January 01, 2003
Psychics get it wrong again

The Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal has published its annual lookback on how tabloid psychics did in predicting the just-ended year. As has always been the case, the psychics went 0 for 2002. Here's something I didn't know:

[M]ost of the tabloids that still publish forecasts have now resorted to using "psychics" who may not even exist. They don't show up on Internet search engines. That turns out to be true for the Sun and Weekly World News. The best known tabloid, the National Enquirer, gave up its tradition of publishing beginning-of-the-year psychic predictions a few years ago.

Things have sure gone to hell since Jeane Dixon died, haven't they? Better luck this year, guys.

UPDATE: Nice to know that at least one well known "psychic" is still willing to publish actual predictions. Not exactly Elvis and Princess Di stuff here, but we'll take what we can get.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on January 01, 2003 to Skepticism | TrackBack