Thursday, August 21, 2008

My psychic powers

Today a plane crashed on take-off in Spain, killing a whole bunch of people. That's terrible. But I can use it to briefly discuss the belief in psychic phenomena.

I myself had a plane trip scheduled for today. A couple of days ago, I had a dream that my plane crashed on take-off. Shortly after the plane was off the ground, it lost engine power and crashed.

Then today, I was sitting in the plane on the tarmac for about 40 minutes while waiting for our clearance to depart. I was watching the planes take-off from my window, and recalled my dream. As each plane raced down the runway, I began to imagine and visualise what it might look like for them to crash and burn during take-off, as in my dream.

Unknown to me at the time, a plane had just crashed on take-off in Spain. I learned of it when I got home and got online.

So what happened? Do I have psychic powers? Did I have a vision of the future? Am I somehow connected to the people on that flight, and knew of, or felt their fate as they experienced it?

I really don't think so. It's called a coincidence. I'm sure it crosses many/most people's minds, before they take a flight, that their plane could crash. Sometimes it happens, but usually it doesn't. The sad part is, that I could probably use this experience to convince some unthinking dimwit that I am a psychic.

But if we want to credit this occurrence to a psychic power, we'd have to discard all of the other times that I thought of it, but a plane didn't crash. That would be just completely stupid. It's called cherry-picking, and it's what religious people use all the time to prove their belief.

For example, the religious believer might take as evidence for god that the sick person they prayed for became well again. They'll of course ignore all of the other times that people pray for the healing of a loved one, but it doesn't happen. No, the one person that was prayed for and got better is proof of god, but all of the others do not prove that god doesn't exist. In fact, it was god's plan that they die. This is all total crap, and reminds me of just how weak their argument is.

I am not a psychic. Besides, if I was psychic, I wouldn't have taken a beating on my investments this year with the rest of the pathetic, non-psychic losers who have lost so much.

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