IF I say I can use this stick to find this thing at a depth of no more than 6 inches, have you build up this test:
Lay 6 or 60 pipes varying distances apart. Some plastic PVC and some galvanized metal water pipe.
Cover & pack the whole course to the same condition.
Blind fold me & only then take me to the test area.
Spin me around until dizzy. Wait until I can walk without falling and aim me down the course. ( have someone give correction info to me if I get too far to one side )
I am preform 100% at getting the metal pipes & no indication of where the plastic pipes are.
Well, maybe I was really lucky or really had sensitive feet that could feel through my shoes.
So you say, “Way cool, lets go get the $1M …”
Off we go, me & my stick. We get there, tell then what I can do. They set up the test with copper pipe & plastic pipe at 1 foot depth and pour 2" of concrete on top.
So I show up blindfolded and you are there to be my witness. I fail. They won’t pay because they will never set the test to comply with what I say I can do. I must do something that they say is proof, not just do what I say I can do.
So I am a fraud or lucky or … ; because I could not pass their test???
I do my test or some variation of it that I think I can do 3-4 more times in various locations.
But I can’t do Rand’s test. This is proof that it is not possible & it is all … ?
If you saw this done or were the person that was my observer, would still say it was impossible?
Is the Rand test a true test of what I can do?
I only claimed one sorta narrow set of conditions that I could do well. Do I have to pass a test that you design that * I never claimed I could do?"*
Now don’t go all walleyed on me here. I am not saying I can do this or saw it done. I am asking that if you saw it, you would still think the ‘witcher’ was a fake & you just could not figure out how he was doing it? Or would believe that he could do what he said he could do?
No, you would not have to come back to the SDMB & post a retraction but would you add to the pile on in threads about this in the future?
I guess what I am asking is that if you saw something like this that no sane peer of yours believed in not any scientific body thought it could be done, would you cave & still claim that what you saw was not real?