Since 1997, the JREF’s annual Pigasus Awards have been bestowed on the most deserving charlatans, swindlers, psychics, pseudo-scientists, and faith healers—and on their credulous enablers, too. The awards are named for both the mythical flying horse Pegasus of Greek mythology and the highly improbable flying pig of popular cliche. These are the awards for 2012.
Watch the video here:
Scientist: Daryl Bem (parapsychological research)
Funding: Syracuse University (support of facilitated communication)
Performer: Teresa Caputo, the Long Island Medium
Refusal to Face Reality: James Van Praagh
I do like the idea of calling people out for the public to notice their questionable status in society. Not everyone will agree on the picks or the idea of putting certain people on the spot with a bit of ridicule. Some people, like Van Praagh especially, do deserve the criticism. Just can’t feel sympathy for him.
UPDATE (5-Apr-2012): Researcher Stuart Richie, whose results did not confirm Daryl Bem’s results shared this on Twitter: