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[RANDOM] do you believe psychics and other such abilities as real!?
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Posted 3/3/14

jmac825 wrote:

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.


a spin off quote from x com enemy unknown "the knowing and unknowing are equally frightening things."
Posted 3/3/14 , edited 3/3/14
there isn't any proof to support it's existence but there really isn't much to go against its existence either. who knows! not like we know much about the universe we live in.

i know if someone comes up to me spouting stuff about my future though, i probably won't believe them and pass them off as a crackhead. ^-^
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Posted 3/4/14
Nope.
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I've had a professional do tarot card reading and palm reading on me. Honestly, she didn't say anything too impressive, but she's the only one I've tried so it's hard to make a formidable complaint. Thus far, I don't believe in it, but I think its fun having my fortune told :)
Posted 3/4/14
nope.

was told I'd find true love at 24. didn't happen
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Nope.
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Posted 3/4/14
Nah, it's a total scam.
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Devil's proof. So, unless I see it and confirm it myself, I don't know if they do or don't exist.
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Psychics have been debunked enough for any reasonable person to dismiss them, but there are enough unreasonable people that they still rake in the bucks. You can't absolutely prove that they have no power as it is impossible to prove a negative. It is a logical fallacy to ask someone to do that. Burden of proof lies on those making magical claims, not on those who call "baloney" when hearing them.

I have seen James Randi perform a cold read, the kind where nothing is known in advance, and explain how it is done. Anyone can do it, and there is nothing remotely supernatural or paranormal about it.

If the "psychic" already knows information about their mark and can do a warm read, then they can really put on a dog and pony show which will get a credulous mark to open their wallet every time.

If you want to believe in psychics, no one can stop you, but don't expect a refund when what they predict never comes to pass.
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Posted 3/4/14
No

I really wish that it was though.
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No, and I'm kind of glad. That could be a dangerous power in the wrong hands.
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kamisamasama wrote:

there isn't any proof to support it's existence but there really isn't much to go against its existence either. who knows! not like we know much about the universe we live in.

i know if someone comes up to me spouting stuff about my future though, i probably won't believe them and pass them off as a crackhead. ^-^




I'm sorry but I laughed at your comment.
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I believe that some have the ability and it can be very real, but I also believe most don't. I guess that would mean my answer is yes, i believe in the abilities but not necessarily in most people claiming to have those "gifts".
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BLACKOUTMK2 wrote:

No, and I'm kind of glad. That could be a dangerous power in the wrong hands.


it kind of is already in the wrong hands
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