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[RANDOM] do you believe psychics and other such abilities as real!?
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so what do you think do you believe them or not, please provide some explanation why. for me i belive some maybe very well be in some shadowy organization (like the akasuksi in naruto sorry if that spelled wrong). but, some COULD be reliable, but i don't see how tarot cards work, and what if the spirit or whoever their communicating too are evil. ALSO PLEASE LETS TRY NOT TO ARGUE ON THIS TOPIC OR BE TOO OFFENSIVE i mean its alright to a certain degree JUST KEEP IT AT A MIN. i hope i don't get in trouble for posting such a topic.
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I don't believe in that stuff because there is no proof that it is real. There's really nothing that even suggests it might be real. It also doesn't help that most of these "psychics" are really shady people...
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DethAssass1n wrote:

I don't believe in that stuff because there is no proof that it is real. There's really nothing that even suggests it might be real. It also doesn't help that most of these "psychics" are really shady people...


i would also like to add that they ask for money even though they say they want to help ppl
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The future is a book that hasn't been written yet. You cannot skip ahead to the end. There is no such thing as a psychic. The methods so-called psychics use to fool people have been thoroughly debunked, but desperate and lonely people believe it when someone tells them what they want to hear.

Here is one example. Mediums who claim they can talk to the dead were debunked by Houdini. He and his wife had a secret word. He told his wife that after he died, ask any medium at a seance who claims to have contacted him to produce that word. None ever could.
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ive seen some pretty crazy shit in my life so without a doubt, all though i am pretty gullible
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No.

It'd be cool though.
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uncoveror wrote:

The future is a book that hasn't been written yet. You cannot skip ahead to the end. There is no such thing as a psychic. The methods so-called psychics use to fool people have been thoroughly debunked, but desperate and lonely people believe it when someone tells them what they want to hear.

Here is one example. Mediums who claim they can talk to the dead were debunked by Houdini. He and his wife had a secret word. He told his wife that after he died, ask any medium at a seance who claims to have contacted him to produce that word. None ever could.


well the reason for psychic inaccuracy is human free will. the future is endlessly changing because of the choices that are made with your free will. thats the best way i can phrase it and i dont know about this houdini thingy but is it possible she just moved on. i dont support psychics, but though it seems like im defiending them i really dont want too
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I believe in them if I feel like it, and don't if I feel like it. I understand that realistically speaking, there's no proof of any such powers, and they're probably all hoaxes. But like all science, we're relying on our limited human senses and experience here, so it's unavoidable that we'll never be 100% sure unless we prove that they do exist.

That said, I think they exist in the most important way: a psychic is a semantic entity. The word 'psychic' carries meaning, which means that, formally at least, psychics exist. The same can be said about any supernatural phenomenon. The important thing isn't whether or not they're really out there in objective reality, but that they exist as cultural ideas that reflect on our identity as human beings.
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Anamalous wrote: the future is endlessly changing because of the choices that are made with your free will.

Not necessarily. Ever hear of determinism?

Of course, if psychics had any real powers somebody would've proved it by now.
Posted 3/3/14 , edited 3/3/14
No, I don't

But i'm not going to rely only on the empirical approach, because I don't believe that empiricism is the sole method of determining truth (thought it is a potent one).

I, however, subscribe to a worldview that doesn't make their existence very likely. If a psychic did exist, I would imagine their powers come from:
1). Mental processes - i.e. telepathy, clairvoyance, etc. In which case, empirical evidence would be necessary for me to give them credence (and I have found none)
2) Communication with spirits - This is where I probably seem hokey, but that doesn't matter to me. I do believe in spirits, but I have an overarching worldview that deals with them and doesn't really allow for communication with them.

I, however, am still open to the possibility of psychics. I just find their existence highly doubtful and certainly wouldn't trust anyone who claimed to be one without extensive examination.
Posted 3/3/14

uncoveror wrote:

The future is a book that hasn't been written yet. You cannot skip ahead to the end. There is no such thing as a psychic. The methods so-called psychics use to fool people have been thoroughly debunked, but desperate and lonely people believe it when someone tells them what they want to hear.

Here is one example. Mediums who claim they can talk to the dead were debunked by Houdini. He and his wife had a secret word. He told his wife that after he died, ask any medium at a seance who claims to have contacted him to produce that word. None ever could.


Not saying I believe in psychics but psychics haven't been completely debunked. Due to the very nature of how a psychic supposedly works and is it would be impossible to debunk them all completely. It just can't be done scientifically. Your Houdini story doesn't debunk anything at all simply because of all the variables that could have altered the end result.
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Horoscopes must play a role in this as well, huh? Those are enjoyable to read once in a while though which is something I sometimes like doing.
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Nope.
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Do I believe that possess the ability to see the future through means of divination or such? No. However, I do believe there are many people out there who can predict the future. The human brain is amazing, and there is much we do not know about it. I thinkit is entirely possible for those who claim to be "psychics" ( and are not complete shams) in actuality have the ability to absorb, interpret, and use this interpretation to pick the most plausible outcome subconsciously.
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No, I don't.

Either psychic powers have real, tangible effects, or they don't (which, if they don't have tangible effects, then they effectively don't exist). Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, and since there is no evidence that demonstrates the former, and so that can only leave the latter.

The "Oh, but there's so much we don't know," argument that people inevitably apply to these sorts of discussions is really just cop-out, IMO. I don't know why anyone would believe that we have to know everything before we can be reasonably certain that something doesn't exist, other than just to appeal to what they'd like to imagine to be true...or attempt to relieve themselves of the burden of proof.
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