I live in New Zealand and we have a psychic programme (don't we all) called
Sensing Murder. (http://www.sensingmurder.co.nz/)
My rant isn't against this programme, although if you want some info from the sceptics visit http://www.smpi.co.nz/
Not a single piece of actual new (previously unknown) information has been revealed.
Not a single person has been arrested.
Not a single missing body (or even murder weapon) has been found.
Not a single case has been solved.
The participating "psychics" have received valuable prime-time TV exposure that has presented their claimed abilities as being genuine without providing a single piece of credible evidence that they actually are.
The producers and their self-proclaimed "psychics" have gained considerable fame and fortune.
My "rantyness" is aimed at the psychics who talk to the living about their passed relatives.
I see little or no value in this. I realise, I never will. I understand the nature of things like placebo and belief having real effects on the brain. But I find no solice in lies, sometimes even in truth. Does believing your family member lives on provide people with the skills to move forward? To truely mourn? Or does the problem only exist where you need to talk to them? To hear their responses to your prayers and thoughts of them.
Psychic readings are always inane. Giving out of letters and names picked at random and providing no real meaning to them seems obvious to me that the onus is on the receiver to provide the value to it. Even the slightest of investigation can provide alternative answers to how these readings are created (I would suggest Derren Brown, widely youtube-able. Here's an example http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btP_vy5cQq4). Why is it that my passed Grandfather would tell me about my painting being crooked or the watch I bought my wife isn't expensive or sexy. If my Grandfather was truely talking to me surely he would tell me of his time in Japan after the war since my wife is japanese and it is a story I have longed to hear.
I realise I am just repeating the numerous criticisms placed on psychics and parrotted by so many, including myself. However I will take a bit out of this in that I got to vent some rage at the people who I believe help to create permanent holes in the lives of the mourning which can only be filled should you provide them with the $19.95/min required for them to channel the dead.
I will post again when I find the coin slot on these people which is required. I'll assume their arseholes aren't the answer.