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Guru Tries To Kill Man Via Magic On Live TV

samzenpus posted about 4 years ago | from the mind-bullets dept.

Idle 7

Lord Xenu writes "When Pandit Surender Sharma, a famous Indian guru, made a boast about being able to kill people with his mind on live TV, someone actually took him up on the offer and asked him to prove it by killing him. After doing all kinds of things like chanting mantras and waving a knife around for hours, the guru was forced to admit defeat when his victim somehow avoided dying from laughter. It's not subtitled, but you can see the video on YouTube (part 2 | part 3) if you want to see it for yourself."

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Hilarious (3, Insightful)

shadowbearer (554144) | about 4 years ago | (#31590902)

The ironic part is that some people will continue to believe it's possible. They'll call it rigged, or that he couldn't concentrate, or some such bullshit excuse. Just like much of the other crap that's been spewed by modern snake oil salesmen. Including evangelists. If I were an alien contact team on it's way here, and managed to translate that program (and many others) enough to get the gist of what was going on, I would change course and hit up the next system in my contact list. Translating tv/languages is one thing, understanding that most of the inhabitants consider it silly nonsense*, takes a lot more work. Next planetary system, please. We'll return to this one in a couple thousand years and see if they are still around. ;-) * Ok, some of the inhabitants... SB

Re:Hilarious (2, Interesting)

Sigspat (1682152) | about 4 years ago | (#31598864)

Exactly, the empirical proof that such a thing is not possible (the fact that the guy is still alive) is explained away with excuses. This is the same thing going on with homeopathy, faith healing, healing touch, and other such alternative medicines. Still, it makes for great TV!

this thread is dead (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31593056)

have the slashdot gurus put a hex on it?

How to prove that something is impossible. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31599086)

It is not possible to prove that something is not possible, only that the performer of the experiment is unable to duplicate the result. One might extrapolate from this that it is "highly unlikely" for something to happen, but it is still extrapolation.

Re:How to prove that something is impossible. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31599766)

Oh, yeah and don't ask me how to prove that last assertion. ;)

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