CAN THE LIVING TALK TO THE DEAD?



Americans are trying to communicate with spirits in record numbers; half of all Americans believe in extrasensory perception. A new 2000 Gallup poll reports that fully 28 percent of Americans believe people can hear from or communicate mentally with the dead.

Regardless of whether spirits are attempting to communicate with us, people are trying to communicate with them—spouses with deceased spouses; parents with deceased children; children with deceased parents—says Greg Barrett of the Gannett News Service. Skeptics and believers alike say it is this love—and love lost—that drives our undying desire to talk to the dead.

Longtime skeptic and magician James Randi, a.k.a. "Amazing Randi," says, "People not only want it to be true, they need it to be true. It's the feel-good syndrome," says the 72-year-old, who has standing offer of $1 million to psychics who can independently verify their "magic."

Between 1972 and 1995 U.S. taxpayer,s unbeknownst to them, supported the paranormal profession. Before the ties were severed to psychics in 1996, the CIA and various U.S. Defense Department intelligence agencies spent $20 million in an effort to turn psychics into spy satellites. Some of the details of the government program may soon be released, as they are in the process of being reviewed for declassification, according to CIA spokeswoman Anya Guilsher. Guilsher adds that the government's conclusion of the use of psychics was "unpromising."

Psychic Noreen Renier doesn't agree. She was lecturing on extrasensory perception at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, when she warned that President Reagan would soon receive an injury to the upper chest. Two months later, John Hinckley shot Reagan.

Skeptic Paul Kurtz says all of this medium stuff is "nincompoopery." "But for whatever reason, it's all the rage." Kurtz is chairman of the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal and he tackles claims of psychics and the like in his Skeptic Inquirer magazine.

Gary Schwartz thinks he has evidence that the living can talk to the dead. Schwartz, Harvard-educated and head of the University of Arizona Human Energy Systems Laboratory, claims the lab, which is a psychic testing ground, is revealing some interesting data. Several years ago, five mediums that Schwartz refers to as the "Dream Team" were flown to Tucson and put through a battery of tests. Most psychics scored 83 percent in revealing personal details about others, when asking yes or no questions.

When asked if any of his "Dream Team" will take Amazing Randi's challenge for the $1 million prize, he answers that Randi is an eternal skeptic who will never convert, no matter what evidence confronts him, so it is unlikely.


SOURCES:

Barrett, Greg. USA Today, 20 June 2001.



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arlynegreybear
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Jan 16, 2007 @ 2:14 pm
FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS I HAVE BEEN VISITED AND TALKED BY MY DEAD REALTIVES BUT THAT TIME THEY VISIT ME ALL QUWSTIONS GO OUT OF MY MIND TIO ASK THEM BUT THEY DO TELL ME HOW FAR THEY HAD TO TRAVEL . aNOTHER THING THEY SHOW ME THINGS THAT ARE GOING TO HAPPEN IN THE FUTURE BUT I DON'T HAVE A NAME WITH THE INCUDENTS THAT WILL HAPPEN AND WHAT DAY OR TIME BUT IT WILL HAPPEN . AND I STILL HAVE A PERSON LEAVING WITH ME WHO IS NOT REAL BUT DEAD IT IS A MAN AND LITTLE KITTEN OR ANIMAL LIVES WITH ME ALSO .I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO MAKE OF THIS LIFE I HAVE WITH THE DEAD .
chas
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May 28, 2007 @ 12:00 am
For the last 4 yrs I have had paranormal things happen to me. First my computer would come on and play music. Then I started seeing images then I started hearing people talk. It seems my gift is getting stronger. I am able to talk to these spirts and they tell me what is going to happen sometimes. There is calm ones and then there are some that is quite evil. Other people have heard them when i was around so i know it isn't a mental illness. Evil spirts tend to leave when I am around good people or ones i Love. Also sometimes I can tell what kind of spirit is in a person because they like to show themselves to me. Often I hear them talking to themselves asking who I am.
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Jul 27, 2007 @ 11:11 am
well i am 17 but i have had this gift for ever and i have always tried to block it out. i dont like it cuz it aint me but yeah when i was five i think that is when i started, i only saw evil spirits and remember how little kids used to have imaginary friends well i was one of them but to me he was imaginary..well lets just say that things got bad when only bad spirits wanted to hurt me and then i just started to ignore the fact that i had this gift. no one knows that i do!! but yeah okay i have a story i have been livin in a house for about ten years and i have this spirit that is very active but mostly in the fall he doesnt hurt me but he dont like my brother at all and does all of this crazy stuff to make him. at first no one believed me untill things started to happen to them but he mostly like to bother me and this one time i saw him he was this dark figure that had a manly figure and he had no face....he was all black he scared the crap out of me and now i just have to learn to live with him here..but yeah now things have been gittin worse well let me tell u i have this aunt that used to be so mean to me and i told her the day that she died that she would regret the way she acted that she would never be able to rest in peace....well to speed things up i had this dream and she was standing next to my friends and i could see her and she was very angry well she said to me i am dead no one can see me but u and then she said every one here is dead and then i saw all of these people they werent that visible but they were there and then i tried to wake up but then i heard them all say so many things and some of them started to scream i was awake but i couldnt move or scream i held my eyes shut and i felt hands all over my body and my ears started to ring and they made me like parallyzed for like 30 seconds the whole time i heard them talkin and i felt like prickles all over my body...but then i got up off the bed and told them to go away but by that time i had my whole room active like i could here them and things were being moved and they would throw a object or to across the room i ended prayin and it calmed down and i couldnt go to sleep so i ended goin in my moms room and layed down in her bed i just want to know what the hell this is and if it will get worse..help me please cuz everything that i said is all true!!!
Mel
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Oct 15, 2007 @ 10:10 am
Cat.
Theres no reason why you should have to constantly go through this.Its sounds to me like you are a natural born medium.You mentioned 'It 'aint me!!',..I think it is.
You must first accept that you have this gift,then you can take steps to control it.
Dont be afraid of whats happening to you,There are endless places you can go to learn to control your gift.You must take the first step or you'll go through life tormented by these entities.
My advice to you is seek out the nearest Spiritual Church,and go and speak to the people that are in charge.Spiritualists are beautiful people,kind,considerate and in tune with the gift you seem to possess.
Tell them whats been happening,and for how long.They will help you understand whats happening to you and why?.They also hold to key to helping you control your gift,and they can teach you ways of channeling the good and blocking the bad spirits that torment you.
You shouldnt hide this gift,you are going through this alone,and theres no need.You must be very scared.
I've always been a little bit psychic,I've had prophetic dreams and have predicted certain things that have since,come to pass,but when my best friend died suddenly last july,then spoke to me in my bedroom a few weeks later I realised that I have a certain kind of gift.Now I want to develop it,so I can control it better.
Dont be alone,knowledge is the key...I wish you well.
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May 29, 2010 @ 6:18 pm
I have been talking to what I thought were dead people since 1977. I don't believe in this BS
Steve Hawkins indicated that there are at least 14 dimensions or more. So there must be someone there, that we talk to and don't under stand what is real and BS so we say we are blessed to talk with our loved ones after death.
Who knows who we talk to in our head
Some things we can not accept (loss of a loved one)
But it is so nice to be able to pass the blame on to someone else (God).
On this earth we seem to die, but I will tell you this unless I am ready for the ZOO and I have been certified sane. We don't die, I have no idea what happens to us when we leave this world. I have a great fear that it might be worse, do you not see all the hate that we have of others in order to make money or just because humans are so stupid.
I live in the past present and future but can't seem to make any sense out of this, so if you are rational and not looking to make a fast dollar, my e-mail is starmaga@aol.com, contact me.
If you are a con artist don't even think you will be able to use my knowledge, you will die.

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