posted on Apr, 3 2014 @ 11:45 AM
I don't have a lot of time for the whole 'psychic TV' phenomena that has caught on over the last few decades, and is really an extension of the
fraudulent techniques and motivations practised by (often damaged) hucksters in the Victorian era.
But that doesn't mean that no one has any kind of psychic abilities!
I have a lengthy background in the esoteric traditions of both the east and west, and so have numerous friends who practise astrology, tarot, the Yi
King and more. Just because Russell Grant has a newspaper column and Derek Acora has been on the telly doesn't mean these people are fake!
Out of interest, do you believe that fake 'Dr's John Gray and Gillian McKeith are evidence that no one in the world is a real dr?
presumably you would claim that Dr's skills are verifiable in and of themselves, empirically. But what if the person doing the observing had no
medical knowledge? How could they distinguish between real drs and fake drs? Sure, taken as a whole, medical science practised properly has a great
success rate, but that doesn't always translate into individual practitioners.
For example, what about the psychiatrist presented with a list of seemingly incurable patients who, despite his best intentions and genuine medical
skills, was unable to help them? Where as the charismatic fraud down the road was presented with a run of patients suffering from anxiety related
complaints and the force of his personality exercised a placebo-effect on them, essentially curing them? You can scoff at this, but be assured it does
happen. People aren't stupid, and there is a way that conmen prosper, often in the public eye. Gillian McKeith, to go back to an earlier example,
doesn't even have an A level understanding of biology… but she managed to fool the British public for years, and likely would still be doing so
today if to for the efforts of Ben Goldacre.
On paper, in the example above, the fraud would look good and the genuine dr would look like a huckster.
Randi, of course, has none of the relevant esoteric training to understand what he's looking for. And, he does have an agenda, which is discrediting
the paranormal -- as such, he tends towards the more ridiculous claims that he knows he can debunk.
Add to that the fact that the physical sciences (which Randi and his ilk worship as the fount of knowledge) has no mechanisms or metrics in place to
deal with the paranormal, and how exactly could anyone be able to win his million dollars?
I also find it laughable that people believe those with the powers Randi professes to analyse would choose to take part in these tests. If you had
paranormal powers and wanted a million dollars, would you go on a low budget TV show and jump through hoops for an old man whose only goal in seeing
you was to make you look like a charlatan? Contrary to what many believe, those people with genuine occult and paranormal abilities do not often seek
public recognition for them.