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Written by Jeff Wagg
The Pigasus Award is the name of an annual tongue-in-cheek honor recognized by noted skeptic James Randi. The awards seek to expose parapsychological frauds that Randi has noted over the previous year. Randi usually makes his announcements of the awards from the previous year on April 1.
The awards are announced via telepathy, winners are allowed to predict their victories, and the Flying Pig trophies are sent via psychokinesis. We send; if they don't receive, that's probably due to their lack of paranormal talent.
And this years winners are! Click READ MORE to see the winners
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Category #1: To the scientist or academic who said or did the silliest thing related to the supernatural, paranormal or occult: Michael Behe, for his new book "The Edge of Evolution: The Search for the Limits of Darwinism." An American biochemist and Intelligent Design promoter, he is professor of biochemistry at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, and a senior fellow of the infamous Discovery Center for Science and Culture, which has nothing to do with discovery nor science, and has only promoted a culture of science-bashing and irrationality. Lehigh University will doubtless rejoice at sharing this honor.
Category #2: To the funding organization that supported the most useless study of a supernatural, paranormal or occult claim. With our present “faith-based” White House, this category is simply so full of contenders, that no decision could be made. We continue to babble about various “Star Wars” scenarios, try to sidetrack important scientific issues, and withdraw funds from legitimate projects that may never again be brought back to public attention. If there is any major contender here for this category, it can be found at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, DC, 20500.
Category #3: To the media outlet that reported as factual the most outrageous supernatural, paranormal or occult claims. To Montel Williams, who stated on a radio interview that he did not believe in psychics, did not believe that Sylvia Browne had any such powers, but continued to support her by featuring her on his show because his sponsors were delighted by the viewership she brought them. In other words, Mr. Williams falls into the “media whore” category.
Category #4: To the "psychic" performer who fooled the greatest number of people using the least talent. Reader Tommy Finke, in Germany, nominated Vincent Raven (www.vincentraven.ch) for the Pigasus Award in this category. Says Tommy,
Raven’s tricks on “The Next Uri Geller” program were all very explainable, and since he says he is married to his raven, he might like to have a flying pig around that could flit about with the bird when he’s not busy talking to dead people.