Since 1998 the James Randi Educational Foundation has offered a one million dollar prize for anyone who can demonstrate psychic, paranormal, or occult abilities. The offer’s been in effect for about 10 years now, and no one has been able to earn the cash.
Now, while the JREF earns a certain income from having the prize money very conservatively invested, that sum could certainly be used more productively if it were made freely available to us.
As of March 6th, 2010 – twelve years after the challenge was first offered – it will be.
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.
Full Story: James Randi Educational Foundation.
So the time’s running out! Demonstrate your occult powers today.
(Hat tip to Brenden Simpson for the image, which he used for this parody).
February 4, 2008 at 9:13 am
This is essentially a joke.
Neurological studies have shown that the reasoning process in the mind often doesn’t come into play until after the decision making process is over. Reason is used as a means of justification, not as a means to make the decision.
Randi already has it in his head that the “paranormal” doesn’t exist. He’s already decided that any evidence brought to him is either fake or easily explained away. Because of his lack of an open mind (which is required even in science) Randi will never get satisfactory proof… after all, he doesn’t actually want it.
February 5, 2008 at 8:47 pm
Come on, someone must be able to do something. What about Ted Serios? Daniel Dunglas-Home? Nobody exists like them anymore? Can’t someone find some Tibetan monks to take him up on his offer?