Posted: Nov 04, 2013 9:39 am
by Ihavenofingerprints
zulumoose wrote:
Ihavenofingerprints wrote:

People who claim to have a redundant supernatural ability need not to be debunked, when you can just demonstrate how inefficient their ability is. You can cure thousands of people several times over by training real surgeons, compared with a few random people using these psychics.

This response makes no sense to me.

Investigation of a real ability like this could potentially have massive benefits, to dismiss it as less efficient than surgery is very short sighted.

That is comparable to numerous examples in the past where a new discovery has been dismissed at first as less efficient. The aeroplane, for eg, was easily dismissed as not worth the effort, and lacking practical use. So was the telephone.

Of course this is all hypothetical, since there is no credible evidence being presented that these 'abilities' are anything other than con artistry.

Good point.

To qualify it. I'm not saying we should never investigate new technology if at first it appears expensive or unfesable. I'm stating that the psychic powers in question are less impressive than a whole range of techniques that don't involve supernatural intervention.

I'm all for psychic engineers, surgeons, footballers, fund managers and more, but they have a lot of work ahead of them.