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Fri, Mar. 11th, 2011, 10:48 am
essentialsaltes: Randi $1 Million Paranormal Challenge

Some changes have been announced that more or less revert the rules back to what they were before they changed them the last time (adding the requirement of a media presence AND a note from your mom an academic).

"Before today, applicants for the prize were required to submit press clippings and a letter from an academic to demonstrate the seriousness of their application. Now, applicants will only have to submit one or the other—demonstrating that somewhere, at some point in time, some independent person has taken their claim seriously. Applicants who cannot provide this evidence have a new, third option: submitting a public video that demonstrates their ability."

Just as I enjoyed reading unintelligible application forms for the Challenge, I'm sure I'll enjoy seeing peculiar YouTube videos.

Fri, Mar. 11th, 2011 11:32 pm (UTC)

I watched a challenger go live two years ago at TAM! - it was mostly sad. In part b/c although I knew in my heart she had no super-powers, what a cooler world it would be if she did. And sad b/c I think that she's in the "delusional" group (as in, "all 'psychics' are either liars or delusional") and she was really sure she'd be able to meet the challenge. She was obviously crushed when she didn't.