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Think you can move small objects using only the power of your brain? Can you find water using a simple divining rod, or maybe just transmit thoughts telepathically? If you can prove your superpowers, a group of scientists in Germany would love to reward you with €10,000 ($11,700).

 

The Society for the Scientific Investigation of Para-Sciences (GWUP) is a group of German physicists, biologists and psychologists who believe that people who claim to have super-powers like telekinesis, telepathy or divining abilities should not be dismissed as mere charlatans, but actually studied and allowed to prove their abilities in controlled laboratory conditions. Every year, they invite candidates to the University of Würzburg, in Würzburg, Germany, to show off their super-powers and potentially win a cool €10,000 prize. Over 60 people have been tested in recent years, but none of them have been able to claim the coveted prize.

 

“We’re not here to make people look ridiculous,” says Rainer Wolf, a perceptual researcher and the man who oversees the yearly tests at the University of Würzburg. “We just want to show that many such claims are nonsense.”

 

But just because the claims are nonsense doesn’t meant that the people making them are trying to be deceitful. Wolf and his psychologist colleagues in GWUP are convinced that most of the candidates actually believe they have these special abilities that science can’t yet explain. They are trapped in a belief system that they themselves have built over a long period of time and that means a lot to them. They subconsciously forget all the failures and only seem to remember the times that their talents produced amazing results. But when it comes to actual testing, they always fail.

 

Rainer Wolf puts a lot of time and work into these super-power tests, trying to make them as fair as possible and minimize luck as much as possible. For example, last year, one of the candidates that showed up for testing claimed he had mastered telekinesis and could move small objects with the power of his mind. So Wolf had him move a small piece of paper that had previously been covered with a glass lid, so that wind or other air currents couldn’t interfere. The man tried to move the piece of paper for several hours before finally giving up.

 

There was also a so-called “geo-pathologist” who claimed to be able to be able to use a small pickax to detect water sources, pipes and even electrified wires. So Wolf had him identify which of the power cables in a university classroom were actually electrified. After preparing for several hours, he got 26 cables right out of a total of 50, which is pretty much the average any normal person would guess, according to the rules of probability.

 

 

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This reminds me of the $1 million paranormal challenge. It started at $1000 in 1964 and climbed to $1 million by 1996. It was terminated in 2015. Over one thousand people applied. All failed. James Randi's money was always safe.

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If I had the receipts for all the beer I bought and drank all these years, I'd be a shoo-in.  Just because I'm still alive.

 

40 some years ago I briefly demonstrated my superpowers by flying through the air for 8 meters or so from a sitting start.  Unfortunately, the only witnesses were the two kids on the motorbike that I hit broadside and they didn't see me coming.   

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On 9/15/2018 at 4:56 AM, Damrongsak said:

If I had the receipts for all the beer I bought and drank all these years, I'd be a shoo-in.  Just because I'm still alive.

 

40 some years ago I briefly demonstrated my superpowers by flying through the air for 8 meters or so from a sitting start.  Unfortunately, the only witnesses were the two kids on the motorbike that I hit broadside and they didn't see me coming.   

More importantly, did they see you leaving?

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Uncle Tuu should go for this especially with art 44 at his disposal he can't fail, he knows deep down he can't fail at the next election, his all round blanket amnesty is

second to none, the man is literally brimming with power and getting stronger by the day!

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10 hours ago, AlQaholic said:

I keep my super powers secret......

Same here.  And no one is aware of my superior intelligence or stunning wit.  I'd try to conceal my good looks, but the bag gets hot and stuffy.

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