JREF announces Pigasus awards (Updated)

2012 Pigasus Awards Announcement.

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.

Source: JREF

Watch the video here:

Winners were:

Scientist: Daryl Bem (parapsychological research)

Funding: Syracuse University (support of facilitated communication)

Television: TLC

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:

COMMENTING ON SOMEONE ELSE'S SITE IS NOT A RIGHT, IT'S A PRIVILEGE. READ AND UNDERSTAND THE COMMENT POLICY BEFORE SUBMITTING. NONSENSE IS NOT PERMITTED.

  2 comments for “JREF announces Pigasus awards (Updated)

  1. Steve Moody
    April 7, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Good Job Randi, Bem and a host of charlatans like him are promoting pseudo-science and ignorance. They need to be opposed and exposed at every opportunity. Thank you!

  2. Scott Parker
    April 18, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    TLC? Why TLC? Did “The History Channel” already get too many and they wanted to let someone else have a chance?

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