Monday, June 7, 2010

Fortune Telling- Real or really fake??

Has anyone paid $10.00 to $15.00 to get their fortune read by a fortune teller? This is similar to palm reading and predicting one's future goals, career goals and love. Not only can the readings tell good news, but they can also tell bad news. So should we believe what a fortune teller presents to us and how accurate are fortune tellers? How can they sometimes accurately tell how we are feeling or what is going on in our lives?

This idea of examining a person's behavior can be found in a Darren Brown post in which he told the participants to do certain things which would determine their behavior and certain characteristics about them. This is called cold reading in which the observer determines characteristics about the person based upon their actions,things they like or things they may have described during their lifetime. Some things are accurate, but some things are innacurate.

So are the clients who actually pay the money telling the the psychics things about them unconsciously? Does anyone believe in psychics and the ability to predict events past or present? I dont believe in psychics and I believe that the ideas they come up with are just good guesses based upon a persons character or body language. Going to see a psychic may be fun but it may also be a rip off.


  1. I completely agree on what you said that it could be a rip off, however it still is fun. I know that I had my palm read I think two summers ago and it was really fun. She had me and all of my friends almost completely accurate. While I still do not believe in the whole psychic readings, it was entertaining and changed my mind a little when she knew my dreams, ambitions, and what was currently going on in my life perfectly.

  2. I don't believe in this either, but i still see many people getting these readings done on the boardwalk.

  3. Definitely a rip off! The Darren Brown video pretty much said it all. It's in our heads! And we believe what we want to..good post!

  4. My mom loves going to fortune tellers. I practically had to beg her to not drag me to the place with her! She has done it many times and insists that the readings are very accurate. I, on the other hand, think that the confirmation bias is responsible for this one. Im sure she discounts the unrelated information and tends to focus on the things she can relate to her life.