America’s Credulity Straining Challenge

I am watching the inexcusable America’s Psychic Challenge on Lifetime. It’s about exactly what you think it is (to quote that guy from that irritating iPhone commercial), except the ‘psychics’ ride from psychic challenge to psychic challenge in a Cadillac Escalade. The most amazing thing about the show is the way that the participants couch their guesses and handle their failures. Before every challenge the psychics either offer caveats (“I’m not an empath, so I’ve never done this kind of challenge before.”; “This is the first time I’ve tried remote viewing.”) and afterwards they offer their excuses (“As soon as I started the challenge I got a really strong father figure coming through from the other side and he had a message to deliver, and really that’s the most important thing.”; “I initially got a message telling me to choose number one, but then I got interference from number five and I went with that one instead, but number one was calling to me the whole time.”)
I strongly suggest this show to anyone who’s interested in scientific skepticism. After all, you’ve got to know your enemy.

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~ by Joe on November 17, 2007.

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