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Old 9th February 2021, 12:39 PM   #1
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Another million dollar prize for proof of life after dreath.

read://https_www.folkspaper.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.folkspaper.com%2Ftopic%2Fla s-vegas-millionaire-promises-1-million-to-anyone-who-can-provide-evidence-of-afterlife-5713498392756224.html

He is offering one million dollars for anyone proving that life after death is possible. Sound familiar?
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Old 9th February 2021, 02:03 PM   #2
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That's very cool. (I'll read your link, and nose around some more, when I'm back on my computer. Reading from my phone now.)

Pity the JREF MDC got scrapped. Great bang for your buck -- especially since we know that buck will never have to be paid (albeit it will need to be blocked I guess).
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Old 9th February 2021, 04:53 PM   #3
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I'm not convinced there's life before death.
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Old 9th February 2021, 05:54 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by shemp View Post
I'm not convinced there's life before death.
You are literally a (discworld) troll.
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Old 10th February 2021, 10:13 AM   #5
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Shirley one of those "I was dead for 20 minutes!" types can get in sharpish and claim the money? I mean they seem fond enough of shouting about having been dead'n'that.

Go for it mateys!
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Old 10th February 2021, 10:21 AM   #6
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Not really a skeptics prize. He's convinced life after death exists and just wants some proof of it. Sounds like it would be open to abuse by deceitful parties.
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Old 10th February 2021, 11:39 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by wasapi View Post
read://https_www.folkspaper.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.folkspaper.com%2Ftopic%2Fla s-vegas-millionaire-promises-1-million-to-anyone-who-can-provide-evidence-of-afterlife-5713498392756224.html

He is offering one million dollars for anyone proving that life after death is possible. Sound familiar?

Just checked this out. And, actually, seems kind of interesting. Not quite Randi's-MDC interesting, but interesting nevertheless. An old rich man starts wondering seriously if there's compelling evidence for an afterlife, and decides to throw what is to him chump change to see if something comes out of it. What's to lose?

He seems to be looking for real evidence. Their website does say that woo woo faith based scriptural mumbo jumbo won't do. So like I said, what's to lose? If their "competition" generates widespread enough interest, this time and also going forward, and if they publish these essays, well then that's getting this stuff out in the open. Much like the MDC (MDC-lite actually, MDC-very-very-lite, given the nature and format of the test here as opposed to the test in the MDC), the very fact that there will (very likely) emerge no evidence, despite several serious tries (if there are indeed several serious tries), would tend towards evidence of absence, right?

Here's the link to their website, incidentally.



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Not really a skeptics prize. He's convinced life after death exists and just wants some proof of it. Sounds like it would be open to abuse by deceitful parties.

You're right, how they'll do their judging seems opaque. Without that, this doesn't really amount to too much. So, doesn't come close to the MDC, as far as actual skepticism.

That said, does it matter what his own general convictions are, as long as what he's looking for here is evidence? (He says he's doing that, or his website does, looking for actual evidence, but again, given that the judging itself is opaque, I don't know. And on the third hand, if at all there are winners here, then those winning entries will be published, so then we can, if we're interested, read and judge for ourselves, so that in that sense their internal judging process is probably moot in any case.)

Also, I don't see how this might be open to abuse by deceitful parties, as you call it. If that judging process is sound, or hell forget judging if they simply publish the winning essays for us to read, then the more the merrier, right? The freaks as well as the deceitful? We can judge for ourselves after all. So if the judges are indeed gullible and/or if that potential "abuse" is in the form of them being taken in, or in the form of them having to go through fraudulent essay after fraudulent essay, I don't see why that should worry us.



In sum, seems interesting. I've bookmarked their website in my "Check out whenever" folder; in a few months' time, if there are one or more winning essays there, I think I'll give them a glance-through to see what that's about. Provided I do, that is: that bookmark folder of mine's full of tons and tons of stuff.
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Old 10th February 2021, 03:01 PM   #8
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I don't know. I imagine that "officially proving the existence of the afterlife" would look pretty good on a fraudsters résumé.

He's already arrived at his conclusion without any evidence, i.e. the scientific method has been abandoned right out of the gate, and now he's pretty much just hunting his version of Bigfoot.
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Old 11th February 2021, 07:50 AM   #9
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For a million bucks I'll try, as soon as I know what 'dreath' is.
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