Thursday, August 22, 2013

I Will Pay You to Prove Me Wrong! (Money Not Included)

By Mike Rothschild, via SkeptoidAs Brian discussed in a recent Skeptoid episode, a number of groups in the US and around the world have issued challenges offering to pay the first person who can prove they have paranormal, psychic or supernatural abilities.In the years after he put up the $250,000, Hovind continuously dodged any kind of specifics for how and by whom the proof would be judged. And despite a number of evolutionary biologists rising to meet the challenge with strange concepts like evidence and research, Dr. Dino managed to come up with excuse after excuse why their responses weren’t valid. Finally, in 2006, a higher power intervened in Hovind’s challenge – the IRS, who arrested Hovind on charges of failing to pay over half a million dollars in federal taxes. He’s currently serving a ten year stretch in prison for tax evasion, having used a number of debunked conspiracy-driven arguments to avoid paying up – a tactic familiar to anyone who took his now defunct challenge.Kent Hovind may be out of the picture, but there’s always the “Missing Universe Museum,” a website created by a “Bible-believing Christian” offering a reward of “at least” one million dollars for “proof of evolution.” But judging by the crude layout of the website, which is mostly incoherent nonsense about creationism and long lists of Bible quotes, it’s probably not worth putting together a claim on the money, which almost certainly doesn’t exist. Or at least wasn’t plowed into web design.Then there’s the largesse of flamboyant Turkish creationist Adnan Oktar, a man so committed to his cause that he’s publicly offered ten trillion Turkish lira (or $5,146,950,000,000 as of press time) for a single transitional fossil that demonstrates evolution has ever taken place in any form. Oktar is well known in creation circles for advocating the censorship of websites that disagree with him, the long string of legal claims and lawsuits he’s facing, his anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and his 786 page anti-evolution bookAtlas of Creation. Of course, evolutionary biologists have dismissed his evidence as completely lacking in anything resembling scientific rigor. And with many transitional fossils having been discovered and Oktar not sitting on a fortune the size of Japan’s GDP, it’s a safe bet that his offer is much less about getting to the truth about how humans came to be and much more about publicity.Young Earth creationists aren’t the only ones putting up money for proof of things that either already have been proven or can’t be proven, since they don’t exist. The motives for these offers are all over the map, from publicity to public shaming.Continue reading here

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