Bad Psychic – How Fake Psychics Can Stop the Search for Real Ones
One of the big stories in the psychic world over the last few months is the psychic fraud, Rosa Mark. Rosa used fake psychic predictions to con a wealthy couple out of millions of dollars. As a result, she’ll be spending the next 10 years in prison… but what impact do these stories have on public perception of the psychic phenomenon?
Since I’m not qualified to conduct massive and expensive polls to answer that question I can only offer my opinion: These types of stories undoubtedly provide a negative image of the psychic phenomenon and certainly can influence belief or disbelief of it. Cases like this are frequently used by skeptics like James Randi and Joe Nickell as proof that psychic phenomenon isn’t genuine. But is that fair?
When there is an opportunity to use deceitful means to gain a profit you’ll find someone there to rake up the dough. And it could be psychics or politicians, corruption is everywhere. But just as a few corrupt politicians do not prove every politician is corrupt, a few fake psychics do not prove the phenomena has no merit. As critical thinkers we must be careful not to fall into this trap. Unfortunately some of my skeptical friends have already made up their minds – I’ll invite you to withhold judgement until more work is done.