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The JREF Million Dollar challenge to be discontinued

<p>James Randi has published that the JREF&#8217;s Million Dollar challenge for demonstrating paranormal power will be discontinued on March 6, 2010, 12 years after it was first offered. Randi&#8217;s site reports the following:</p>


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    <p>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.<br><br>

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.

This means that all those wishing to be claimants are required to get their applications in before the deadline, properly filled out and notarized as described in the published rules.

<p>This means that the foundation has other plans for the money and they don&#8217;t want to keep it for the prize. It seems to me, this will have several implications on the skeptics / paranormal proponents debate: the skeptics will tell &#8220;well, there&#8217;s been JREF&#8217;s challenge for 12 years and no one demonstrated paranormal powers for the challenge&#8221; and the proponents of paranormal will say that nobody comes out now because no money is offered.</p>


<p>Obviously I have my doubts about the challenge&#8217;s good will which I base on an opinion of several people I respect, as I wrote in the article <a href="http://www.mind-energy.net/archives/163-About-the-James-Randi-Million-dollar-challenge.html">About James Randi&#8217;s million dollar challenge</a> but this will obviously be an end of an era.</p>
   

 

 

6 Comments

  1. Million Dollar Challenge Update: It’s not ending!
    Latest JREF News
    Written by Phil Plait
    Wednesday, 29 July 2009 10:00

    We have a fantastic announcement to make:

    The JREF’s famous Million Dollar Challenge will continue!

    Last year, we announced that the MDC would end in March 2010 due to the strains on time and effort of the JREF staff. However, after much discussion, we have decided not to terminate the Challenge. Instead, we are in the process of examining how it can be improved, streamlined, and made more efficient so that we can continue to use it to test claims of the paranormal.

    However, we haven’t made any final decisions about it yet; we’re taking our time and making sure we do this right. When next March comes around we will roll out the new and improved Million Dollar Challenge. So never fear! We will continue to test the claims and examine the evidence, and we will always strive to ensure that reality – as it usually tends to do – wins out.
    Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 July 2009 10:35

  2. FINAL DRAFT FOR WORLD-WIDE CIRCULATION:

    now with EMBEDDED VIDEOS!

    please FWD all your appreciations to randi@randi.org and
    richard.dawkins@oum.ox.ac.uk and myersp@morris.umn.edu

    SEE HOW WE CAUSED THE PRESIDENT OF AMERICAN ATHEISTS, ELLEN JOHNSON,
    TO QUIT HER JOB AND STOPPED RANDI’S MILLION DOLLAR PARANORMAL
    CHALLENGE:

    for randi & dawkins and all the so-called “critical thinkers”

    the ORIGINAL *KING OF TERROR* VIDEO…..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGsOqPDkIZY

    the *MODEL* of mental health:

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=zBEbfiaZTfc

    “Look at the ANGLE OF THE KEY….see that, see that….”

    what an idiot this Randi is…..a REAL CRITICAL THINKER….

    Visit:

    http://nostradamus-usa.netfirms.com

    to see how we stopped the MILLION DOLLAR PARANORMAL challenge…..
    watch carefully the consequences of Randi’s *idea*…..

    For over 40 years James Randi Zwigert (is this even a REAL NAME?) has
    had total control over who and how the testing was conducted, yet
    despite all this he has terminated the challenge.

    The ONLY REASON why the challenge was stopped is because he lost and
    refused to pay.
    Apparently, Randi likes to break the rules when it serves him:

    “14. This prize will continue to be offered until it is awarded. Upon
    the death of James Randi, the administration of the prize will pass
    into other hands, and it is intended that it continue in force. ”

    Great force…..it’s over……

    where is my MILLION DOLLARS, you LITTLE *NO-NAME* FRAUD
    PS: Almost Forgot: Love the IRONY of the *BULLSHIT* sign over Randi’s
    ugly head….

  3. I know why mR.James Randi has published that the JREF’s Million Dollar challenge to be discontinued…
    I mean it,
    anyway I agree him.

  4. Please google

    cfi nostradamus usa

    center for inquiry to see how we stopped the challenge

    • As Michael wants to use the money for all those things, but I have a question that as you said that they have different plans for the money, so isn’t it differing from you both.

  5. I must ask, is this challenge for real?? I will pay my way to this person and show him the real spirit world. I could sure use these funds to feed and house plenty of folks that are currently living under the bridges here in San Antonio, Texas. I can, at will ask spirits to manifest underneath my skin, on my forearms or legs. Better yet on your forearms or legs, see with your own eyes the spirit that lies within yourself. No jokes no tricks. I have been saturated by the Holy Spirit since 8/03/07. Manifest as tatoos or impressions on skin or underneath skin.

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