OK Skeptics protest John Edward show

Skeptics take on renowned psychic in OKC – KFOR.

More than a dozen skeptics from the University of Central Oklahoma stood outside in protest of John Edwards’ appearance in Oklahoma City.

One skeptic said, “The truth of what’s going on isn’t necessarily there to back up these statements that are made.”

Edwards is one of the country’s most successful psychics headlining two different shows based on his work.

At $150 a ticket, hundreds of residents came to get answers to some of life’s questions.

Demonstrators outside say it’s all hogwash.

Caleb Lack, the advisor of the UCO Skeptic Club, claims in many cases, a lot of trickery is involved.

Source: KFOR.com

A video of this news piece is available at the above link.

While it’s admirable that skeptics have taken a stand at such events, I found a few things other groups might keep in mind as Edward or some other psychic comes to give a show in your town.

First, don’t accuse them of trickery. They have methods that appears to be psychically derived but, to be fair, perhaps even the psychic performer may believe they have genuine powers. If you do not have evidence that microphones or audience plants are involved, you should not suggest on camera that this is the case. Second, have a set message to deliver. Have a professional demeanor, including well-done signs and information to distribute to people.

I and many other critical thinkers agree John Edward is not authentic and capitalizes off of people’s grief and concern. He makes a very handsome living off his work and he has never been willing to have his so called “power” tested. What a coward.

Note that this report spells his name “Edwards” throughout. That is incorrect.

  2 comments for “OK Skeptics protest John Edward show

  1. Massachusetts
    March 12, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    It’s a great point you make, that someone isn’t automatically a fraud and a deliberate con artist because they believe they have a particular skill, even if that skill seems crazy to many. We should tread cautiously and respectfully. Not only will that limit the liability issues, but it will make less likely for believers to circle the wagons and discount what we have to say when a dialog is established.

  2. Massachusetts
    March 12, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    I think there are a lot of healers using unconventional methods who fall into that category: they believe what they are doing works but scientific testing reveals there’s no or little merit there. So calling them all scammers is wrong and inaccurate as well.

    We should also be aware that there are some merits to some unconventional practices. I just read The Science of Yoga and, though it points out some dangers that are less well known, it also points out a number of studies that show benefits. The same is true for meditation, as researched by Dr. Herbert Benson at Harvard University. Even if you disagree with some of these studies, the movement towards a dialog with the scientific community and the study of these topics and practices using scientific methods is important and should be encouraged.

    Of course, healing practices is a bit off topic from psychic / ghost investigations for sure–beyond the need of healing at that point, it would seem! :) At least the physical, medical variety.

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