There are a number of popular cynics that condemn life after death and/or mediumship. One of them has a $1 million dollar challenge around it, which has been in place for years.
Personally, I don’t give a hoot about proving anything to anybody, least of all to someone who is cynical to begin with. As far as I’m concerned, they can stand on their soap box and say it’s fakery all day long.
This kind of fight is old, boring stuff to me, and it’s been this way forever. But here’s something new and interesting. There’s actually someone in our corner who is willing to take the cynics on. He is matching them with a $1 million dollar challenge to rebut evidence of life after death.
Victor also wrote an article about the technical reasons that cynics are so stubborn. Not bad. I hadn’t thought of them in quite that way before.
How about that?
By the way, in the text above, the usage of “cynic” is mine, not Victor’s. He uses “close-minded skeptic”. My working definition of the difference between a skeptic and a cynic is that a cynic has a closed mind, so for me at least, the term fits.
Lastly, thanks to the anonymous person who gave me the link to Victor’s site as part of a survey I’m running. Much appreciated 🙂
Cynical skeptics in mediumship are the Grinches of Christmas. I rarely address them in my blog, simply because they are who they are, they believe as they will, and I have no agenda to convince them of anything. But when there’s a perfect opportunity to poke a little fun at a Grinch who had a little change of heart, I can’t resist.
And in my best Dr. Seuss:
The Whos down in Whoville heard the Grinch’s heart grew
But only one size, and it needs another two!
This Grinch takes much longer, that’s what we know
But we won’t be worrying, because deep in the snow
His heart will be softening, like cold butter on warm bread
And he’ll be at the table, putting out the big spread
The Spiritualist Group on Facebook posted an article about James Randi and the $1 million prize. If you’re not familiar, he is a well-known skeptic/cynic (depending on your point of view) who offers a prize for those who can prove psychic phenomena to his satisfaction. According to the post, biologist Dr Rupert Sheldrake has demonstrated psychic abilities of dogs, and the video explains why he doesn’t have the prize.
My view is that it probably has to do with Randi being a magician. Such people are good with smoke and mirrors. I so-detest fakes, liars, cynics, and those who are out to trick you, no matter which side of the “psychic phenomena is real” fence they happen to be on.
There’s nothing better than reading an informative and well written article. Here’s one in the Psychic Times that discusses those who claim to be “objective” when they approach mediumship, but are really nothing of the sort. Those who purport to be genuine skeptics, but have a very defined agenda of their own, whether they admit it or not. Who then turn around and tell us we’re fools.
It’s important to note that in the UK, skeptic is spelled with a “c” – “sceptic”. I don’t know if Mr. Prescott is aware of this, but I think he’ll get a chuckle out of knowing that over here in the US, sceptic is spelled with a “k” – “skeptic”, and when we spell it with a “c”, it’s something very different, as per the diagram below:
- Sceptic System Inspection Overview (click for link)
Here’s the important part from the source article that the image comes from (when you click on it): “Everything that goes down any of the drains in the house (toilets, showers, sinks, laundry machines) travels first to the septic tank.”
Hmm.. perhaps sceptic UK and sceptic US aren’t so different after all 😉