I think the Million Dollar Prize from the JREF is a wonderful tool to use when confronting believers of the occult. I'm not sure they see it the same way because they often react by moving the goal posts.
When it is suggested that they get tested under scientific scrutiny it is argued, by believers, that skepticism can affect performance. However, more commonly, I get the response 'psychics can't use their powers for personal benefit' (to explain why you never see the headline 'psychic wins lottery' (Jay Leno)).
Assuming that were the case, we must follow those implications to wherever they may lead.
Before we do, however, let us consider faith in the Abrahamic god and psychics. The Bible is fairly specific about the idea of people talking to the dead, conjuring up spirits and the like. Does that not trouble you (if you accept the Bible to be some form of truth)?
If you have arrived at atheism as a result of your skepticism, you probably don't believe in ghosts, psychics or fairies.
But, enough with my digression.
The idea that a psychic can not use their powers for their own benefit suggests that whatever endowed them with these "great" powers is actually capable of determining how these powers are used. If you believe that it is a god that granted them these powers, you must, then, question yourself why that same god didn't make it so all humans could only do good?
That single statement ("can't use it for personal gain/benefit") destroys any argument you might have for why evil exists.
One must also ask that why would such a being give these "special gifts" to such slime balls and scumbags? Shouldn't that sky-fairy really have given them the ability to win the lottery so they would stop abusing all the people they currently victimize (and re-victimize)?
It makes perfect sense.
Now, if you want to read some horrible bullshit from an Animal Communicator (if you’re too worried about being called out by humans as being fake, you can always claim to read the minds of animals) as to why psychics don’t win the lottery, here it is: http://www.circlesoflight.com/scott/lottery.html
Or to see the mental gymnastics that some go through, check out: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100715155718AAumQ3w
Saturday, March 3, 2012
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