Amazingly, in the 21st century, there is a surprisingly large amount of people who believe there are others who posses psychic abilities. It has never been proven that humans can have any type of psychic ability and psychics who have stepped up to prove their abilities was faking it and simply using tricks.
What is the harm though? Why should anyone care if someone goes and visits a psychic for advice. Well it’s fine if someone goes for fun, but when someone truly believes they have power, and follows the advice no matter how strange, that is where it gets dangerous. Some people spend large amounts of money to get these insights or predictions, and are simply told lies.
There are stories of psychics solving crimes, but did they really? Anyone can call in tips and suggest that they saw a vision of something happening somewhere and to check it. Most of the time the police will check it out and it could lead to something. However a lucky guess is not proof of psychic abilities.
James Randi has presented a million dollar challenge for anyone with psychic powers to claim it. They simply had to acquire it by showing “under proper observing conditions, evidence of any paranormal, supernatural, or occult power or event”. It has gone unclaimed for almost two decades, and upon Randi’s retirement, is now being converted into grants to non-profit groups that promote activities that encourage critical thinking and a fact-based world view.
Of course, the best way to hide real psychics, if they even exist, would be to have fake psychics everywhere, accessible by everyone. This is a conspiracy theory used by some, but the main fault would be that if real psychics exist, they would get the word out and prove it somehow. There is technology that can be used to read minds at a basic level, but no human can do that. Sadly there will always be people who believe others have psychic powers and they will continue to give them money to get in return fake advice.
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