Monday, July 10, 2023

Psychic Detectives

So, my first question while listening to this topic is: Are psychics just complete con artists or do they believe in what they are doing? Are these people really just guessing at where someone's loved one is if they go missing? Do they think they see visions in their head of valid information or are they just making things up as they go along?

To see Dr. Carr attempt his "remote viewing" that ended with him drawing on 100 pieces of paper, for an hour and a half, various pictures and words of random thoughts, is so ridiculous. And he is a doctor! Does he truly believe that he can enter someone else's body and see what they see? And if so, wouldn't that be maybe 2 or 3 drawings? It boggles my mind that these people are given credit for guessing. 

My assumption is that when you have no other answers, even made-up ones are something substantial. It implies there is hope. Humans need hope, especially in stressful times, and that is what these people provide. We also need closure. The unknowing is the hardest part and even if it's not accurate, it's something to hang on to. I am just not sure if the motivation behind these "psychic detectives" is to gain recognition, money, and power or to help people. Peter Popoff was a clear example of lying for personal gain when he was faking his abilities and preying on vulnerable people. All of this is interesting to learn about, at the very least.


  1. To answer your question, I believe the ones who profit the most are the ones who don’t believe in what they are doing. They have to know how to trick people and prey on their vulnerabilities to get the most out of them. While I don't think there is anything wrong with going to a psychic for curiosity, I do think it is a little unreasonable to be making life decisions based on their vague over-arching guesses. I loved hearing ghost stories when I was a kid and believing that there is more than meets the eye, but I eventually grew up and now rely on evidence and credible sources. It’s less fun and chaotic that way, but it leads to more secure answers.

  2. Hey tyler! I agree with you that human need hope and it draws people to believe certain things. I feel like the same thing happens with cults. They find people whp need some type of hope or are in a dark place and hearing anything can draw them in. It can be hard to know who is actually trying to help and who is just looking for financial gain.