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James Randi Challenge EXPOSED!

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I had a lot of complaints from many psychics and mediums that the closed-minded skeptic James Randi is using his alleged million dollar challenge to maliciously attack them. In videos on YouTube and elsewhere he is IMPLYING they are dishonest cheats because if they really had psychic skills they would take up his challenge.

For the last 15 years I have been saying publicly that the challenge is set up in such a way that no one would be able to beat it. It is used for propaganda purposes only.

I will present to you some of the evidence about this alleged challenge so you can decide for yourself whether Randi’s challenge is the greatest hoax in paranormal history.

1. HE DOES NOT REPLY TO GENUINE PSYCHICS.

I received a number of emails from mediums, psychics and researchers who say that when they applied for the alleged $1m challenge, JR does not reply to them. Why they ask? The answer is simple: when he investigates the applicants and finds they do have the skills to pass the test, he will NOT reply to the applicant ever again.

Paranormal expert Professor Jan Vandersande told me himself when I saw him last in Las Vegas that this happened when he applied. JR would have found out that Jan Vandersande was a professor, a scientist, a physicist and his medium was able to duplicate the psychic test over time and space each time producing positive results. Prof. Vandersande was very disappointed that JR would not reply to him again. “How does this skeptic get away with it?” he asked.

When Dr. Dick Bierman took up the challenge with an offer to demonstrate tests of precognition Randi wrote back “I will stay in touch as we consider your proposal”. Dr. Bierman says that apart from a few irrelevant emails he never heard anything from him again.

Another example is Chris Robinson from London, England, who took the matter to a television station there. Chris had been successful tested in Arizona by Professor Gary Schwartz. The executives were convinced that Chris Robinson has genuine psychic gifts and they, accordingly, invited JR to participate in a live television demonstration of Chris Robinson’s psychic gifts. They were prepared to pay all the expenses. As soon as JR would have learned that the show has a million viewers – legally, one million eye-witnesses, JR never replied again to Chris Robinson.

2. HE IS ACTING AS A JUDGE IN HIS OWN CAUSE.

Randi has a “preliminary challenge” the outcome of which is decided by himself alone. The evidence shows that in some twenty five years no-one has been able to beat the initial challenge – even though when we have some of the most gifted mediums and psychics producing brilliant psychic evidence in quadruple blind studies at the Windbridge Institute.

3. THE CONDITIONS OF THE TEST SAY THAT THE RESULTS HAVE TO BE “SELF-EVIDENT”

SELF-EVIDENT TO WHOM? To a closed minded skeptic NOTHING will be self-evident. Why? When I told Randi about the objective and repeatable evidence I have on the internet and in my book- his reply was WHAT EVIDENCE? Closed minded skeptics do not have the capacity to perceive the paranormal with true scientific equanimity.

Neurolinguistic Programming- NLP explains it very clearly: NLP says that when a closed minded skeptic, such Randi, receives information which is fundamentally inconsistent with his cherished negative beliefs, Randi’s MIND will DELETE the paranormal evidence.

Psychology also explains it by way of ‘rationalization through cognitive dissonance’ – briefly, it means that the paranormal evidence would give Randi huge anxiety and to offset the anxiety he would start to rationalize in a circular way that the paranormal evidence does not exist.


4. THE CHALLENGE IS AN INSULT TO SCIENTIFIC METHOD

Even arch-skeptic Prof. Ray Hyman admits that the challenge is meaningless by scientific standards which require multiple trials, complex statistical analysis and replication all of which would cost more than a million dollars.

There has to be an agreement IN ADVANCE of the levels of statistical significance required for the results – so that the applicant would be able to show the results did and could NOT come by CHANCE. The refusal to agree what constitutes a win, as already stated, that would be rendered illegal under normal contractual conditions.

5. THE CHALLENGE IS TAINTED BY THE ‘EXPERIMENTER EFFECT’
The ‘experimenter effect’ is a scientific concept which says that a closed minded skeptic experimenter will always obtain negative results in paranormal experiments. Where there is evidence that the test is negatively prejudiced from the beginning it violates every scientific principle.

6. RANDI HAS SOLE CONTROL OF THE VIDEOS AND PUBLICITY
It is a condition of the challenge that the test will be videoed and that Randi will have total control of editing and use of the video. Anyone who knows anything about media knows that a video can be manipulated to do enormous damage to the reputation of a talented challenger. In a normal contract the performance would be videoed to be jointly owned and used in good faith. Further, the tests would have to be witnessed by at least two non-aligned professional specialists in evidence, Scientific Method and the Paranormal.

7. HAS RANDI ANY CREDIBILITY?
He is on record for telling Prof Dennis Rawlings that he “will always have a way out of paying” … that is very serious … Of course, when it has been expressly stated that Randi will breach a fundamental condition of the agreement that would be illegal.
Do you trust a magician when we know it is their job to make you believe there is something when in fact there would be nothing – to make you believe in something which does not exist – that’s called an ILLUSION. That’s what mediums and psychics see – an illusion.

Do I need say more about JR’s greatest hoax in American history?

Victor Zammit

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