Simon Singh, of BCA libel and science communication fame, has decided in the wake of potential libel threats from Sally Morgan that she should be given a chance to prove her psychic powers. Writing in the Guardian Singh says:
Sally herself, on several occasions and in her r
recent statement, has said: “I totally respect cynics and sceptics as if we don’t ask questions we don’t get answers.”
So the solution is simple. Sally should agree to scientific testing of her psychic abilities.
Her consistent successful channelling on television and in theatres should mean that she will pass any test with flying colours. If Sally is a genuine psychic, then the result can only be positive, inasmuch as it would provide credibility for her psychic colleagues and push forward our understanding of the universe.
I hope Sally will be glad to hear that I am working with the Merseyside Skeptics Society and Professor Chris French at the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit, Goldsmiths, University of London, to construct a suitable test that would offer a chance to demonstrate whether or not she has psychic powers.
It seems unlikely that Sally will agree to take part in a controlled test of her abilities but we watch events unfold with great interest.
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