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Russian scientists call out TV clairvoyants


Posted on Sunday, 26 November, 2017 | Comment icon 16 comments

Will anyone claim Russia's Harry Houdini Prize ? Image Credit: sxc.hu
Researchers in Russia are offering a large cash prize to anyone who can demonstrate psychic powers.
Television shows about ghosts, psychic readings and other paranormal subjects are arguably even more popular in Russia than they are in North America, with up to one-fifth of Russians having consulted with a psychic at least once in their lives.

Not everyone, however, is a believer. Like the US, Russia is home to a growing movement of scientists and skeptics who hope to dispel the myths and falsehoods surrounding these phenomena.

Russia's Harry Houdini Prize is one such endeavour - offering a prize of one million roubles ( around $17,000 ) to any psychic who can demonstrate their abilities in a controlled environment.

Organized by scientist Alexander Panchin and skeptic Mikhail Lidin, the cash incentive is designed to "show viewers why they shouldn't believe everything they see on their TV screens."

"These programmes lead to people using faith-healers and fortune-tellers, signing up for worthless or even potentially harmful psychic training courses, and handing over money to swindlers," said Lidin.

Whether any of Russia's TV psychics will actually try to claim the prize however remains to be seen.

Source: BBC News | Comments (16)

Tags: Russia, Paranormal

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #7 Posted by Rolci on 26 November, 2017, 23:16
Hello? It's 2017. Are they trying to tell us that all these decades they haven't been able to figure this out, and now, after all this time, this is what they need for the final verdict? HAHAHAAAAAAAAAA
Comment icon #8 Posted by seeder on 27 November, 2017, 1:36
  Dude?   Freetoroam is a female...
Comment icon #9 Posted by papageorge1 on 27 November, 2017, 2:23
I actually knew that. I like known cliche phrases that roll. dudette?? Just doesn’t roll.
Comment icon #10 Posted by DirtyDocMartens on 27 November, 2017, 2:46
"Dude" is often genderless these days, like "guys".
Comment icon #11 Posted by Chaldon on 27 November, 2017, 10:23
Uh-huh. And "man" as well. O tempora, o mores!
Comment icon #12 Posted by pallidin on 27 November, 2017, 17:21
Me thinks that there are a lot of "con artists" out there. I also think that there is "some" psychic phenomena which is very real. Just my opinion based on the substantiated oddities of the underlying quantum physics of Reality.
Comment icon #13 Posted by FateAmeniableToChange on 27 November, 2017, 18:08
I agree with pallidin, although most of so called psychics, precogs(precognition/precognisists?lol)etc are charlatans or con artists, i believe there is plenty of evidence of unexplained(for now) phenomena, the c.i.a's stargate project amongst others including other major governments own programmes and projects proves it is not a subject you can just simply dismiss as ALL nonsense, even now there are plenty of still classified documents relating to american and uk projects and research on these subjects.
Comment icon #14 Posted by paperdyer on 27 November, 2017, 20:31
Maybe the Russians need to get the author that keeps predicting another stock market crash.  He's only been doing it for the last 3 - 4 years.  He has to be right eventually.  Even Jean Dixon got on right every once in a while.  You throw out enough $h!t against a wall, sooner or later some sticks.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Trihalo42 on 28 November, 2017, 13:13
Declassified CIA documents that can be seen at CIA.gov (the .gov means it's a government website, in case anyone didn't know) show Uri Geller successfully demonstrated remote viewing abilities on multiple occasions, although he did fail occasionally, especially when dealing with a skeptic that he had hostilities towards. The .pdf can be found at https://www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/docs/CIA-RDP96-00791R000100480003-3.pdf
Comment icon #16 Posted by AstralHorus on 28 November, 2017, 19:25
Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't the CIA also have files on UFOS saying if anyone saw unexplained craft (thats most likely American) to label it a UFO To divert attention?  If that' the case how can we believe that document when they most likely where just playing mind games with the Russians durig the cold war.  


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