Telepathy, ESP, precognition, metal-bending, giving uncannily accurate readings, blah blah blah… it’s all accomplished by perfectly normal, non-psychic means. My qualifiactions for saying so are:
- I’ve been professionally involved in this area for over 20 years.
- I’ve demonstrated all of the above and more in my stage shows and on TV numerous times (most recently for ABC Primetime last Hallowe’enwhen I duplicated the John Edward ‘hotline to heaven’ schtick)
- I’ve read hundreds and hundreds of books on all this, from every conceivable viewpoint.
It’s all bunk. You don’t have to believe that, and maybe you don’t want to, and I’m not asking anyone to agree with me. But it’s all bunk nonetheless.
Some stuff you might like to know…
If a ‘demonstration’ of psychic ability isn’t given under controlled experimental conditions, then it doesn’t prove anything. It could just be a trick, and I speak as one who knows how all the tricks are done and has demonstrated them lots of times.
Also, you have to factor in that every form of media is a filter. When you watch a TV show about a psychic, you aren’t necessarily getting any hard and fast facts you can rely on. You have no idea what went on behind the scenes to produce that show. You have no idea how the material was shot, what was left out, how the producer and the crew might have ‘helped’ certain sequences along to make them look better. The quest for ratings can lead to all kinds of distortion. Personality comes into it. If a producer is an arednt skeptic, he might go out of his way to make a TV show that rubbishes psychics. Equally, if he’s very pro-psychic, he can go out of his way to ‘fudge’ the show to present the strongest possible ‘evidence’ for psy power. You, the viewer at home, have no idea how selective and biased the material might be. It’s the same with print journalism.
So, what about evidence for psy gained under experimentally controlled conditions? First off, be aware that people have been trying to obtain good, control conditions evidence for psychic power for a long time. It got under way in the 1890s with the formation of the Society for Psychical Research in London (and the SPR is still going well today). Since then, a lot of research has gone on all around the world, and some of it very well-funded too. Guess what? No such evidence has been obtained. Seriously - none. Big fat zero. Most of the experimental research turns up nothing at all. Occasionally, a scientist claims that his research is different and has produced positive evidence for psi, but in every single case the evidence doesn’t hold up when subject to peer review, analysis and other boffins trying to replicate it. So, to reprise with greater accuracy:
It is true to say that there is no scientific evidence for psychic ability which was obtained under controlled, experimental conditions and which, having been subject to independent analysis, peer review and independent replication, is accepted as credible.
Please don’t fall for all the psychc crap you see on TV and in papers. It’s all bogus, and you could end up wasting a lot of time and money if you start paying these fakes to ‘help’ you. They’re just after your money.
Doing some reading around on the net. There are lots of good skeptical sources that will give you the facts behind the fakery. I highly recommend Michael Shermer’s Skeptic Society and their magazine, called ‘Skeptic’ unsuprisingly, which offers a wealth of delightful insight.