similar groups in need could really use a million dollars right about now. What do you think, Sylvia?



Source: www.randi.org/site/index.php/1…
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:iconmegnavi:
Megnavi Oct 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I am so glad to be a part of this group....
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TickTakashi Aug 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey! i'm new, am i allowed to submit to this group images/blogs that touch onto the edges of science fiction?

I dont mean "talking about Star wars", i mean more like theorising "how a lightsaber might work given modern theories on plasma and the use of electromagnetism as a containment method"

Or is that not for this group?
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Stealthflanker Jul 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can RADAR Physics and Electronic Warfare fans like me join ?
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Glistering Jun 23, 2010
I did not know such a fine place existed. I haven't got a lot of properly science related work in my gallery but I hope to change that soon. I'm actually working on a project to do with the origins of art in human behaviour and hope t get some deviations inspired from that when I have the time :)
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Bit-sinna Jun 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi, I've got a poll about evolution that it would be great if I could get as many answers to as possible, as I'm really interested in how people think of this subject, and it has some relevancy for my exam project. The poll can be found here: [link]

You'd have my gratitude if you answer this poll. In any case, thank you for your time. :)
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:iconservantofjesus:
I imagine you have seen me post this elsewhere, and I apologise to those who are watching multiple groups and have read this more than once.

Although this is not a submission (as it concerns a scientific conclusion based on visual observation, comparison, testing and analysis), I thought you'd be very interested to read my journal, called "God's Pharmacy = fascinating food facts!".

On there, it will show you that a lot of natural foods which look like our human body 'counterparts', are specifically good for those parts of the body!

Just a coincidence, or by design?

Please be sure to read it before posting a reply, as I believe it was immediately dismissed without reading it in another group.
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Vylla May 18, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I'm glad you have an opinion on the matter but this group has nothing to do with that. We have made a very very specific point to say religion has nothing to do with the group.

I personally find your assumption fairly discriminatory and would appreciate if you are going to make further comments to anyone in this group and anyone in it, that you need to make an effort to first read what the group is about.
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:iconservantofjesus:
Fair enough; I will try to pay more attention next time. However I would appreciate to be able to respond to what has already been commented about it on here [which I had already gone and done tbh ^^;]
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object000 May 5, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Maybe you could explain something to me, whish has been bugging me about ID- If EVERYTHING was designed, and all by the same god, how come the examples people use stand out so much. Surely the 'designed' quality should be evident in everything equally?
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:iconservantofjesus:
I'd just like to point out that the Intelligent Design Theorists do not believe in the same things Christians do.

Although we both believe that the Earth was designed, the Intelligent Design Theorists don't presume to identify the source of intelligence (whether it be God or UFOs or something else), and the vast majority of them are theists [but not all of them] - whereas Christians believe it was created by the God of the Bible.

The Design theorists begin with the natural realm and reach the conclusion that life on Earth was designed by an intelligent agent (whoever that might be).

But the problem is - as we know - there is ample evidence for what appears to be "bad design" which is hard to ignore; but as a Christian the answer's obvious: In our world-view, the Earth was created perfect (and what we consider 'good for us' today is no way near as healthy as it used to be), but it became corrupted because of sin (which led to), death, decay, bad mutations, changing environment, corruption and disease [among other things].

So what was once perfectly designed is now corrupted, and we see a pale reflection of the world that it once was.
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