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Day December 15, 2006

David Sklansky’s $50,000 Challenge

David Sklansky is putting money down that he can beat any christian fundamentalist in the math SAT or GRE test. Be sure to read the discussion below his challenge.

This is an open challenge to any American citizen who passes a lie detector test that I will specify in a moment.

We will both take the math SAT or GRE (aptidude test). Your choice. We will both have only half the normally allotted time to lessen the chances of a perfect score. Lower score pays higher score $50,000.

To qualify you must take a reputable polygraph that proclaims you are truthful when you state that:

1. You are at least 95% sure that Jesus Christ came back from the dead.

AND

2. You are at least 95% sure that adults who die with the specific belief that Jesus probably wasn’t ressurected will not go to heaven.

If you pass the polygraph you can bet me on the SAT or GRE. Again this is open to ANY one of the 300 million Americans.

Also, for those who think I am being disengenuous because I would make the offer to anyone at all, you are wrong. I am now so rusty that at least one in 5000 Americans are favored over me and I would pass on a bet with them. That’s 60,000 people. If the number of people who would pass that polygraph is between 10 and 30 million, which I think it is, that means that at least 2000 of these types of Christians are smart enough to be favored over me. Given such Christian’s intelligence is distributed like other American’s are.

But I’m betting fifty grand they are not. Their beliefs make them relatively stupid (or uninterested in learning). Or only relatively stupid people can come to such beliefs. One or the other. That is my contention. And this challenge might help demonstrate that.

(via Unscrewing the Inscrutable)


Update:

Ken Jennings accepts Sklansky’s challenge. And I guess I lied about not doing any posts today.

Happy Friday

I’m still catching up at work from my Vegas trip so it looks like I won’t have time to round up any links today. However, if you have found anything interesting, feel free to share it in the comments section. Things should be getting back to normal around here after I get some sleep.


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