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Evil Skeptic

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Posted - 01/27/2007 :  11:50:55  Show Profile  Visit Kil's Homepage  Send Kil an AOL message  Send Kil a Yahoo! Message Send Kil a Private Message
Last night on Larry King.

Enjoy this if you can.

Part one.

Part two.

Part three.

Uncertainty may make you uncomfortable. Certainty makes you ridiculous.

Why not question something for a change?

Genetic Literacy Project

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Posted - 01/27/2007 :  15:40:01   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Starman a Private Message
Originally posted by Kil

Last night on Larry King.
Also with Rosemary Altea.
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SFN Die Hard

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Posted - 01/27/2007 :  16:30:55   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Send Ricky an AOL message Send Ricky a Private Message
I was a bit annoyed that Altea took up most of the time, although unsurprised.

But when she questioned whether the money existed or not, I would have responded with the following from Randi's FAQ:

The contract between the claimant and JREF is binding enough that the JREF must pay the prize if someone wins it. As a savvy applicant, all you need to do is verify that the organization has the funds to cover the prize. Also, if JREF were not able to hold up its end of the bargain, the IRS would investigate and pull the JREF's tax exempt status. It would mean severe penalties for the JREF, and Randi himself would also be personally liable and subject to potential incarceration.

Instead, Randi just said that it was in a bank. He didn't even mention that she could verify this through JREF. A fairly weak response if you ask me, although he was on the spot.

Why continue? Because we must. Because we have the call. Because it is nobler to fight for rationality without winning than to give up in the face of continued defeats. Because whatever true progress humanity makes is through the rationality of the occasional individual and because any one individual we may win for the cause may do more for humanity than a hundred thousand who hug their superstitions to their breast.
- Isaac Asimov
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