Episode 203: Habeas Spiritus

Episode 203

25th March 2015

Rachael brings the case against her boyfriend Anton. Rachael believes that psychics with real spiritual gifts do exist, and wants Anton to visit one with her. Anton is “an unshakeable realist” and says all psychics are faking it, and are just in it for the cash.
Should Anton give psychics a chance? Only one man can decide.

Episode notes

Rachael brings the case against her boyfriend Anton. Rachael believes that psychics with real spiritual gifts do exist, and wants Anton to visit one with her. Anton is “an unshakeable realist” and says all psychics are faking it, and are just in it for the cash.

Should Anton give psychics a chance? Only one man can decide (with the assistance of expert witness Carrie PoppyTfor!)

This week’s episode title suggested by Aurora Hannigan! Thank you!

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EVIDENCE

FROM RACHAEL

Points of Contention by the Plaintiff:

1) A plethora of research and resources exist pertaining to connecting with the afterlife. The validity of said resources is not to be dismissed:
Vision Quest, Metaphysical Bookstore in Phoenix, Arizona
Example of a book you’d likely find in the Metaphysical Bookstore
World-famous psychic, Sylvia Browne, recounts the afterlife

2) Some psychics have a proven track record of success in psychic proficiency:
Rachael’s favorite psychic, Viretta, is on LinkedIn

3) The Confirmation Bias Theory explains why the validity of psychics should not be baselessly discredited

FROM ANTON

Should you hear the case regarding Psychics filed against me by Rachael, my longtime adversary on this contentious topic, I request that you take the following evidence into consideration:

1) Psychics have a proven track record of incompetence
Sylvia Brown
2) Psychics engage in illegal business practices and cannot foresee getting caught
Miss Cleo
3) Psychics prey on vulnerable people
April Lee
4) Psychics commit fraud when claiming to predict the stock market
David Morton

While the aforementioned points are merely individual case studies, they are representative of the underlying character of Psychics as a whole. I firmly believe that so-called psychics -across the board- are con artists, delusional or both. Furthermore, I believe that the psychic-industrial complex causes greater harm to a society than any benefits it may provide in the form of entertainment or personal insights derived from the incessant drivel of these swindlers.

Despite numerous appeals I have steadfastly refused to humor this nonsense on the basis that anyone engaging in a psychic reading is lending credibility to a practice that is rooted in manipulation, misrepresentation and outright fraud simply by showing up. I have been called a skeptic and a cynic, I have been accused of being “no fun.” I accept this and request that after weighing the arguments you order Rachael to cease her efforts to get me to visit a psychic “just for fun.”

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