One last post from me tonight and then sleep. My Circadian rhythms have been seriously messed with over the last few days and it's catchup time.
Every time I find Randi's face I go over to look at his site, www.randi.org. To see if he's seen the errors in his thinking. Not yet.
One of the things he slates there is the medium. 'There can be no real mediums in the world,' he declares (paraphrased). 'They are all fakes and charlatans'.
There are real mediums. I know at least two.
There really are dead people wandering around. I've met them.
What the sceptics should say is 'There are no real mediums on TV' because that is absolutely true.
Real mediums make a living from other jobs. No real medium makes a living from being a medium for one simple reason.
It cannot be done.
You cannot set up a half hour show and expect exactly three spirits, all of whom are related to someone in your audience, to show up on time.
You cannot expect to set up that show without sometimes finding that none of the spirits who do show up match with anyone in the audience.
You cannot set up that show and expect any spirits to show up at all.
One hundred percent success guarantees fraud. There is no other way to do it. The TV psychics never fail. They always get the right number of matches for the show. Always. They never have a show where none of the spirits they contact have any relationship to the audience. They never have a show where no spirits turn up. What do they do, make them sign contracts? All TV psychics are faking it and I say that precisely because they never fail. If they log a failure in the next few weeks I'll know they read this blog. Too late - you're faking it and I know it.
Real mediums know that ghosts do not come when you call. They are not pets. They are dead people and are just as capricious as the live versions. Ghosts show up when they have something to say. They don't follow TV schedules. They don't follow their relatives around 24/7. Come on. If you were a ghost you'd find something else to do, right? What if you had eight kids? How would you follow them all? If Kid #3 was at the show and you were busy looking over Kid #5's new baby, would you heed the call of the TV cameras or say 'Screw them'? I know what I'd do.
It is not possible to make money as a medium. Customers will not accept success rates of 10% or lower. Ghosts will not do as they are told. They will not conveniently show up for readings.
All TV psychics are fakes, yes, but that does not mean that all psychics are fakes. That is the fallacy in the sceptic's thinking. The real medium cannot make money using their ability. The real medium isn't going to knock your door and give you a message from the Great Beyond because they know they'll get laughed at and possibly punched. Real mediums are out there but they will never be famous for it. There is no way for them to prove it since they can never be sure of when a spirit will choose to speak to them, and they can't 'book' a ghost to coincide with a lab appointment.
The logic is there if you look for it.