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Skeptics offer UFO passengers $100,000

A skeptical paranormal investigation group offers $100,000 to anyone who can prove that they’ve been aboard a UFO.

The Independent Investigations Group (IIG) is a volunteer organization that is part of the Center for Inquiry in Los Angeles, California, which was founded by James Underdown.

Center for Inquiry executive director James Underdown. (Credit: Sgerbic/Wikimedia Commons)

Center for Inquiry executive director James Underdown. (Credit: Sgerbic/Wikimedia Commons)

He explains to media outlet Times LIVE, “I live in LA, which is crammed with people with New Age ideas – water dousers, psychics, healers, clairvoyants, past-life regressors.” He continues, “It got to the point at which, instead of arguing, I thought: ‘All this stuff is testable by science’. So I started a centre for inquiry.”

The IIG launched its IIG Challenge several years ago. This challenge calls on people who make extraordinary claims about paranormal abilities or experiences to demonstrate his or her evidence for the group of investigators to scientifically observe.

The IIG’s website describes:

If you pass the IIG Challenge, we’ll pay you $100,000 ourselves and release the results publicly, which will raise your profile immensely among those who doubt your claims. The true skeptics will have to take notice!

The person who refers the claimant who wins the IIG $100,000 Challenge will receive $5,000 for introducing us to a winning claimant. Spread the word – even those without special powers can be $5,000 richer.

The IIG website.

The IIG website.

A similar challenge was issued in 2013 by filmmaker James Fox–$100,000 for the best UFO evidence.

Those who feel they can prove they communicate with extraterrestrials or have been aboard an alien spacecraft can apply for the $100,000 challenge on the IIG website.

Although “a lot of people” have attempted to claim the $100,000 prize, nobody has been able to conclusively prove their extraordinary claims.

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6 comments

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    So, short of taking one/several of them to a UFO/EBE encounter, or should an EBE cooperate in a meeting with these “skeptics”, how can/could anyone prove anything? The arrogance and violent nature of the Human species keeps us from advancing to the point of interaction. They could/do care less about our opinions and pronouncements. They truly are in control of our realities relative their existence and till such time they decide to establish a direct and consistent contact, we’re simply “swimmning in a Fish Bowl” thinking we’re the ones who are in control of our reality and future. Things, sincerely are “looking up” (no pun intended) and the vast areas of Russia and the Urals are and will be Hotbeds of activity, along with Mexico and Central/South America. As more pay closer attention to their surroundings, especially the Heavens, much more is to be revealed. Very soon we will see the skeptics chewing their tongues over this and many other paranormal activities, as the veil is slowly evaporating. Few realize, some see and a limited few interact with at least some of the Visitors to our system. I see things nearly daily/nightly, that are not easily explained, I do not recall any direct contact with any being or enity but I do not doubt that at least 10% of my sightings are not Terrestrial, as in ours. Disclosure is coming and I wouldn’t be surprised if it isn’t in some way tied to events in the Middle East, as this is where Humanity or lack thereof, is currently showing the desperate need for Intervention! As history shows, EBE is most aware and interested our Waring nature, Especially our Weapons of Mass Destruction, which is a very real possibility in that region of the world. All in my humble opinion.

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    Vickie C Chisolm

    I and my dog went up on a saucer twice briefly in 2011. From hill south of Fayetteville,Ar. In. 2012 Dec on a sunny morning in december they came back right in front yard above both my vehicles. I had a 60 ft. front porch, I walked through the front screen the door was open, sounded like a machined traain( spelled correctly). Looked underneath it up into the bottom circle of swirling energy and drew and could a detailed drawing. This ship looked differant. My dog had lived 17 i might add,though had died the month before a bubble of somekind popped up on her leg I took her to the vet and he said that we maybe able to operate except her larynx was to small she may choke to death. We were asleep
    at 2am in the morning on the night of Nov 12th as recorded by a emergency veteranarian at 2 am she was asleep on my pillow beside me. Something heavy was in the room I could hardly move I jumped up after I got loose from the wieght noticed something had blown up in her, she was screaming like a baby and crying I was scrambling to get her to a vet to help. I did. I loved her very much, she is pictured on my book Enchanting Times by Victoria Ivy. (the back). All I know they were were entertaining and abidingly accommodating when we went up not scary at all. I just wanted to take aride because the one that had come into my house months before had been friendly and funny I ask him if I could look in his mouth. I was let do this he had accupunture needles for teeth. He was amused too, then left. They walk thru walls too if invited or want to. I think we have been doing this on his and my own. When the other ship came in dec2012 it was not cloaked as far as I could tell from the ground, maybe a higher ranking ship don,t know. It scared me after the nature of my dogs death. The bubble on her leg was sudden one day. I was moved out of there in a 2014 when a bubble appeared on my wrist. I tryed to talk to Fbi here they said to talk to the OIG . I emailed them quiet briefly to see if they were interested this month. No answer. I still have scar on my little wrist where the bubble was.Any interest you have in this, There is more to the story. I have been overwhelmed with it all. I did recently.find on the internet that that same month drom pettigrew to missouri ozarks there were sightings.I did not have internet those last months in that house. Years before I did have a program I had downloaded from Berkley,Cal.’s Setty project on a long gone computer at a place near there. You may contact me at vickiechisolm@ymail.com Only site administrators or investigators. I will be glad to talk there is more i could add. Be glad to set meeting.

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    It’s “dowsers”, not “dousers”. Dowsing is the art of locating groundwater by means such as a forked twig or a pendulum.

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    I read the comment by Vickie and wow I hope she was not serious. People who claim experiences like hers is what brings a bad name to people with real encounters. Actually anyone who claims to have been taken on board a ship destroys the UFO experiencers.

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    No James, this stuff is NOT testable by science. Normal is science – paranormal is, well, para-science; get it?

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    I can prove to you that your body has energy points, that I become magnetic, and that shadow people are real while on meth

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