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a. Do they have genuine psychic abilities?
b. Are they a bunch of con artists?
c. Are they deluded?
One of my ex's mums used to go on about it. She reckoned that she could see dead people. She started saying that she could see my grandma, and I got a little angry, so told her never to 'peddle that to me again'. She looked a bit sad.
They're always wrong. Therefore, B.
He stayed with this guy who ran a small production company from his home, and used his equipment, etc.
The guy's wife was really into this psychic, and a group of her friends actually held a psychic meeting with her at their house. That's crazy enough.
Anyway, my friend wanted to borrow a camera for filming something, but apparently the psychic prophesied that the camera would get broken if it was taken out the next day. So my friend had to borrow it in secret so his wife wouldn't go crazy.
The camera didn't break, of course. There was something crazier about the situation but I can't remember what it was.
I've met intelligent and otherwise rational people who have had 'experiences' which have lead them to believe in the power of clairvoyants. Astrology is big business so there must be a market for it beyond batty old dears.
Ha ha! do I win something??
probably more from b and c, but...
He was the friendliest guy ever, always had a warm welcome everyone.
But my mum had a clairvoyant come round the house once and Jackson went fucking mental at her. It was the only time I ever saw him act aggressive. He really didn't want to let her in the house. Something about her really freaked him out and even when she went through to the other room, he was all agitated and stuff.
He was such a good dog, guys.
I'm a rational, level-headed, non-religious, anti-New-Age sceptic, but I once got given a session with a clairvoyant as a birthday present, and it was pretty impressive in a sort of circus-trick sense. I mean the guy was onto very detailed stuff that nobody could possibly have known.
Another time I got into a taxi and the driver basically started telling me about my entire life situation, very weird guy, the whole thing was like some sort of dream. I won't go into details because it'll just sound like someone bullshitting on the internet, but it was one of the most extraordinary experiences I've ever had.
Also, my g/f some years ago had an aunt who experienced prophetic dreams, she didn't wank on about it (in fact the aunt never spoke about it in my presence at all), but I believe it was genuine, and not reducible to any scientific explanation I've ever read about what actually happens when people think they've dreamed about future events. Too specific, too idiosyncratic, happened too many times.
So on the strength of those three experiences, I can say I definitely believe in clairvoyancy or ESP or whatever you want to call it.
The problem I have with it is that charlatans too often use it as a means of separating gullible cretins from their money. Being able to "see" that someone has some specific thing going on in their life, or that someone's birthday is on this exact date, or that someone was recently bereaved, or that someone needs to be careful around large blue objects next month etc etc is an interesting talent (if you want to call it that), but it's no different from being naturally adept at music or juggling. It's a whole other thing to set yourself up as the kind of person who can dispense advice or "spiritual counsel" to others. Clairvoyancy is no more "spiritual" or morally significant than the ability to wiggle your ears. People confuse the two gifts - i.e. a knack for ESP and a knack for perceptive guidance - and that's where the problems begin.