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  1. #1 Psychics in law enforcement 
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    I pretty much don't believe in psychic abilities (although I'll keep an open mind).

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    if criminals do, and think that there's nothing they can do do prevent a psychic from catching them...
    then maybe it serves as a crime deterrent for those believers....

    I think if police agencies spend money on psychics, then it's a waste of money. But it might make a "good" impression for those impressionable would-be criminals.

    Who knows...?


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    I don't think the police should endorse psychics in any way, shape, or form. It gives credibility to an industry that by and large preys off the gullible and/or desperate.


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    Quote Originally Posted by william
    I pretty much don't believe in psychic abilities (although I'll keep an open mind).

    But...
    if criminals do, and think that there's nothing they can do do prevent a psychic from catching them...
    then maybe it serves as a crime deterrent for those believers....

    I think if police agencies spend money on psychics, then it's a waste of money. But it might make a "good" impression for those impressionable would-be criminals.

    Who knows...?


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    The problem as I see it is there's no obvious physical basis for it. And from a
    psychological point of view the mind's ability to pick up slight clues (tells) and
    think logically with situational cues, often produces results which might seemed
    unexpected. The rest, to my mind, is Probability in action. John Poulous covered
    this in his book "Innumeracy".
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    For ten years, The Amazing Randi has offered a one million dollar prize for proof of psychic or supernatural powers; the prize has never been claimed...

    So, if someone really does have psychic abilities that can be proven, they could be very rich.
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    I believe he has now withdrawn this offer. Probably he wants to protect his retirement fund. :wink:

    I double checked before posting and the offer is still extant. See here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ophiolite
    I believe he has now withdrawn this offer. Probably he wants to protect his retirement fund. :wink:

    I double checked before posting and the offer is still extant. See here.
    http://www.randi.org/site/index.php/...plication.html

    12. This offer is not open to any and all persons. Before being considered as an applicant, the person applying must satisfy two conditions: First, he/she must have a “media presence,” which means having been published, written about, or known to the media in regard to his/her claimed abilities or powers. This can be established by producing articles, videos, books, or other published material that specifically addresses the person’s abilities. Second, he/she must produce at least one signed document from an academic who has witnessed the powers or abilities of the person, and will validate that these powers or abilities have been verified.
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