Randi changes the rules

The James Randi Education Foundation, famous for it’s million dollar challenge, is changing the rules for the challenge.

The proposed changes are sensible. First of all, they are making applications a bit more exclusive. Under the current rules, any crank can enter. In the vast majority of cases, these cranks would drop out after wasting the a lot of time.

People applying for the challenge will need to already have a media presence. Appearing in a national newspaper or a television chat show would cover this. This rule keeps the lone cranks out of the picture.

The foundation appears to be planning a serious offensive against the frauds and charlatans who make a comfortable if dishonest living. They will issue public challenges to prominent self-proclaimed ‘psychics’. It should be good, I like to see people like Silvia Browne squirm in the spotlight.

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2 Responses to “Randi changes the rules”

  1. Gerrit Says:

    “It should be good, I like to see people like Silvia Browne squirm in the spotlight.” She looks smart enough to me to stay out of the spotlight, unless there’s profit to be made. There are lots of shows on the telly that support these frauds, and not enough shows to educate the masses. That tells something about the media.

  2. Sean Kehoe Says:

    Yep, she’s incredibly good at avoiding the spotlight. She agreed on television to take the Randi challenge but since then, she’s not kept her word. There’s a nice clock on the Randi web site keeping track of the number of days passed since she agreed. It’s been over 5 years since she agreed.

    http://randi.org/sylvia/index.html

    Yep, a quick look at the crap being shown on Discovery Civilisation and all the tacky cable channel confirms that psychics and ghosts get more arses on seats than reality.

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