Professional psychics make money from the fears and insecurities of bereaved people, by claiming to contact the dead. Vulnerable people pay them large amounts of money to attend readings, in the hope of contacting their lost loved-ones and in return for the money, the psychics report conversations with loved-ones.
It’s a pity that some of us are unable to let go of those we loved, but it happens, and professional psychics are waiting out there to take advantage of their desperate need to stay in touch with those they care for. People like Sally Morgan, who recently appeared on Irish radio and who was accused of rigging a show in front of an audience.
Some people who hear voices are diagnosed as schizophrenic while others are paid millions. Isn’t that strange?
Science is often accused of being a belief system, but of course is the complete opposite. Presented with evidence, science is at all times ready to change its mind, and so it happens that Sally Morgan is presented with a unique opportunity. Sally has been invited to prove her wonderful gifts on the Hallowe’en Challenge, supported by James Randi. At stake could be a million-dollar prize for Sally, which is no small thing. After all, who could turn down a million dollars, even if they happen to be coining it from vulnerable people calling on premium-rate phone lines, desperately seeking some contact with deceased loved-ones?
Simon Singh, one of the test’s instigators, is a scrupulous defender of the scientific method. Sally will have the opportunity to demonstrate beyond doubt that she possesses the psychic gift in a simple experiment. Without being able to read a person’s body language or ask them questions and size up their reactions, Sally will be invited to make predictions and tell people what their loved-ones are saying. The questions will probably be in written form, which should prove little challenge for a genuine psychic.
This is an opportunity for Sally to silence her critics once and for all while at the same time collecting a million dollars. Why would a genuine psychic turn it down?
After all, a genuine psychic wouldn’t need to read a person’s mannerisms or ask leading questions, so Sally should have little to fear. Go for it, girl. Silence your critics once and for all. Surely that’s the way to prove that the supernatural is real. Just show the unbelievers.
I suspect, however, that Sally will decline the offer.
Sally has indeed declined the offer through a lawyer’s letter to Simon Singh threatening libel action. It appears that people who claim to converse with spirits consider themselves above the normal standards of proof. Already, it seems, various radio stations have decided not to discuss Sally Morgan for fear of legal action.
Elsewhere: The Guardian