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(Some Curmudgeon)   James Randi to end million-dollar paranormal challenge in 2010. The fakers only have to stall for two more years   (randi.org) divider line
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2008-01-04 09:05:19 AM  
Boooooo!

*rattles chains*
 
2008-01-04 09:05:50 AM  
Is he predicting there will be psychics after that and doesn't want to pay out?
 
2008-01-04 09:08:13 AM  
James Randi to end million dollar paranormal challenge in 2010. The fakers fakirs only have to stall for two more years

FTFY

/Pet peeve
 
2008-01-04 09:08:47 AM  
Quantumbunny: Is he predicting there will be psychics after that and doesn't want to pay out?


Nope he just gave up the ghost


*Cha Ching*

Im here all week!
Try the veal.
 
2008-01-04 09:10:24 AM  
Mr. Randi's a good guy. Wish I could meet him.
 
2008-01-04 09:11:12 AM  
Hero!
 
2008-01-04 09:13:50 AM  
He's just hedging his bets against all the crazy stuff that's gonna happen before the end of the world in 2012.
 
2008-01-04 09:16:42 AM  
I stopped reading as soon as I saw the words "God" and "Religious",it hasn't done the world much good lately.
 
2008-01-04 09:17:06 AM  
The real psychics saw this coming and were just waiting it out
 
2008-01-04 09:17:25 AM  
So James Randi wins his own prize by predicting what will happen in the future. That's kind of cool, in a spooky, paranormal kinda way...
 
2008-01-04 09:17:47 AM  
I watch "Medium", Starring T.V.'s Patricia Arquette, so I'm really getting a kick out of these replies!
 
2008-01-04 09:18:05 AM  
Any takers yet? No? Because paranormal powers are most likely flim-flam bulls#!at performed by conmen and conwomen who prey upon the sad, the unfortunate, the hopeless, or the just plain stupid.

James Randi rules.
 
2008-01-04 09:18:21 AM  
Paging Sylvia Brown - please pick up the white courtesy phone. You only have two years left to claim your million bucks.

/snicker
 
2008-01-04 09:21:26 AM  
How in frak has Randi not been given a reality show yet?
 
2008-01-04 09:22:20 AM  
FTFA

The James Randi Educational Foundation Million-Dollar Challenge will be discontinued 24 months from this coming March 6th, and those prize funds will then be available to generally add to our flexibility. This move will free us to do many more projects, which will be announced at that time.

They're not stopping it, they're putting it on hold because everyone who was going to originally apply already has. It will start up again with more money in a couple of years. You would have known that, too, if you RTFA.
 
2008-01-04 09:24:31 AM  
Did anyone read the next story down? Uri Geller's launching a new TV show to find 'The Next Uri Geller' - Like America's Next Top Model, only with hokum 'psychic' tricks instead of ludicrous fashion shoots. I'd love to see that, for all the wrong reasons.
 
2008-01-04 09:25:50 AM  
fireclown: How in frak has Randi not been given a reality show yet?

He was.

Link (new window)

Guest appearance by Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry.
 
2008-01-04 09:26:08 AM  
I am psychic and I saw this coming.

/not really
 
2008-01-04 09:28:31 AM  
SpankyPinkbottom: Paging Sylvia Brown - please pick up the white courtesy phone. You only have two years left to claim your million bucks.

/snicker


Sylvia: You're thinking of an F or a T. Do you have a relative named Frank?
Hotel worker: No. I'm just here to point you towards the courtesy telephone.
Sylvia: Does Frank have a phone?
Hotel worker: I don't know any Frank.
Sylvia: Check with your Parents, dear. And you really should take more zinc.
Hotel worker: You need to call Mr. Randi. The courtesy phone...
Sylvia: It's in the hallway. I know.
Hotel worker: No, it's in the break room with the vending machines.
Sylvia: Well, I OBVIOUSLY need to go THROUGH the hallway to get to the breakroom. Little while plastic phone on the wall, next to the soda machine, right?
Hotel worker: No, it's red and it's on the center table. Look, if you'll just go down the hall...
Sylvia: Is the table made of zinc?
Hotel worker: I'm getting my manager.
 
2008-01-04 09:29:06 AM  
I saw Randi speak live once at a university. he was great, excellent speaker, even handled well the douchbag in the audience who kept loudly demanding to know why if there was no such thing as the paranormal, then why his dead friend kept visiting him.
 
2008-01-04 09:29:23 AM  
I predicted this 10 years ago with the exact date, so I'm getting a kick out of these replies.
 
2008-01-04 09:30:24 AM  
I, for one, am pretty gotdamn tired of atheistic heatherns.
 
2008-01-04 09:31:39 AM  
I'm dead so I'm really getting a kick out of these replies.
 
2008-01-04 09:31:46 AM  
I really don't see what the big deal is.

He could spend the money and still offer it up as a prize to anyone who can genuinely work magic, miracles or demonstrate psychic powers. It is not like he or anyone else thinks that there is any chance of anybody actually winning it.

Skeptics, rational thinkers and professional illusionist know there is no there is no such thing as real magic.

Professional psychics, clairvoyants and faith healers know that they are fake and that they have no chance of tricking Randi.

Delusional true belivers think that it is all just a grand conspiracy by evil skeptics and that the challenge is rigged to fail their heroes.

The only ones who derive some amount of benefit from the existance of this challange are those few poor sobs who have somehow talked themselves into beliving they have supernatiral powers and only realize the truth when they first encounter such things as double blind testing. (Hobbyists dowsers are common in this categors.)

To those who hold up the existance of the challange as proof that no people with provable supernatural powers exist other proofs can be found such as the lack of serial lottery winners among psychic who can predict the future.

I think overall an adequat replacment to quell the rising tide of charlatans that might crop up after 2010 could be simply to start again to enforce all those anti-witchcraft laws still on the books all over the world. "You say you can communciate with the dead? That is the definiton of necromancy, we will have to burn you on a stake now!"
 
2008-01-04 09:32:26 AM  
Good for him. He's getting up there, and his heart isn't what it used to be (but then again, nobodies is..). The poor guys had heart trouble since before around 03'.

Randi is a farking hero. Syvia Brown blows Egyptian winos.

And this is still one of the coolest things I've seen him bust. Fark you, ya fake Kung Fu Village People reject.

(Rick Roll? Never.)
 
2008-01-04 09:33:39 AM  
attention span of a retarded fruit fly: Quantumbunny: Is he predicting there will be psychics after that and doesn't want to pay out?


Nope he just gave up the ghost

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2008-01-04 09:36:06 AM  
fireclown: How in frak has Randi not been given a reality show yet?

People who watch reality shows are too busy trying to avoid their own reality by watching pretend reality on TV.
 
2008-01-04 09:36:48 AM  
SnakeLee: They're not stopping it, they're putting it on hold because everyone who was going to originally apply already has. It will start up again with more money in a couple of years. You would have known that, too, if you RTFA.

Except that neither the part you quoted nor any other part of Randi's piece says anything about bringing it back. Not with more money, not with less money, not at all. It is an ex-prize.
 
2008-01-04 09:36:57 AM  
The world need more James Randis.
 
2008-01-04 09:36:58 AM  
I have never heard of this guy

SOB...I'm so sorryyyyyyyy!!!!!!

/Hangs head in shame
 
WD
2008-01-04 09:37:31 AM  
 
2008-01-04 09:46:19 AM  
Master of the Flying Guillotine: Any takers yet? No? Because paranormal powers are most likely flim-flam bulls#!at performed by conmen and conwomen who prey upon the sad, the unfortunate, the hopeless, or the just plain stupid.

James Randi rules.


QFT
 
2008-01-04 09:48:13 AM  
 
2008-01-04 09:51:22 AM  
For those of you unaware and unfamiliar with His Randiness, allow me a brief synopsis. Mr. Randi used to be "The Amazing Randi", a stage magician. Other magicians of the day began claiming they had magical powers for real, and started bilking honest people out of money to "talk" to their dead relatives, or to find out who they should marry, ect. Randi got twelve shades of pissed off, and basically spends his remaining year waving the BS flag, and waving it hard. Every time a psychic claims they have superhuman powers, they sneak a look around to make sure Mr. Randi isn't lurking nearby.

They FEAR the man.
 
2008-01-04 09:52:01 AM  
Randi is Penn and Teller's hero -- more so than Houdini.
Those guys have a ton of money and assets (unlike many in the world of entertainment, particularly Vegas entertainment, neither of them imbibe in any kind of drug so they still have all their money).
Here's hoping they come out and pledge to honor the Randi bet if some future charlatan wants to make claim to it. There's little doubt they could make that offer in perpetuity without affecting their lives any. I'm glad Randi is going to tap into the money to fund his efforts at ridding the world of this farking crap, but it would be nice to take away any claim from these asshats that they "won" by the withdrawal of the bet.
 
2008-01-04 09:55:15 AM  
Yossarian22: I, for one, am pretty gotdamn tired of atheistic heatherns.

I can't get enough of them.

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2008-01-04 09:56:36 AM  
I'm sure this will just add to my declination towards posting since anyone posting an opinion that isn't blessed by the collective Farkiousness consistently results in small-minded flaming and name-calling...

And in the longest post preface ever I'll add that I do agree that most claimants of advanced "powers" of any sort (paranormal or otherwise) are usually frauds or self-delusional...

HOWEVER- this thread smacks of typical Farker ignorance about the subject they offer their commentary about- and Randi is as big a fraud as ANY self-proclaimed "psychic" ever was (including Geller). The prize cannot be had, although it does exist and has been verified. So all I'll say is how about some of you go look into the rules of this alleged "challenge" (which is a misnomer since it implies someone can actually win), and then submit your findings here with proof of, say, gravity, which abides by those rules.

Randi's challenge is marketing hype and propaganda, pure and simple.

(And lest anyone hallucinate that I've claimed to either be psychic or that ghosts or aliens exist, please disengage your cognitive dissonance long enough to read my post.)
 
2008-01-04 09:57:31 AM  
I have paranormal powers but I won't able to prove it until 2011. Dammit!
 
2008-01-04 09:58:33 AM  
dittybopper: James Randi to end million dollar paranormal challenge in 2010. The fakers fakirs only have to stall for two more years

FTFY

/Pet peeve


Malapropism FTW?

Subby was correct, you are wrong.

/Pet peeve
//Hate the "well, actually..." crowd.
///Oh noez, I've become what I hate!
 
2008-01-04 09:59:00 AM  
WD: Uri Geller Fails on The Tonight Show

Damn that's hilarious, hallmark epic fail.

\as someone pointed out in the video comments, lol at Johnny smoking a cig on tv
 
2008-01-04 09:59:05 AM  
Zeppelininthesky: I am psychic and I saw this coming.

/not really


I predicted you were going to say that.
 
2008-01-04 10:00:20 AM  
DAnthrope: I'm sure this will just add to my declination towards posting since anyone posting an opinion that isn't blessed by the collective Farkiousness consistently results in small-minded flaming and name-calling...

And in the longest post preface ever I'll add that I do agree that most claimants of advanced "powers" of any sort (paranormal or otherwise) are usually frauds or self-delusional...

HOWEVER- this thread smacks of typical Farker ignorance about the subject they offer their commentary about- and Randi is as big a fraud as ANY self-proclaimed "psychic" ever was (including Geller). The prize cannot be had, although it does exist and has been verified. So all I'll say is how about some of you go look into the rules of this alleged "challenge" (which is a misnomer since it implies someone can actually win), and then submit your findings here with proof of, say, gravity, which abides by those rules.

Randi's challenge is marketing hype and propaganda, pure and simple.

(And lest anyone hallucinate that I've claimed to either be psychic or that ghosts or aliens exist, please disengage your cognitive dissonance long enough to read my post.)


Indeed the conditions to win are, in fact, impossible. Know why?

Because all psychic activity is a load of shiat. Randi's no fraud, he just knows he's gonna win.
 
2008-01-04 10:01:35 AM  
TL;DR
 
2008-01-04 10:02:35 AM  
Shvetz: fireclown: How in frak has Randi not been given a reality show yet?

He was.

Link (new window)

Guest appearance by Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry.


Gak. I feel quite the fool. Thanks for the youtub-y goodness.
 
2008-01-04 10:03:56 AM  
Just two years before December 21, 2012 so he doesn't have to pay up during the return of Quetzalcoatl
 
2008-01-04 10:06:08 AM  
that site put some kinda content identified as hostile by my Avira Antivir into my Opera cache
 
2008-01-04 10:06:42 AM  
Randi rules.

I got to meet him years ago when my Society of American Magicians local had him in for a lecture. It was right around the eight of Geller madness, so there was plenty to talk about. Very engaging, funny, and genuinely a nice guy.

He has a podcast called The Amazing Show. Search the iTunes store for it. (I'd link it, but then your browser would launch iTunes.) He talks about his early days, his travels, and has 2 episodes about touring with Alice Cooper! It's free, so it's worth every penny.
 
2008-01-04 10:09:44 AM  
Cpl.D They FEAR the man.

And rightly so. He's exposed so many frauds and conmen that the usual reaction of "psychics" and true believers is steer clear of him as much as possible. And that includes producing every lame excuse under the sun why they couldn't possibly take his challenge and walk away with a cool million dollars for minimal effort.


I would be interested to know what has caused him to withdraw (in 2 years) the prize. It's existence was itself a very effective way of demonstrating to bystanders what a bunch of phonies psychics, clairvoyants, remote viewers and even audiophiles are.

 
2008-01-04 10:11:52 AM  
DAnthrope: I'm sure this will just add to my declination towards posting since anyone posting an opinion that isn't blessed by the collective Farkiousness consistently results in small-minded flaming and name-calling...

I think you're being overly cynical.

HOWEVER- this thread smacks of typical Farker ignorance about the subject they offer their commentary about- and Randi is as big a fraud as ANY self-proclaimed "psychic" ever was (including Geller).

Then again...

So all I'll say is how about some of you go look into the rules of this alleged "challenge" (which is a misnomer since it implies someone can actually win), and then submit your findings here with proof of, say, gravity, which abides by those rules.

You need to design an experiment that can verify the claim? I suppose that's tough for claims on the paranormal, but gravity seems on solid ground.
 
2008-01-04 10:13:26 AM  
DarKrow: DAnthrope: I'm sure this will just add to my declination towards posting since anyone posting an opinion that isn't blessed by the collective Farkiousness consistently results in small-minded flaming and name-calling...

And in the longest post preface ever I'll add that I do agree that most claimants of advanced "powers" of any sort (paranormal or otherwise) are usually frauds or self-delusional...

HOWEVER- this thread smacks of typical Farker ignorance about the subject they offer their commentary about- and Randi is as big a fraud as ANY self-proclaimed "psychic" ever was (including Geller). The prize cannot be had, although it does exist and has been verified. So all I'll say is how about some of you go look into the rules of this alleged "challenge" (which is a misnomer since it implies someone can actually win), and then submit your findings here with proof of, say, gravity, which abides by those rules.

Randi's challenge is marketing hype and propaganda, pure and simple.

(And lest anyone hallucinate that I've claimed to either be psychic or that ghosts or aliens exist, please disengage your cognitive dissonance long enough to read my post.)

Indeed the conditions to win are, in fact, impossible. Know why?

Because all psychic activity is a load of shiat. Randi's no fraud, he just knows he's gonna win.


*sigh*

I'll bite again. Lets say, for the sake of argument, that the ghost of elvis presley really appeared in my office right now and sang "Jailhouse Rock" to me. Lets say I had video and audio recordings, and 3 eye witnesses. I dont win Randi's challenge because its not replicatable under scientific conditions. I probably dont convince one single solitary soul that I'm not a total loon. I might make the Enquirer, if I'm lucky and its a slow day in the world of "JENNIFER GARNER HAS ALIEN BABY"

If something paranormal exists, the reason its "paranormal" is because it can't be adequately explained by science. So to say you have to have scientific proof of the existence of something science is currently incapable of studying is, well, kinda silly.

True believers are true believers, no matter what the cause is. Scientists are supposed to have an open, questioning mind. The man turns me off.

/as skeptical as the next Randiite of most of these crackpots
 
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