Poor mediums being picked on..lets shed some crocodile tears…

New Scientist Short Sharp Science Blog has a few comments about changes to laws in the UK which will be treating the services provided by mediums with the same sort of responsibility as any other product. As the UK is now part of the EU  many laws have to be changed to bring them into line with standards in other parts of Europe. The old (bad) law guarantees “genuine” mediums some legal protection, obviously not the sort of protection other services have to live with where you are not allowed to lie and steal. The spiritualists are wingeing it is an attack on their religion.
Unfortunately my irony meter is still broken from a meeting with some Australian “skeptics” the other weekend however I do notice that it appears perfectly fine to delude yourself, delude and exploit others and then claim the moral high ground.
Last time I looked it was the 21st century and I find it incredible in this day and age when we have real issues to deal with which need a huge and concerted effort by everyone we still have this crap being peddled. Every time the claims about talking with the dead are investigated nothing is found. Unlike science which learns from it’s mistakes the whole spiritualism woo keeps on going with the same tenacity and usefulness as polio.
For an example of the sort of warnings we could see, this site “Psychic Readings” as an example.
Psychic.com.au will not be held responsible for any damages that are the result of using this site. This includes the below terms that are likely to cause damage:

  • Failure of the site to conform to the manner or expectation you expected or desired”

And this is where it gets interesting. Lets say this sort of ‘get out of jail free’ card applied to the toilet I installed yesterday. I go to use it and it instantly overflows and my room is full of crap because it simply doesn’t work. You simply can’t have this sort of “protection” in the real world. This is why the real world, and not psychic.com.au, uses proper customer protection clauses. When you make claims and take money, what you provide is actually meant to work. And this would be my guess as to why the spiritualists are getting grumpy. How are they ever going to demonstrate that their products work? Courts of law are not going to put up with their bullshit excuses.
“They tell us we will probably be all right but we fear this will end up with one of us in court in front of a judge,” said David McEntee-Taylor, head of the Spiritual Workers Association (SWA).
Hey sunshine its easy, just demonstrate to the judge your woo working.
We can only hope..

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2 Comments on “Poor mediums being picked on..lets shed some crocodile tears…”

  1. Karolina says:

    Dear Skeptic

    This is a very interesting topic. I am just wondering, doesn’t every site write up their own disclaimer as a protection to themselves?

    Every site would have its own disclaimer so that they would have limited liabilities. For example, in the example that you have given, the psychic readings site is providing a disclaimer for them to be free of liabilities in case the “SITE” doesn’t meet the person’s requirement or expectation from the site and I think that it doesn’t mean that if the Psychics are not able to provide answers to the client that they are not liable for the loss that the person might have endured.

    Does that make sense to you? The disclaimer is talking about the performance of the website and not the performance or the abilities of the Psychic.

    If you go to the website and see this page http://www.psychic.com.au/refund-policy.html

    the site offers a refund policy where if a client is not happy with their reading they are able to get a free reading or a refund for the initial payment.

    I think that your blog here is a bit one sided and as a skeptic, you need to have a balance and a complete picture of what is happening before you comment on anything.

    Just a thought to let you know.



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