Sunday, November 26, 2006

ABC Supports Woo. Again.

Thursday nights on ABC TV at 8PM is the science slot, normally occupied by Catalyst. During the summer break, however, another documentary takes its place: Psychic Investigators.

When Rachel's body was found buried in the woods Micco was shocked by the accuracy of Weber's visions. Against his superior's orders Micco asked the psychic to help him find the killer who by now had disappeared.

After the demise of the comedy show Second Opinion (after which this blog is affectionately named as a tribute) in the wake of its well deserved Bent Spoon Award from the Australian Skeptics, EoR thought the ABC had learnt its lesson. Obviously not. Elsewhere the actual real true scientific of the paranormal is stated:

Real-life detective thrillers take on a supernatural turn in Psychic Investigators, a documentary series about actual dramatic crimes that are solved through the unlikely combination of hi-tech detective work and the paranormal powers of a psychic.

Which would make interesting viewing, except for the slight error that no psychic has ever demonstrated paranormal powers.

The presentation of fantasy as science to a public already increasingly mislead about the difference between the two (think Origin of Species as opposed to Harry Potter) has also created a minor flurry at the JREF Forums.

EoR feels his own psychic powers being enhanced by this impending woo: he sees a world in which every crap secondrate "psychic" claims their stageshow is real because the ABC showed "scientific proof". Sigh.

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