It’s not that i don’t believe that there are individuals out there who are gifted with psychic abilities, it’s just that i realize these gifts are so easily exploitable and can be effectively faked.
Take that popular Psychic phone line for instance. If you spend a lot of time watching late night cable, as i do when i am online working on web pages, you will see the infomercial-style program over and over again. They mostly use the same three or four clips which they feel will “prove” how authentic their psychics are. I imagine they choose the clips which they feel cast them in the best light. But if you examine the selections, there are flaws in the logic.
I believe there are two types of flaws: one is the obvious staging of calls and callers, and the other is the gullibility of the callers themselves.
EXAMPLE: A woman is video-taped as she speaks with a psychic who tells her that she will be pregnant within four months. She tells him she and her husband have been trying to get pregnant for a while without success. She calls back and they put her on the air with the same psychic. She tells them that she took a pregnancy test the next day, and it was positive. Then she began to thank the psychic effusively, as if he had something to do with her fertility. This is a flaw in the logic of the caller. Whether the psychic had just made a lucky guess, or was indeed in touch with a higher consciouness, he was in no way responsible for her pregnancy, yet she continued to thank him adding, “You have given me my hopes and dreams back.” With a little thought, it doesn’t take a mensa-member to figure out that if she had just been patient ONE MORE DAY, she would have STILL discovered she was With-Child, and would not have had to pay the $100 or so for that conversation with the psychic.
An example of the staged calls is the time that the hostess called a previous caller, and asked how things worked out. Of course, the caller had a fantastic story that was so smooth, it was obviously scripted. She claims in the call to be surprised by the callback, and yet, does not hesitate, but launches into a rehearsed, neatly capsulated report that sounds more like a segment of Prime Time Live, than a response from some Jane Doe from Iowa, caught off-guard and unprepared.
And of course, each of these examples were followed up by the Hostess saying, “That gave me goosebumps.”
Now understand, I have a friend who is a psychic, and the one person who keeps from from calling the whole thing a lie…i know from personal experience hat she has a real gift, that cannot be debunked. She has worked for several of those psychic services. She left the last job when they began to tell her, essentially, she had to lie and also that she must keep them on the line past their free time, so that they could make their money. To make matters worse, they told her what to tell her clients-regardless of whether or not is was what she saw. In all fairness, the callers give their permission to be charged for the call. And they have free will to hang up at any time. Surprisingly, they don’t usually hang up. My friend told me she has found that callers are primarily looking for someone to talk to, and that’s all. May i suggest finding friends that don’t charge?