Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Philosophy Wire: Psychics, censorship, true science

Philosophy Wire by Spiros Kakos [2013-02-19]: A psychic television channel faces a fine from media regulator Ofcom after two psychics made claims about Michael Jackson and the police investigation into murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler. The regulator said Psychic Today was in breach of broadcasting rules over two interviews with psychics Jenna and Crystal. Ofcom ruled that both instances were in breach of its broadcasting code, which states that services such as astrology, horoscopes and tarot readings should be advertised "for entertainment purposes" only. [source: web news] This is a weird case of censorship. Science and society should be open to alternative opinions. If we have already decided that psychics are nothing but a hoax (even though in some cases they help the police in investigations), then we are not scientists!

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