Psychic powers aren't real? I didn't see that coming
Published 17/01/2014 | 02:30
Researchers in Australia have really put the black cat amongst the psychic pigeons after they conducted a study that proves that -- gasp! -- the notion of psychics and mediums is, to put it politely, complete and utter hogwash. Or Hogwarts, depending on where you stand on this matter. Using a series of experiments with a wide range of volunteers, the boffins at the Melbourne School for Psychological Sciences say they have proved that phenomena such as pre-cognition and ESP are mere tricks of the mind.
As you might expect, psychics, mediums and chancers everywhere have been quick to defend their brand of hokum and have accused the researchers of being biased, 'anti-psychic' and, my favourite, one critic even accused the researchers of 'using bad science'.
We shouldn't need an experiment in Australia to reiterate what we already know -- but we do, it would appear. Because one of the things I've noticed in recent years is how belief in new-age nonsense seems to have risen in direct proportion to the number of people leaving organised religion. And while many have abandoned one brand of superstition only to replace it with another, they have certainly retained the arrogance of those who feel they have found a Truth. And people who think they have found the Truth tend to be rather hostile towards examination and criticism.