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  •  Well, actually ... (2+ / 0-)
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    churchylafemme, Liberal Heretic

    ... to poke a hole in your straw-man stereotype ...

    I believe such things are possible -- but that is based on a lot of strange personal experiences I've had, which have been so numerous, and so specific, and have had so much external corroboration, that I can't deny the possibility anymore.  It's also based on the similar strange personal experiences of a lot of other normal, non-famous people I've known who don't consider themselves even remotely psychic.

    At the same time ... I think anyone who actively promotes themselves as a psychic -- who makes money from it and gets exposure and public recognition for it -- is almost certainly, almost by definition, a phoney (or at least fairly delusional).  

    As much as anyone else here, I think it's reprehensible for CNN to be putting such a person on, talking about this tragedy.

    •  with all due respect . . . (5+ / 0-)

      reality doesn't give a rat's ass what woo-woo you think is possible.  

      If it makes you feel any better, reality doesn't give a rat's ass what woo-woo I think is possible, either.  (shrug)

      In the end, reality always wins.

      by Lenny Flank on Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 12:08:40 PM PDT

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    •  See the offer I made to Lenny - 50 bux if you (1+ / 0-)
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      can name iether of the cards I'm holding, 5,000 if you can name both.

      That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

      by enhydra lutris on Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 01:57:25 PM PDT

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      •  I don't recall claiming to be psychic. (5+ / 0-)

        I said I've had a lot of very specific experiences that indicate that kind of thing ... things that cause me to lean toward the position that it's possible;  not that I can do it at will.  

        I very specifically said that none of the other people I know who have also had such specific experiences claim to be psychic either, or even consider themselves remotely psychic.  All the experiences I allude to have been spontaneous -- have come up unexpectedly and sort of forced themselves on the people involved.  

        I have my doubts that such things can be controlled -- at least to any great degree -- and that's why I have huge misgivings about anyone who claims they can control it so precisely (especially if they're getting money and fame from that claim).

        And, by the way, yes, there have indeed been many scientific studies with significant results pointing to ESP.  The perennial media skeptic Prof. Ray Hyman was actually called upon to take part in a number of such studies, consulting with the researchers on how to make them more rigourous.

        Despite making sweeping public statements that "there have been no scientific studies which indicate ESP," Hyman quietly admitted in private that some studies show “astronomically significant” effects.  

        He also said, “... the best research is of higher quality than many critics assume.” And, “[Certain telepathy experiments] are well-designed and the investigators have taken pains to eliminate the known weaknesses in previous parapsychological research. In addition, I cannot provide suitable candidates for what flaws, if any, might be present.”

        After reviewing some studies, even Carl Sagan had to admit that there were three areas especially worthy of further scientific study: the finding that humans can apparently affect random-number generators with their minds; the finding that people can apparently receive thoughts and images “projected” at them; and the recurrent verifiable accounts of children claiming to remember past lives.

        But then, Carl Sagan was well-known for his belief in woo-woo.

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