Post by Mr. Jon Donnis on Dec 18, 2009 12:46:50 GMT
Question: What would the world be like if some people really had psychic powers such as ESP?
Answer: Then there would be some people with no need for caller ID, or who would never lose at "rock, paper, scissors," or for whom no one could ever throw a surprise party, answers David G. Myers in "Psychology: Ninth Edition." These folks would all be fabulously rich, able to predict the outcomes of lottery drawings or to make billions in the stock market. Also, tabloid psychics wouldn't have mistakenly predicted that Madonna would become a gospel singer, that the Statue of Liberty would lose both its arms to a terrorist blast and that Queen Elizabeth would abdicate her throne to enter a convent.
Moreover, asks Myers, where were these self-pronounced foreseers on 9/10 when we needed them? Why, despite a $50 million reward, could none of them help locate Osama bin Laden after 9/11? And why has no one been able to claim the $1 million offered by skeptic and magician James Randi to anyone who can demonstrate paranormal abilities under strict scientific controls? Neither has anyone collected in France, Australia or India, where parallel groups have offered a 200,000-euro prize.
They certainly do. But who or what stops them using their 'special powers' for financial gain? The ESPolice? A higher being? The Psychic Ombudsmen?. Some of them seem to be coining it in unfettered by any restrictions but I'm sure if they did genuinely posess any predictive insights they'd not flinch at using them for their own financial gain.
You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.