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Throughout the morning several other people came away equally convinced that Mr D possessed uncanny powers. After a spot of lunch, Mr D watched the recordings of his readings and explained more about his abilities. It proved a fascinating and eye-opening experience. In just a few hours Mr D not only provided a rare glimpse into the world of the professional psychic, but also revealed how almost anyone could learn to develop such powers. At the end of the day Mr D packed away his Tarot cards and said goodbye.
Following hot on the heels of the ‘Lake Wobegon’ effect, and ‘Dartmouth Indians versus the Princeton Tigers’ effect, is the third key principle of cold reading, the ‘Doctor Fox’ effect. 3. The Creation of Meaning Look at the symbol below. If the letter ‘A’ is placed on one side of the symbol and the letter ‘C’ on the other, and the number ‘12’ above the symbol and the number ‘14’ below, the mysterious symbol shape-shifts between being the letter ‘B’ and the number ‘13’. All of this nicely illustrates a fundamental quirk of the human perceptual system.
Then she said something that had a huge impact on my career. Instead of examining whether such phenomena were genuine, she explained that she thought it more worthwhile to investigate why people experienced these strange sensations. Why did mothers think that they were in telepathic communication with their children? Why did people believe that they had seen a ghost? Why were some people so certain that their destiny was written in the stars? Suddenly, the penny dropped. Before then I hadn’t seriously considered carrying out any research into paranormal phenomena.
Paranormality: Understanding the Science of the Supernatural by Richard Wiseman