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In Which We Try to Accept a Psychic Challenge
2005.12.02 (Fri) 13:21
The gauntlet has been thrown down, and we have accepted the challenge. Now all that remains is to see if the self-proclaimed medium who issued the challenge actually accepts our acceptance. Perhaps a little explanation is in order.
Just yesterday, we received a comment from Safari Tom. Actually, we received two copies of the same comment on two of our posts. It read:
My name is Tom ... I do not belive in Organized religion. I am a scientist by nature and believe in evolution. I am an amateur fossil hunter as well. I had a near death experience 11 yrs ago. Which led to an out of body experience. Im 32 yrs old now and communicate with the other side. I can and do communicate with those that have left this world of existance. I invite you to contact me. I can show you first hand. Mediums are real. We can and do communicate with the other side. We can get info from spirit. I didnt ask for this. It just happend to me. I never gave it a 2nd thought before my accident. but the accident opened it up for me. Ive lost friends do their religious beliefs because of my ability , ive scared a lot of people with it and ive helped people as well. It is indeed truth and part of life. We do live on ... This isnt the end ... But a skeptic will not always look at the evidence , of which there is inumerous amounts..
Immediately, we recognized the message content as belonging to an all-too-commonly-seen category — that of the person who starts with various assertions aiming to show that they are "real scientific and stuff," segueing into an agreement that all those silly beliefs out their are just preposterous, and then followed by a claim that their silly belief is actually, factually real. But buried in the otherwise typical comment was an invitation to have Tom prove his powers to us. To wit:
I can and do communicate with those that have left this world of existance. I invite you to contact me. I can show you first hand.
In our reply, we pointed out the formulaic nature of Tom's comment, and tried to correct some of his logical and factual flaws; but we also happily accepted his invitation, and laid out the parameters by which we could define a test of his claims. Our reply was:
We didn't have long to wait, but the reply wasn't what we expected. Instead of using our Contact Page to send us the details of his claims as we requested, Tom emailed us the following two messages:
Im sorry you feel that way ... It seems as though every rational person that deals with an irrational skeptic is followed by a repeating pattern of which the skeptic knows not what he does is the same exact pattern of the rational person .
You wont believe it ... You cannot be forced ... But mediums and spirit communication is very real. If you could only meet me and see for yourself .. I invite you to visit with me .... If interested , let me know
There is more to life that you and both know ....some are more sensitive to what is out there surrounding us .... its really that simple...
All The Best
All of Gary Schwartz's results are fre for the viewing by anyone . They are published and available to the public.
Have you read the documented blind, double blind and triple blind studies?
If you had you wouldn't be a skeptic anymore, and if you still were, you should probably start your own experiments and find out for yourself.
The truth is out there , some wont open their eyes to ready the pages , no matter how much evidence there is , you refuse to read it .
Oddly, no mention of the details of his supermagical claims — just lots more misguided and incorrect statements. Had he missed our acceptance of his challenge? We also took a moment to visit the link provided in Tom's comments. What we found was extraordinary. Right at the top of the page, we see a picture of Tom in what looks like a church. He is holding up his arm, and in the space between his arm and his head, a reflection of white light can be seen on the glass door in the background. Actually, the picture is about as un-extraordinary as can be, but Tom's claims are pretty wild. Under the picture he says:
I was always a skeptic about "orbs" till the night I asked any spirits to get as close to me as possible after explaining that I wanted to take its picture. Once I reviewed this photo I was in AWE !!
At first we didn't know what he was talking about — seriously, not a clue. Then it slowly dawned on us: he was trying to suggest that the glare on the door in the background — most probably a reflection of the camera's flash — was an "orb" floating near his body. We shit you not — this guy apparently really believes this. See, we told you it was extraordinary.
From here, his page degenerates into EVP samples, complete with instructions on how to record your own EVPs. We noticed the almost-obligatory warning that "you must believe" in order to successfully record EVPs right near the top of his instructions. Why is it that all of these "phenomena" require belief in them in order to function? If we don't believe in gravity, it still pulls our asses to the ground when we trip and fall. Odd, isn't it? We didn't bother to listen to the EVP samples — we've waded through far more than our share of those via our old Rant on the subject. If someone comes across one that's worth spending some time on, please let us know — we're always up for a good laugh (or that ever-elusive proof of the paranormal).
Our most recent reply in this ongoing saga, which we sent to Tom via e-mail, is reprinted below.
So, the clock is ticking. We have readily accepted Safari Tom's challenge, and we intend to follow through with a rigorous but fair test of his claims — that is, if we ever hear from Tom exactly what his claims are.
At the time of this post, it has been just about twenty-four hours since we accepted Safari Tom's invitation to have him prove his powers to us. Will Safari Tom put his spirit medium powers where his mouth is, or will his clock one day rival Sylvia Browne's? Only time will tell.
We'll continue the conversation here, however it may proceed.
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