Month: January 2007

Skeptiko – podcast about psi research

I’ve come along an interesting new podcast (audio recording), titled “Skeptiko”. It is described as “Balanced discussion of new scientific discoveries and the methods for validating them.“ This podcast is run by Alex and currently has the first interview published. The interview is with Dr. Rupert Sheldrake, a famous biologist, researching various psi phenomena. I’ve written about Rupert’s works in Experiments of Rupert Sheldrake, Telephone telepathy experiments of Rupert Sheldrake and Can you sense being stared at?. The second (not yet released podcast) is with Dr. Dean Radin, about whom I’ve also written on this site. Among other things, Dr. Radin also speaks of his spoon bending experience and issues with psi research and experiments. Listen to the interviews on the Skeptiko...

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Acupuncture is beneficial and cost effective for lower back pain

British Medical Journal published a study where acupuncture treatment was used to treat lower back pain and compared its health and cost effectiveness of regular treatments. The study was conducted for two years and pain levels were recorded at regular intervals. At 12 months, patients in the acupuncture group showed a small benefit in pain scores compared to patients receiving usual care. Stronger evidence was observed for an increased benefit at 24 months. At three months, patients in the acupuncture group were significantly more likely to be ‘very satisfied’ with their treatment compared with usual care, and with their overall care, but showed no such difference in satisfaction with information received. At 24 months, the acupuncture group were more likely to report reduced worry about their back pain, less likely to report current use of pain medication for their back, and more likely to report no pain for the past 12 months. Another paper by the same researchers showed that acupuncture was more cost effective than regular treatment to the government. Having a problem with lower back pain myself and being treated with acupuncture (with Tui-Na massage, which is an integral part of Traditional Chinese Medicine) I can personally testify the effectiveness of this...

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Sylvia Browne made a cruel false prediction

Sylvia Browne, a very known psychic reader in the US, made a very unpleasant prediction about the possible fate of Shawn Hornbeck. Shawn was kidnapped at the age of 11, in late 2002. Sylvia appeared on TV on the “Montel Williams Show” in February 2003 and told Shawn’s parents that he was dead and advised as to where to search for his body, which has led to shifting search team’s efforts in that direction. It’s painful to imagine how the family must have lost all hope after her reading. This January Shawn was found alive just miles from his home living with a man who’s kidnapped him. The family of the kid also tells that Sylvia tried to offer more advice at the rate of $700 for half an hour. This story doesn’t make a good reputation to the psychics. Sylvia Browne is famous psychic, appearing on TV, writing books on the subject, who’s been many times accused of being a fraud. I don’t know enough about doing psychic readings but it surely doesn’t look well. What are your thoughts of Sylvia Browne and of psychic readings in general? For more detailed information about this incident you can read She told them boy was dead from NY daily...

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Interview with Bonnie Adam – Reiki master and psychic reader

I’m glad to announce my fifth interview for Today I’m posting the interview of Bonnie Adam. Bonnie is a Tibeten -Usui and Karuna® Reiki Master, and also does psychic readings. She started reading professionally about 8 years ago. She read for friends for a few years before that. She has been doing Reiki for about 7 years and teaching Reiki and workshops for 3 years. She has an office in lovely downtown Guelph, Ontario, Canada. For more information about Bonnie go to She try to update them frequently, but the kids, the dog, her partner and her business do require quite a bit of attention. Enjoy it. How have you discovered that you want to be a healer and a psychic? Did you develop your psychic power or was discovered “by accident”? I have had ‘psychic’ experiences since childhood. I would be aware of spiritual beings, and I would hear things and see things that others did not. It was quite confusing as a child as I would be told by the adults around me that I was imagining things. I eventually seemed to have shut down my abilities, but they returned quite strongly when I was in my late teens. I would be aware of the spirits, and I would know that they were trying to communicate with me. It took a few years of practice...

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James Randi attacks Uri Geller again

If you don’t know who Uri Geller is then you’re probably on the wrong blog. But, just in case, I’ll give a short description. Uri Geller is an Israel born psychic (so he claims) who mostly lives in UK for the last 20 or more years. Geller was a huge phenomenon during the 1970ies when he conquered the international stage by displaying feats of telekinesis and psychic extra-sensory perception, mostly by performing spoon bending and similar stunts. He also was verified by several researchers in US and, apparently found genuine. After his huge success he lowered his profile, partly after an unfortunate appearance on a TV show where he was asked to display his abilities without his prior knowledge. In any way, Uri Geller is one of the most controversial figures in the parapsychology community. James Randi is a stage magician and the most known sceptic of any paranormal phenomena. He is also the head of an international association of skeptics. In the past Randi has furiously attacked Uri Geller, along with other people who claimed to be psychic. Randi even wrote a whole book on Uri Geller titled Truth About Uri Geller. In this book Randi describes how all of Geller’s “tricks” can be performed using ordinary stage magic. More than anything James Randi is known for what’s called “Randi’s million dollars challenge”, where he promises to give...

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