Calling all psychics: a chance to prove your powers in a scientific test.
Although the chances that mediums really can contact the dead are probably infinitesimally remote, the persistence of belief in psychic powers among the general public remains interesting. By studying psychics and their purported messages from the beyond, we can learn something about human nature and why people so readily believe in the paranormal.
What’s more, on the off chance that we’re wrong and that the dead really do speak to individuals like Sally Morgan and Colin Fry, we will witness first hand one of the most startling, improbable and important discoveries in scientific history.
If the mediums are right and the dead really can get in touch, it would have a profound effect on the way we understand our lives.
Fortunately, not all psychics think there are better things to do than to validate their profession, which is why I’ll be working once more with Professor Chris French and science writer Simon Singh to test the paranormal abilities of two professional psychics on Sunday, with the results to be announced on 31 October, Halloween.
Should Sally, as the UK’s most recognisable medium, want to reconsider her position, our invitation remains open. We have the time and space in our test to accommodate Sally if she chooses to take part.
This year we have widened our challenge to include the other top mediums currently touring the UK, formally inviting Colin Fry, Gordon Smith, T J Higgs and Derek Acorah.
The test will take place at Goldsmiths, University of London, on Sunday 21 October. Will the self-proclaimed celebrity psychics show up? I doubt it. Their gig is too lucrative to risk blowing it. They will just keep on with their day jobs. No science required.