I Must Be Doing Something Right

There are times when I go weeks and weeks without writing anything, although I’ve been a bit inspired after having attended the Amaz!ng Meeting earlier this month.  Apparently, I must be doing something right, since James Randi himself references me by name on this weeks SWIFT newsletter regarding my analysis of “psychic superhero” Sylvia Browne’s 2006 predictions:

James Randi:

PROPHECIES

For Michael Peacock’s rundown of the Browne prophecies for 2006, go to www.smugbaldy.com/?p=48. That document stands without additional comment.  Other years of Brown’s declarations are equally erroneous and fatuous. Also, note that – in common with every other “psychic” – she has missed the truly momentous and critical changes in history – almost as if this claimed power of prophecy doesn’t exist! How could that be…?

I crossposted that article here on SEB, since you folks have a way of keeping me honest, and of course, since I’d prefer that someone actually read what I write.

Cheers, Michael

5 thoughts on “I Must Be Doing Something Right

  1. Looking at your analysis I would say people have a better hope of believing the exact opposite of what sylvia says, she seems almost anti-psychic and prevents something from happening by saying it will. Hope she says I will never be a millionaire.

    I guess negative predictions are more statistically likely to happen because in most cases there are more than 2 possibilities, like saying you predict not to get a certain number in roulette.

  2. Michael, congratulations on getting a positive public mention from James Randi.

    Sylvia Browne: If the brilliant scientists throughout history had a James Randi negating every aspect of their work, I doubt we would have progressed very far in medicine or in any technology.

    The poor dear’s obviously not aware that it was and is the job of the church to do exactly that; to throw a spanner [religion] in the works at every opportunity.
    I wonder how far we may have advanced if the church had been neutered a century or two ago.
    The essence of Christianity is told us in the Garden of Eden history. The fruit that was forbidden was on the tree of knowledge. The subtext is: All the suffering you have is because you wanted to find out what was going on. You could be in the Garden of Eden if you had just kept your fucking mouth shut and hadn’t asked any questions (Frank Zappa).

    About Sylvia: Chris is an authentic psychic [scammer] from birth. Being Sylvia’s son he shares in her genetic predisposition to psychic excellence [scamming]. Chris is the only other psychic recommended by Sylvia [they have certain standards]. He has been a working psychic for more than 20 years and has established his own clientele from thousands of satisfied clients [dupes]. Chris is a superb reader [bullshitter] and the best alternative to Sylvia.

    LOL

  3. Thanks LJ – I’m working on a rubric that would make it easier to score so called psychic predictions, and I’ll be posting that soon.  Apparently, there’s some question about my intellectual honesty on the randi forum since I didn’t delve into all the times Sylvia just said gibberish.

    My response to that is that I don’t care about her crazy, cause it doesn’t take superpowers to demonstrate crazy.  I’m just interested in those predictions that I can test, and how she rates in terms of accurate hits.

    You could be in the Garden of Eden if you had just kept your fucking mouth shut and hadn’t asked any questions (Frank Zappa).

    I suspect I’d have been tossed out tout de suite, because I’d be asking something like, “Nice garden, Lord … do you get Battlestar anywhere around here?”

  4. Sylvia Browne: If the brilliant scientists throughout history had a James Randi negating every aspect of their work, I doubt we would have progressed very far in medicine or in any technology.

    Can someone explain “Peer review” and “repeatable” to this woman?

  5. Dear Sylvia, I hope you can help me. In or around 1992, I read in a magazine about the death horrible death of an ex partner named William Arnold Newton. Hr had followed mw to L.A., and I cameback, Bill stayed. I read this article in I believe in about 1993. I can’t be sure, it caused a breakdown. We were a couple. Being my gay partner,

    needless to say,the heart went beyond breaking, the article said he was decapitated,and I barely remember that. I can,t get overmit, can u help me?

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