WHAT EVER YOU DO AVOID RANDI AT ALL COSTS!
I can tell you from personal experience he is a liar and not a skeptic but someone who enjoys getting off on debunking more than intellectual
I wasted a year and a half of my life trying to get tested by the JREF. Constant emails every day EVERY FREAKING DAY...Mostly they seemed to want to
brush me aside because I was not famous... they referred me to another smaller skeptic organization with a similar challenge but a smaller prize.... I
told them I was not interested in this smaller organization with its smaller prize I wanted the whole enchilada.... In response they told me I had to
pass the test with someone first even though the rules of their challenge do not state that.
They gave me a run around and in the end ......
In the end After a year and a half of working to get this together despite all the runaround they gave me I proved my talent in under scientific
circumstances at a function of the smaller group... but this smaller group... a group of JREF devotees would not admit to it...lest they lose their
No instead they denied anything special had happened... we had lunch afterwards and talked about how stupid people who believed in God were...
I KID YOU NOT!
I had lunch with this sub group afterwards because I thought they were gonna do some independent evaluation that would take some time. We had lunch
and all they wanted to talk about was How faith was stupid and how atheists were smart.... (No offense to any of my atheistic friends here)
Their seemed to be some kind of correlation between their skepticism and their discontent with the Idea of God........We talked for a long time.. they
even invited me to join their skeptic club but I declined. I was their for the money not because I enojoyed debunking other peoples ideas.
I never got the money... No Matter what I did these jerks would not admit to seeing anything special. They are liars and intellectual deceivers. I
dont understand why they do what they do... But I do know that when you let those who put the money up be in charge of saying who is paranormal and
who aint... well then... If they don't want to lose their money then this is gonna be a very normal world indeed...
EDIT to add
Only now to I read the whole thread... So mad was I so eager to respond I read the OP and posted away.
After reading Ranswers post
there were people who were rejected without even given the chance to actually prove something...
I would like to say that I AM one of those people.
The alternative skeptic group JREF refereed me to refused to aknowledge that they had any dealings with the JREF. I tried to tell them that the JREF
had refereed me to them on behalf of the JREF but they just said "no no no that cant be but hey, we do have our own 10,000$ skeptic challenge"
After it was all said and done I realized why everyone warned me against trying to prove myself to them....
The JREF will never lose their million dollar challenge.
It is about the money for them too.
[edit on 11-9-2009 by titorite]