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Psychical Research: Over a Century, and Not One Useful Development
2006.06.05 (Mon) 23:19
Skeptico has an absolutely brilliant post up today. Go read it. Now. We'll wait.
Good, huh? We love how Skep boiled it down so nicely:
...it's not just that the evidence for psi has not gotten any better over the last 124 years compared with advances in science, although that is notable. The real lesson is that even if psi were real, in 124 years we still haven't found an actual use for it — no psi communications devices, no accurate predictions of the future, no military use, nothing.
Compare that with the real world of science. We started this post with Morse code, but now I can now access computers anywhere in the world from the color screen of my small cell phone. And it all works whether you believe in it or not.
Ah, reason and logic. It's nice to see they still haven't lost their edge, after all these years. Whereas superstition and silly beliefs remain as they always were: quite dull.
This brings to mind some of Allison DuBois' tired and infuriating claims, such as:
...skeptics that do it professionally help nobody in their lifetime, and I look at it that way. How many people have they really helped to have a better life, or to feel better? And I think not many, if any at all. And I have thousands, and I know many other mediums that do as well, and we've made a difference in people's lives that skeptics can't take away.
Sure, Allison, you keep telling yourself that, you sanctimonious bullshit-hurling bitch. Let's see...you've given people false hope, lied to them, and precluded the much-needed closure that the loss of a loved one demands.
As we said back then:
Now let's go through a list of just a few things that people of science — not all necessarily "scientists," but certainly people who used the scientific method, which requires a healthy dose of skepticism — contributed to the world. Heck, let's do it alphabetically, just for kicks: aeronautics, bionics, computers, differential calculus, electricity, first aid, genetic engineering, hygiene, internal combustion engines, jelly and jam, kinescopes, lasers, musical instruments, nanotechnology, On the Origin of Species, penicillin, quantum physics, refrigeration, submarines, telecommunications, ultrasonics, vacuum cleaners, water purification, X-rays, yogurt, and zero-point energy.
It's not hard to come up with lists like ours, or a beautiful chronology like Skeptico's. What is hard is coming up with just one concrete example of "psychic" research that has resulted in a useful development, changed history, or furthered the progress of humankind. Just one, true believers; that's all it would take. And yet...nothing.
Big thanks to Skeptico for such a thoughtful and well-written post. It should be required reading for anyone who believes that so-called "psychics" have any useful function.
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