In case you don’t already know, Warren Buffett and Quicken Loans are running a contest where you win a billion dollars if you pick all 63 winners in the NCAA basketball tournament. Entries closed a couple of days ago.
The contest was very widely publicized, but that’s irrelevant if you’re a psychic. And even if you aren’t interested in using your powers for personal gain, think of all the good you could do with a billion dollars. You could probably cut infant mortality by 90% in several African countries, for example.
Best of all, there would be no need to reveal that you have any special powers. There were all kinds of automatic bracket fillers on the internet, including at the contest site itself. You could claim that you just filled the winners in at random, except maybe for a couple of teams that you liked because of their names, location, or colors. Nobody could prove you didn’t, especially if you took the precaution of actually running a few of those bracket fillers.
So here is the Randi challenge multiplied by a thousand. You can become one of the greatest forces for good in the world, without jumping through all the hoops that alleged psychics claim makes the Randi challenge not worth it. It only took five minutes to enter the contest, and you could do it from your living room.
And after the early upsets, there probably won’t be a single person who even gets the first round completely right.
Doesn’t this pretty much prove that there are no real psychics?