A Message From The Other Side

11May14

If you say you have an “open mind” to the possibility that some humans have paranormal powers, you actually have a closed mind.

Your mind is closed to the fact that there is a total lack of evidence that such powers exist. If you think that there’s a chance that even one person on earth has this ‘gift’, think about this;

James Randi, a.k.a. The Amazing Randi, magician and author, has for about ten years offered “a one-million-dollar prize to anyone who can show, under proper observing conditions, evidence of any paranormal, supernatural, or occult power.”

In India B. Premanand says he will pay Rs.100,000 “to any person or persons who will demonstrate any psychic, supernatural of paranormal ability of any kind under satisfactory observing conditions.” Prabir Ghosh will pay Rs.20,00,000 to anyone who claims to possess supernatural power of any kind and proves the same without resorting to any trick in the location specified by Prabir Ghosh.”

The Australian Skeptics offer $100,000 (Australian), for the psychic and $20,000 for anyone “who nominates a person who successfully completes the Australian Skeptics Challenge.” If you nominate yourself, and are successful, you get the whole hundred grand.

The Association for Skeptical Inquiry (ASKE), a U.K. skeptic organization, offers £12,000 for proof of psychic powers.

The Independent Investigations Group “offers a $50,000 prize to anyone who can show, under proper observing conditions, evidence of any paranormal, supernatural, or occult power or event.”

The North Texas Skeptics offer $12,000 to any person who can demonstrate any psychic or paranormal power or ability under scientifically valid observing conditions.

The Quebec Skeptics offer $10,000 to any astrologer who can demonstrate her craft according in a formal scientific experiment.

The Tampa Bay Skeptics offer $1,000 to anyone able to demonstrate any paranormal phenomenon under mutually agreed-upon observing conditions.

A group in New Zealand calling itself “Immortality” is offering a prize of $NZ2,000,000 to anyone “who can display an actual paranormal ability, under controlled conditions.” One million goes to the successful applicant and one million to the charity of his or her choice.

Finally, conjurer Chris Angel offered $1,000,000 of his own money to Uri Geller and Jim Callahan if they could psychically determine the contents of an envelope he held in his hand. The offer was in response to Callahan’s claim that his performance of a trick on a TV show called “Phenomenon” was aided by a spirit guide.

No one has ever claimed any of these prizes.

Con artists have been making a living from this scam for a long long time. The con artists I hate the most are the ones who claim to be able to communicate with the dead. These people exploit vulnerable people, people who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Their defences to this kind of con are lower.

The con artists aren’t even that good at it. Why would your dead relative make you guess who they are by only giving the “psychic” the first letter of their name? If it really was a loved one and they wanted you to know they’d made contact, why wouldn’t they make damn sure you know it really is them? Why do they start playing word games with you instead?

I agree with the magician Penn Jillette who said something along the lines of when loved ones leave us, all we have left are loving memories. Those memories are personal and special. These crooks are spoiling those memories and replacing them with what THEY tell you about your loved one.

Have an open mind to what is real and can be proved.

Craic on!

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