How to Convince People You are Psychic

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How to Convince People You are Psychic

Post by stansmith12345 » Fri Dec 15, 2017 1:28 pm

n the most recent issue of Skeptic Magazine, James Randi’s column titled “How to Convince People You are Psychic” quotes one subject as saying, after being told that psychics aren’t real, “It doesn’t matter..”, confirms something that I’ve believed for a long time: most people believe that being a skeptic isn’t any fun. (Or, at a minimum, it's not as much fun as being a non-skeptic.)

I’m a confirmed skeptic. One of my hobbies is engaging in Internet debates with creationists. I even find being a skeptic “fun” because I think that it’s “fun” to be right and even more fun to have evidence to support what I believe.
But I firmly believe that many, and possibly most, people believe otherwise. Those other people firmly believe that it is more “fun” not to be a skeptic.

I worked in the Portland, OR, area for a while. One Monday morning a co-worker came in and told us that he was sure that he had seen a Sasquatch in the woods while camping out that weekend. Lots of people stopped over and talked to him about that. If, instead, he had described what he probably actually saw – some shadows in the trees that could have been a dozen different things – no one would have paid much attention.

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Re: How to Convince People You are Psychic

Post by Gord » Sat Dec 16, 2017 2:01 am

Being a skeptic is the most fun thing there is to be, all things considered.
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Re: How to Convince People You are Psychic

Post by bobbo_the_Pragmatist » Sat Dec 16, 2017 2:26 am

"One of my hobbies is engaging in Internet debates with creationists." /// A beginner then? Ahem: True Skepticism: challenging your OWN beliefs.

Just another reason I have never claimed the status.
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Re: How to Convince People You are Psychic

Post by scrmbldggs » Sat Dec 16, 2017 2:31 am

I saw that coming.

btw, the OP is just a botched copy of this old topic - spam links most likely to follow...
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Re: How to Convince People You are Psychic

Post by Pyrrho » Sat Dec 16, 2017 7:29 pm

Thanks. I tried searching for the content and didn't find that. Banned the perp and locking this topic.
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