Skepticism on TV? Yup.

Skepticism on TV? Yup.

Skepticism on TV? Yup.

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July 16 2008 10:24 AM

Skepticism on TV? Yup.

For all the people who doled out grief to my friend Richard Saunders for being on a TV show in Australia looking for psychics, I give you this clip:


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It shows Richard stating one of the most basic of logical misuses by psychics: remembering the hits and forgetting the misses. And he does it politely, even respectfully, making him appear to be -- gasp -- a nice guy and not a baby-eating skeptic.

Just like I said he would.

Now of course the show will be edited to make the psychics look good and all that, but my hope still is that skeptics will be shown to not be all jerks, and that some skeptical content will osmosify into the brains of believers.

That's the goal folks. Get people thinking. And I think Richard will do just that.

However, we can't judge the show until we see it. I'm hoping to be able to watch it so I can talk about it more, but it may be a while. Stay Tuned.