Psychic or Skeptic?

Nothing seems to fascinate us more than going to see a psychic. We  sit attentively, whilst someone predicts what’s going to happen in the future and in some cases, pass on messages from loved ones who have passed. But are psychics & clairvoyants etc genuine? Or incredibly skilled at reading our emotions and body language, in order to tell us what we want to hear?

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in 1964 a 1 Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge was offered by the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF) It agreed to pay out one million U.S. dollars to anyone who could demonstrate a supernatural or paranormal ability under agreed-upon scientific testing criteria. Over a thousand people applied to take it, but none were successful. The challenge was terminated in 2015.  James Randi, founder of the James Randi Educational Foundation developed the challenge, during a radio panel discussion when a parapsychologist challenged him to “put his money where his mouth is”

 Despite nobody having passed the challenge, we still have people claiming to be psychic, clairvoyant or spiritual healers dotted around  every corner of our society so what are your views?

Are there actually people who can contact the dead? See into the future? Or predict events before they happen? Or is it all mind games?

 

 

 

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5 thoughts on “Psychic or Skeptic?

  1. These might be qualities one could assign to an enlightened being. But do we truly understand what that is before we experience it for ourselves.
    I am not yet familiar with this test (but I will be soon) but I could imagine it used a very logical approach to the test. Can one use logic to describe or understand that which is not logical?

    QP

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    • Hi there QP I’ve revisited your response and I believe it is possible to use logic to describe something illogical. In relation to psychics, mediums, clairvoyancy & parapsychology etc on the surface they appear completely illogical but after lots of analysis & indeed all kinds of tests (one of which was the challenge set by James Randi) which nobody passed – one might reach the conclusion that such things are possible. We know one case catagorically (the Oracle who directs His Holiness the Dalai Lama & the Tibetan people through life) When you see this man he presents as highly powerful in the fact he’s taken incredibly seriously in his predictions.
      In the Tibetan tradition, the word oracle is used for a spirit which enters those men and women who act as mediums between the natural and the spiritual realms. The mediums are therefore known as kuten, which literally means “the physical basis.”
      The present oracle, Ven. Thupten Ngodup was born in Tibet in 1958 and is a descendent of the famous Tantric Master, Nga-dak Nyang-relwa (1136 – 1204.) He was recognized as the true successor of the previous Nechung Medium, who passed away in 1984 & officially enthroned in 1988 as the Nechung Medium, the Chief State Oracle of Tibet.
      You’ll notice I’ve referred to the oracle as being absolute proof of psychic ability, however it’s only because it relates to my personal belief system and my faith. The Tibetans will have carried out all kinds of tests before confirming the Nechung Oracle as genuine. It’s a very broad topic I think – but at the same time an interesting one.
      Julie

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  2. First, you have a big error in your post about the Challenge. You say “in 1964 a 1 Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge was offered by the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF) ”

    The JREF did not exist in the 1960s, and for many years starting in the 1970s, Randi himself offered a $10,000 prize for the same thing (something other skeptics have also offered).

    However, the main issues are
    1) the Challenge and it’s application and rules, which — even if the testing was carried out properly (and I know from a couple of observers that there were issues there), the rules pretty much gave Randi and JREF all rights to everything coming out of the Challenge. One exceptional psychic/medium I worked with felt that she didn’t need a million dollars that much, given the rights lost.

    2) Say someone won the million dollars. Would it have had an impact on anyone’s belief (on the skeptical/disbelieving side)? Extremely doubtful, especially since the rules would have given Randi/JREF the right to say the psychic found a way to cheat and fool the testers. As a scientific experiment, it would have been a one-off without replication.

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    • Hi Loyd thank you so much for pointing this out. Yes it appears my information re dates was flawed the dates were taken from Wikipedia and you are absolutely right. I think it’s wonderful you have information from someone who actually observed but then again we must also acknowledge its only their perception of what happened. One thing that did strike me, was how the psychic/medium whom you describe as exceptional, felt she didn’t need the million dollars given the rights lost – that’s admirable but a charity may have appreciated it nevertheless.
      Moving to your second point – To answer your question…. No I don’t think it would change the belief of the skeptic to be honest. It doesn’t matter what proof you present to some people about anything, they’ll always find a flaw. That’s what being analytical is all about though isn’t it? I’m not sure myself about the speculation James Randi may have accused the psychic of cheating the test. This we couldn’t say until someone claimed the prize. You may or may not be right but we never found out really. Thank you so much for your response to the post it’s made me think 😊

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