Reality on his side
A is A--no matter how often you pretend to yourself and others that it's non-A.
Latest example comes from India, where the heroic Sanal Edamaruku, president of Rationalist International, challenged tantrik Pandit Surendra Sharma to prove his claim that he could use “magical powers” to kill anyone. The Times takes up the story:
When a famous tantric guru boasted on television that he could kill another man using only his mystical powers, most viewers either gasped in awe or merely nodded unquestioningly. Sanal Edamaruku’s response was different. ‘Go on then — kill me,’ he said.
And the barmy swami tried to. On live TV.
Millions tuned in as the channel cancelled scheduled programming to continue broadcasting the showdown, which can still be viewed on YouTube.
“First, the master chanted mantras, then he sprinkled water on his intended victim. He brandished a knife, ruffled the sceptic’s hair and pressed his temples. But after several hours of similar antics, Mr Edamaruku was still very much alive — smiling for the cameras and taunting the furious holy man…
“When the guru’s initial efforts failed, he accused Mr Edamaruku of praying to gods to protect him. ‘No, I’m an atheist,’ came the response. The holy man then said he needed to conduct a ritual that could only be done at night, outdoors, and after he had slept with a woman, drunk alcohol and rubbed himself in ash.
“The men agreed to go to an outdoor studio that night — all to no avail. At midnight, the anchor declared the contest over. Reason had prevailed…
“‘He was over, finished, completely destroyed!’ Mr Edamaruku chuckles triumphantly as he concludes the tale in the Rationalist Centre, his second-floor office in the town of Noida, just outside Delhi.
Nonsense is nonsense. As you can show when you have reality on your side.