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Why didn’t the psychics find Jaycee Dugard?

Postby Nostradamus » 24 Mar 2010, 06:16

From http://www.examiner.com/x-9090-NY-Atheism--Skepticism-Examiner~y2009m9d2-Why-didnt-the-psychics-find-Jaycee-Dugard
You might remember this women that was kidnapped and held for 18 years.

Ben Radford just published an awesome article for LiveScience that addresses the failure of self-proclaimed psychics to find Jaycee Dugard, the now famous kidnapping victim who was abducted 18 years ago when she was 11 years old by Phillip Garrido. Garrido, a very devout Christian, held her captive in his backyard for all that time and made her his sex slave, which led to the birth of two more children who were also prisoners for their entire lives.

But what’s truly baffling is that according to Radford, a “psychic” named Dayle Schear now is claiming Garrido’s capture validates her predictions. Schear a long, long time ago charged Dugard’s family large sums of money for her services and in exchange told them that their daughter was alive (well at least she’s already proven better than Sylvia Browne) and a bunch of cryptic, meaningless nonsense that did not in any way lead to Garrido’s capture or Jaycee being found:


And there’s almost always a prediction about the subject of the search being near water. Who isn’t?


And of course the obvious question is that if Schear’s information had any value at all, at least enough to deserve payment, why then did it take 18 years to find Jaycee, using more down to earth methods?
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Re: Why didn’t the psychics find Jaycee Dugard?

Postby NucleicAcid » 02 Apr 2010, 06:45

Because not all "psychics" are psychic. Most legit psychics are aware of exactly how much information they can obtain. But even with that, they can feel pressure to perform, and they will sometimes just make stuff up. But you also have the cold readers, and the people who think they are psychic because they have a handful of successful coincidences. I wouldn't be able to tell which unless I met this Dayle character in person.
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Re: Why didn’t the psychics find Jaycee Dugard?

Postby ciscop » 02 Apr 2010, 08:44

NucleicAcid wrote:Because not all "psychics" are psychic. Most legit psychics are aware of exactly how much information they can obtain. But even with that, they can feel pressure to perform, and they will sometimes just make stuff up. But you also have the cold readers, and the people who think they are psychic because they have a handful of successful coincidences. I wouldn't be able to tell which unless I met this Dayle character in person.


seems like an excuse...


most likely and plausable (both terms wooist dont seem to like)
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