Go with Australian Skeptics
Australian Skeptics Inc, Box 268, Roseville NSW 2069. Tel (02) 9417 2071
Australian Skeptics Inc, founded in 1980, has branches in all states. It encourages the critical study of paranormal beliefs and claims, publishes a quarterly magazine the Skeptic (one of the largest skeptic magazines in the world), and offers a famous $100,000 prize for proof of paranormal ability. Its patrons are well-known Australians Dick Smith and Phillip Adams. For more than 25 years Australian Skeptics has provided a network of informed sources to which the media can turn for information. Skepticism is a worldwide movement and similar organisations exist in more than 40 countries worldwide.
Specifically: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Slovak Republic, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Taiwan, UK, USA (nationally and in 26 states), Venezuela.
Three skeptic magazines: the Skeptic Australia, published quarterly, circulation 2500, each issue averages up to seventy A4 pages of articles, news, letters, and frequent humour, $44 a year including postage, all back issues (over 5000 pages) are available for $55 on a single searchable $55 CD, www.skeptics.com.au, Skeptic USA, published quarterly, circulation 30,000, includes a Junior Skeptic section for children, www.skeptic.com, and Skeptical Inquirer USA, published every two months, mainly for teachers and academics, circulation 40,000, www.csicop.org. All three magazines have an international readership.
Examples of humour from the Skeptic
$100,000 for proof of any paranormal claim
1. Send your state Skeptics a letter saying what you claim to do.
The pre-test will be conducted by your state Skeptics. If you pass this mutually-agreed test then you proceed to another mutually-agreed test conducted by Australian Skeptics to which the news media may be invited as observers. If you are found to be cheating the test will be terminated. But if you pass you will receive $100,000. If you prefer to remain untainted by $100,000 then it will be given to the charity, trust, or persons of your choice. The results whether or not you win will be published in the Skeptic. No other media contact will be made without your agreement.
$20,000 spotter's fee
There's no catch, no hidden agenda. The cash prize includes monies donated by Australian Skeptics patrons Dick Smith and Philip Adams. Their reputations are your guarantee that this is a genuine offer.
Prize remains unclaimed
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