Sunday, April 20, 2008

Psychics and the Law

Via Daylight Atheism and Reuters.

UK law may change such that psychics/mediums/healers/etc may be prosecuted if they cannot demonstrate their abilities. About time, I say.

Quoth Ebonmuse:
No legitimate pharmaceutical company can claim its drugs can cure some illness unless it goes through multiple rounds of double-blind testing to prove this. Food companies can't claim their products can prevent heart disease unless there are well-designed studies to show it.

Why should psychics and miracle-hawkers be held to a different standard? Why not make faith healers and psychic surgeons go through double-blind studies that track recovery rates? Why not put cold-readers and mediums to the test?
Taking the words right out of my mouth. I only hope prosecutors have enough foresight to bring in expert witnesses with experience.

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