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NO WAY they are con artists plain and simple 74 77.89%
I doubt it but I do think there is some chance it's for real 14 14.74%
It might be just fraud but I think it's probably for real 3 3.16%
It's DEFINITELY for real they actually talk to the spirits 4 4.21%
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Old 07-24-2008, 02:22 AM   #1
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Do you believe in psychics? anonymous poll

I realize some people get all worked up that believe in this so if it upsets you sorry!


First off I don't believe in psychics at all. I don't think anyone could disprove or prove that I can see little green men for instance but you could for sure prove if what they were telling me was accurate or not.

It seems to me that these psychics on tv get their fair share of airtime even after channeling the spirits of the LIVING and making other blunders that you would think would be career ending...yet they still thrive charging a lot for readings and writing books.

Instead of playing the " I'm thinking of a name starting with the letter J" game all that would be needed is to just do a simple test.

Have 20 people that recently lost a loved one tell their name and where they are from and let the psychic tell you about your lost loved one without playing 50 questions. I bet no psychic could even get the gender right much better than chance...that is why none will ever take a challenge like that.

But with all this said I'm in the MINORITY for sure in my family that does not believe in this! In fact I'm not sure that anyone else out of maybe 30+ people does not believe in it but me.

There is a lot of smart people on here I wanted to see what other thought on if this is for real or not....you know my answer...NO WAY!

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Old 07-24-2008, 07:46 AM   #3
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How can you not believe in physics? That's just stupid. ;-)
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Old 07-24-2008, 08:05 AM   #4
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Well, you did come to the right place to ask the question for the answer that you want. We are a board of skeptics.

Sometimes I do think that people can become convinced of their own con.
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These people are con artists. They prey on people who have lost loved ones and want to believe this nonsense.
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Ha! I thought the thread title was "Do you believe in physics?"! (not everyone does, dontcha know!)

Seriously - NO WAY!

But since when have people stopped believing in a bunch of phony hooey mumbo jumbo supernatural nonsense that violates all concepts of rational thought? People like to believe. In psychics, in the supernatural, in religion. It's comforting in a non-analytical way. Who wouldn't like to think that our earthly existence continues on in some form or another post mortem? And that psychics can communicate with these perma-souls?

Unfortunately our level of desire for some thing to be true doesn't have any bearing on the ultimate truthfulness of that thing.

But be careful condemning something like psychics for milking folks for their money. They provide comfort to folks. To remain intellectually honest, you might find yourself condemning all the world's religions as equally ridiculous.
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Old 07-24-2008, 09:01 AM   #7
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This is going to spark a lively discussion....I can just sense it!
Being the resident board artist and into the supernatural /energy mumbo jumbo....I do beleive in psychics. I have been to a couple of bad ones, but I have also gone to two really good ones who would never have known the details of my life based just on my birthday and my name.
I have always had the philosophy that anything is possible and probable in this vast universe and try to keep a very open mind.
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I'm always bemused when someone has passed, and the remark "they're in heaven now" is delivered, as comfort I suppose. My understanding is that no one will enter heaven until the "end of time"...

Consistancy is the hobgoblin of skeptical minds, or something like that...

"He's dead, Jim"
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This is going to spark a lively discussion....I can just sense it!

You might even say that your rational faculties have led you to infer that, based on observation of past discussions of similar types both on this board and in your personal life, that this type of discussion generally leads to a lively discussion? Seems like a rational, logical, well-founded inference.
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Well, the "reely-truuuly sci-kicks" would have seen this thread coming and prepared some really insprirational replies.......waiting......waiting.......waiting ;-)

OTOH, this is a somewhat realists's forum, so maybe the "reely-truuuly sci-kicks" would have determined that responding would have been a waste of time.

......either way I'm right, so does that make me a sci-kick?
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These people are con artists. They prey on people who have lost loved ones and want to believe this nonsense.
I agree 100% - - self-styled psychics who charge a fee consistently seem to be con artists.

On the other hand, I don't discount the possibility that some people can sense the spirits of the dead. A lot depends on how you define "spirits". Frank and I have both felt a strong presence of lost loved ones (though we haven't actually seen them or sat down and had a heart to heart chat with any of them! )
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Don't believe in pyschics at all. I would say I don't believe in 97.31% of psychology either.
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Don't believe in pyschics at all. I would say I don't believe in 97.31% of psychology either.
Wait. Pys-chics? What sort of strange beings do you consort with?
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Back in the day, at work, a half dozen people shared a couple of phone lines and we took messages for each other (quaint, eh?). Someone called to leave a message to say the company psychic's club meeting had been canceled. I heard my cohort exclaim, "if that crap worked you wouldn't need to call!"
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Wait, you haven't heard of pyschics yet? Let's just say, they've heard about you...
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The ones I encountered were very good at extrapolating from bits of information gleaned during introductions. One specific event I encountered long ago in Tampa, Florida. A friend took me to a meeting run by a self professed psychic.

Upon entering I was introduced as a friend from New York, then the show begun. Part way through the psychic announced that we have a visitor from very very far away, where they speak in ancient tongues.

And that she can see the tall building around where I now live, and little buildings from where our guest was born. Further she announced that this visitor is going far away to the cold cold cold world, where there is important work for him to do. Then she asked if I could confirm her vision. I said yes. Whereupon the crowd cheered and congratulated her.
Not wishing to engage in explaining that her visions were precise generalities easily extrapolated from our introduction, I left shortly thereafter. Oh and there were errors.

Yes then I came from NY, but did dot live in Manhattan, but 30 miles away in suburbia with max. 3 story buildings. Yes she could discern my still distinct accent, and the fact that during intro, based on her question I said I was born in a small village in a European country (I named the country). Doh-- small buildings.

She also knew from intro that I was heading to Alaska, but did not know that the destination was the Aleutian Islands, which rarely go below 28 degrees F. Oh yes there was Important work. I was getting paid by my university research labs to install seismic sensor gear and telemetry. It was important to the Phd types to get data and write papers and get more funding to do more resaerch to get more data ........ wash rinse repeat often.

So yeah I too could be a psychic, but am not good at frequent BS. Though can pull it off successfully if needed.

Edit add; But she was a really good looking psy chic.
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