I wanted to follow up Monday’s post about how Sylvia Browne and James Van Praagh were totally wrong about Shawn Hornbeck. It’s obvious that those two jokers have no psychic powers, and are just playing the odds, but it is notable that no other “psychic”, as far as I am aware, was correct either. And it appears that Shawn’s parents did consult several. So I got to thinking what it would be like if there was even ONE real psychic in the world looking into this case. After all, anyone can be right most of the time by guessing the missing child is dead. What would be really spiffy and useful, if there was a real psychic, would be if they could zero in on the rare cases where the child is still alive after all this time. And if they could help find him or her.
For example, they could come up with something like:
I sense that Shawn is alive. He is being held in an apartment nearby, by a man who drives an old white Nissan pickup truck. He is a middle-aged white man with a beard. I sense that he works as a manager of a restaurant – possibly a pizza restaurant.
The psychic might even know something else, such as:
Shawn’s abductor has been in trouble with the police, and has been arrested for a traffic violation.
Don’t you think that would have been a real help?
Of course, additional details such as his name and address would be pretty useful too. Think that’s too hard? Well, if you watch TV’s “Medium” (featuring “Allison Dubois”) or “Ghost Whisperer” (“based on the work of James Van Praagh”, who is the show’s Co-Executive Producer), you would see crimes being solved with this degree of precise psychically derived information, every week. Surely in the real world it should happen at least occasionally?
It seems to me that if psychics were real, they would find some missing children in this way, on some sort of regular basis. And with the easy ability to check that these predictions were actually made in advance, wouldn’t these correct predictions be publicized widely? Wouldn’t we all know that such-and-such a child had been safely recovered due to the diligent predictions of a particular named psychic? I would have thought so. So why don’t we hear of this? Why don’t psychics tell us where all these missing children are? Could it be that they just don’t care? They know where the kidnapped children are but just couldn’t be bothered to let anyone know? Pretty mean of them.
Or alternatively, perhaps psychics and psychic powers just don’t exist. Isn’t that really the simplest and most likely answer?