The Amazing Randi tells the story of how he was asked to participate in a show about psychics. The crew drove to the Amityville Horror House and started setting up their camera equipment on the front lawn. Randi and the psychic got out of the car and the psychic said something like oh I can feel the evil coming from the house all the way out here. A guy on the porch of the house next door asked what are you doing? They told him they were doing a show on the House and psychics. He said the House is down the street in the next block. So much for psychics.
I've a longstanding interest in the American Civil War in general, and in the Battle of Gettysburg in particular. I've walked the field on a number of occasions, and am familiar with the placement of the monuments, etc. Years ago, and I think this may have been on the History Channel, they took a self-proclaimed psychic (who supposedly knew nothing more of the battle than what she was taught in American History), to Gettysburg and had her give her "impressions" of the battlefield. They started her out at the southeast corner of McPherson's woods, where the rebels managed to dislodge First Corps from its position in an extremely bloody fight.
She did her trance thing, and announced that something crucial to the battle happened on this spot... tragedy struck someone on this spot... someone very important... a general... She was seeing his name as "John"... "John Richards", maybe...
Now the camera was about six feet away from her, so that with the direction she was facing, the cameraman *had* to have been backed up right against the base of a huge, 30 foot tall statue of Major General John Reynolds. The host of the show informed us breathlessly that this was the very spot where Reynolds received his death wound (It isn't, actually - he was shot about 100 feet from there, but this is where they put his statue).
She then went on to give her impression of Reynolds as a man who had an extremely forceful personality, sure of himself sometimes to the point of arrogance. Well, seriously, men who aren't cocksure of themselves seldom, if ever, become major generals, still less corps commanders.
Needless to say, I was unimpressed.
Last edited by Ginger : 03-17-2018 at 10:50 PM.
I'm trying to think of some way a 'psychic' could offer info about some event and it's info which it can reasonably be assumed that no one else knew, but is subsequently verified by a discovery. It's very hard.
It could certainly be done regarding future events such as the results of a sporting event, an election or the stock market as examples. Ask the psychic for his predictions, and put them in a sealed envelope placed in a bank vault.
Yes, if the future events were not amenable to influence by the psychic, then enough correct predictions would certainly raise eyebrows. I think the sealed envelope would be a stumbling block, since sceptics could suggest collusion of some sort with envelopes being switched. It would have to be a prediction made in full view of the public e.g. a TV prediction of an earthquake in two years' time in such and such a place - that sort of thing. Then no one could act to cause the event to happen, and no one could stop the event happening.