video segment on seances & Spiritualism - good for education

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video segment on seances & Spiritualism - good for education

Post by stewgreen2 » Tue Nov 01, 2011 7:31 pm

- Excellent new video segment on seances & Spiritualism.
- Congratulations UK Skeptics managed to get a flawless piece on primetime British TV last night showing how Seances were faked 100 years ago and asking us to think critically today.

- If someone has time it would be great for Wikipedia pages and other educational uses.
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- The prog on BBC TV is a general magazine show at 7pm everyday and has an audience of about 8 million across the UK.

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Post by Austin Harper » Wed Nov 02, 2011 3:29 am

That was quite good. I especially liked this quote from 3:42-4:11.
There is no scientific evidence to suggest it is possible to contact the dead through a medium but some Victorians were drawn into believing that seances were real. Just like those Victorians, our modern day volunteers were equally susceptible to a display of clever tricks in the dark. So, before we judge the Victorians for their belief in and enthusiasm for spiritualism, we should put ourselves in their shoes and wonder: Are we any better today at telling truth from fantasy?
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Post by Gord » Wed Nov 02, 2011 7:44 am

That was delightful.

I especially liked going through the comments and giving a thumbs-up to all the rational statements. 8-)
"Knowledge grows through infinite timelessness" -- the random fictional Deepak Chopra quote site
"Imagine an ennobling of what could be" -- the New Age BS Generator site
"You are also taking my words out of context." -- Justin
"Nullius in verba" -- The Royal Society ["take nobody's word for it"]
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Post by Matthew Ellard » Wed Nov 16, 2011 12:17 pm

I think the video is underplaying the role of séances being used to disguise prostitution. Houdini first identified this in the early 1900s. A young lady could invite a single man into her rooms for a quick 30 minute reading.

It would be interesting to research the history of certain personal advertisements in different periods of history and see if the services were really servicing their stated demand (remedial massage services...fortune-tellers....diction consultants....french polishing service...businessmen escorts....private health spas.....)

Materialization séances were often just fronts for prostitution rings both in England and in America. / The Secret Life of Houdini / Kalush & Sloman / ... &q&f=false" onclick=";return false;