from media work what do you do?
I have managed to test various psychics (a couple of mediums, a
mystic and someone who professed to dream the future) and once
they were subjected to properly controlled conditions their abilities
faded into nothing. Randi asked me to look at a claim from someone
who said he was being visited by an alien intelligence in his backyard.
The aliens were coveniently invisible and only contacted him
by telepathy. The claimant sent me a film of the aliens he had
managed to capture unsing an infra red camera. Rather less
happily they turned out to be insects flying close to the camera
lens. I also give lectures on thinking critically about paranormal
you ever experienced anything you couldn’t explain?
I confess I am at a loss to explain the success of Living TV's 'Most Haunted Live'. I've never seen such unremitting drivel. However not in the sense often implied by terms such as "the unexplained". There are plenty of things claimed by people that are difficult
to conclusively explain but this is often due to the lack of available facts. A fairly mundane event seems
to become miraculous in the eyes of many witnesses.
sort of things are you sceptical about?
This is a long list but my main interest is in psychic claims such
as those given by mediums. In this respect I have given such readings
myself using basic trickery and have successfully passed myself
off as ‘psychic’. This has never been done except as
part of media experiments and not as a deliberate attempt to dupe
or defraud people.
I can bend metal, read minds, perform psychic surgery and various
other doubtful feats – all by deception. As far as I can tell
so-called ‘psychic ability’ looks no different to conjuring.Here
are some of the other things about which I have serious doubts;
medicines and other unlikely forms of healing (esp. homeopathy),
Bending metal with the mind,
Hypnosis (depending on your definition),
Talking to the dead,
Tarot and other psychic readings,
Telekinsesis (moving things with the mind),
Telepathy (including ‘remote viewing’),
is by no means an exhaustive list but you get the idea. If anyone
can prove any of the above I suggest they apply for the $1
Million Challenge on offer by The James
Randi Educational Foundation in Florida, USA. The challenge is
for anyone who can demonstrate psychic/supernatural ability
under proper observing conditions. This challenge is extremely
fair but rather than actually accept the challenge most psychics
prefer to attack it as unreasonable.
am also willing to look at anyone who can make some testable psychic
claim. See here.