BP Oil Spill: Just Wondering Where the Psychics Are…

May 26, 2010

As I write this, we are well over a month into what is shaping up to be the worst oil spill in American history, and I have to wonder where the hell all the psychics are. I asked the same thing in a blog a few months ago about the obvious and glaring worthlessness of psychics in helping keep America safe from terrorism, and also in helping earthquake victims in Haiti. Every time an event of national or global importance occurs in which psychic power could prove itself useful in averting or minimizing catastrophe, psychics are conspicuously silent.

With thousands of self-proclaimed psychics out there, from $20 palm readers to high-profile media darlings like convicted felon Sylvia Browne, you'd think that some of them would care enough about others (not to mention the environment) to use their powers to help out. Why didn't at least one psychic come forward to warn the world about this disaster ahead of time? All those New Orleans psychics somehow missed this?

Even though the BP oil spill apparently took the world's psychics by surprise, perhaps they could focus their powers to guide us to the most effective way to stop the oil. Presumably one of the many solutions that are being tried will finally stem the flow of the toxic oil; a person who truly has psychic powers could do wonderful things by leading us directly to the correct answer. A real psychic would be a global hero, saving countless fish and wildlife in the Gulf, helping keep the oceans and marshes free of oily sludge, and potentially saving billions of dollars in economic damage.

To be honest, I'm surprised more people aren't asking the same question. Why is it that psychics are happy to tell your future about an upcoming romance or career change, but when it comes to genuinely important information about real things that could help real people and save lives, they have nothing to offer?

I don't think this is a snarky or unfair question; on the contrary, it is a perfectly legitimate, valid, and reasonable one to ask anyone who claims to be psychic. If psychics can see the future, why do tragedies like airplane crashes and mine disasters and massive oil spills come as a surprise? Surely out of the thousands and thousands of self-proclaimed psychics, at least one would be able to reliably and consistently give accurate, valid information?

I believe that people who claim to have psychic powers should be asked—after each and every accident , tragedy, and national disaster—to publically explain why they failed to warn the world and save innocent lives.

Still, if psychics can't or won't help locate abducted children—even those who have been repeatedly raped and confined for nearly 20 years, like Jaycee Dugard—then I guess we can't expect that they will do more than remind us that Grandma loves us.


#1 Pau (Guest) on Thursday May 27, 2010 at 6:44am

Why waste your time wondering about psychics?

#2 Kritikos on Thursday May 27, 2010 at 7:13am

Interesting. There has also been a shortage of post-facto woo-woo on this event. As I noted in my blog, self-appointed prophets have not come forward to tell us why God made this disaster happen. A plausible explanation that I heard was that fundamentalists don’t care about merely environmental disasters.

#3 Kritikos on Thursday May 27, 2010 at 7:15am

As to the failure of psychics to see this one coming, you may appreciate the photograph on this page: Fail of the Week.

#4 Kathy Orlinsky on Thursday May 27, 2010 at 11:19am

I believe that people who claim to have psychic powers should be asked—after each and every accident , tragedy, and national disaster—to publically explain why they failed to warn the world and save innocent lives.

That would be awesome!  And how about if religious representatives were asked to explain god’s thought process about each event?  After all, they seem to be pretty clear on exactly what god thinks.

#5 Anthony McCarthy (Guest) on Friday May 28, 2010 at 9:18am

Wouldn’t a better question be, why didn’t the “skeptics” point out that those scientists and activists who have been warning about this kind of disaster (and pointing out the continued occurrence of oil gushers) ignored?

Why not question the use of “science” to assure the regulators and placate the media into looking the other way?  Isn’t that kind of “science” pseudo-science, as proven by reality? 

This is about as cheap a use of a disaster as the use of the Haiti earthquake by “skepticism” was.

#6 Stormy Fairweather (Guest) on Monday May 31, 2010 at 6:49am

Why haven’t all psychics already won the lottery or broke a few casinos and retired to lives of luxury?

While we are at it; why have they not cured cancer, figured out a way around the space/time limitation on spatial velocity, or even call thier victe… customers rather than waiting for them to call?

The answer to all the above, and this article is simple: You cannot reason with the unreasonable.

#7 ZenMonkey (Guest) on Tuesday June 01, 2010 at 3:00pm

It’s not psychic, but it’s just as powerful:

#8 ZenMonkey (Guest) on Tuesday June 01, 2010 at 3:01pm

...sorry, missed the part about not posting URLs. Just Google “Oil Spill Prayer” and it’s the first hit.

Not even a link to donate to any Gulf Coast rescue efforts, just another way people can do absolutely nothing and think they’ve helped. Feh.

#9 Grumpy Old Man (Guest) on Tuesday June 01, 2010 at 3:28pm

What I want to know is why one of them doesn’t get in touch with Fermat to find out the proof of his last theorem.

#10 Skeptical And Believer (Guest) on Thursday June 03, 2010 at 8:37am

It is a good question but at the same time, it cannot be denied that some psychics do put their powers to good use catching criminals and are successful.  I don’t think psychic powers work the way you describe. There are different types of psychic abilities also. I don’t think a person can be 100% aware of all things in the world ALL THE TIME. There are very very few predictor people who have that ability. But even then, a person has to sleep.

#11 Benjamin Radford on Friday June 04, 2010 at 7:43am

“It is a good question but at the same time, it cannot be denied that some psychics do put their powers to good use catching criminals and are successful.”

It certainly CAN be denied! I and many others including Joe Nickell and Gary Posner have been looking for real cases of psychic detectives for years, without success. In fact last year I investigated the “best case” for psychic detectives, and it turned out to be without merit.

#12 CARLA J (Guest) on Sunday June 06, 2010 at 8:44pm

I don’t think a psychic has the responsibility to tell anyone when they are going to die, or that something is going to happen so badly that a person would change the course of their destiny and alter history.  2012 is less than a year and a half away, and I believe that we are going to die in a huge global disaster.  However, if I were to tell you how we were all going to die, we might try to stop the disaster that is going to elevate the human race to a new consciousness.  Therefore, when we are all weakened by the petro-carbon poisoning to the point where we are no longer able to fight the effects of the pending holocaust, death will come as a sweet relief rather than a feared disaster.

#13 Pau (Guest) on Monday June 07, 2010 at 2:25am

To pretend to foresee the futurperceptione back and forth in
the time coordinate without changing your essence, and if that would happen it is no longer the same you which is in two places.
Any attempt by a pretended psychic to change the future through an action in the present, would
imply that what he has “psyched”, is not the future.
What a useless discussion!

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#16 Kaylee (Guest) on Wednesday June 09, 2010 at 10:38am

First of all, I believe everyone is psychic—you just need to tap into that part of your brain. If you accept that it is true it will manifest in your life. I have psychic dreams that come true in a week or month basis .. I also have premonitions during the day of things that will happen within 24 hours. I do not control these, I cannot sit there and ask myself questions about the future. I suspect there are some psychics that are incredibly skilled with their powers but I also suspect there are many phonies.

I did not have any dreams of this oil spill prior, but since I have been having completely horrid dreams about the future. This oil spill could very well be the end of America and our lives. I am not sure if there is anything we can do about it… unless a countless number of Americans wake up!. Seriously, wake up people. Stop being ignorant to the darkness and evil present everywhere. If only things were simpler.. but I believe we are at the dawn of the end, and it is all self imposed.

#17 Pau (Guest) on Thursday June 10, 2010 at 2:19am

You tap into that part of your brain. Wish you could tell me which part it is and what do you tap it with.
And how does that peculiar par of your brain connect to a future that has not yet happened? Or is the future already determined before hand and if it is so determined your warnings are wasted? If we do something to change what has not yet happened and therefore it does not happen, then your premonitions are wrong.
Good luck with you dreams.

#18 Kaylee (Guest) on Saturday June 12, 2010 at 12:37am

I didn’t say what I believe is the absolute truth and of course you would have questions. Life is ~mysterious~ like that. I just know a few times a month I have dreams that mimic future moments I live entirely. When I change things horrible luck follows but I think eventually everything meets up again. The future may be predetermined but I also think we can alter it to an extent.

#19 Pau (Guest) on Saturday June 12, 2010 at 3:53am

“I also think we can alter it to an extent”; if you can alter it, it is no longer the future. You were kidding yourself.
If you define “mysterious” as something you don’t know
or you don’t understand, then the problem becomes purely semantical.

#20 tania (Guest) on Saturday June 12, 2010 at 5:00am

ok i dreamt it about a month before.i didnt even know what an oil rig looks like (i had a feeling it was oil rig so googled pics of oil rigs and sure enough….).now im just a chick from australia who has often had pysch ability,enough to blow a few people away.but i need help.for example after seeing the footage in real life on the news of what i dreamt(keep in mind ive never travelled overseas),in my dream i actually thought i was in queensland because it was hot ,had palm trees and i was in bathers.i couldnt understand why i was standing on shore the oil rig in front of me and city the other side,but now i know its a gulf.mmmmm funny how my tidal wave dreams have stopped since the boxing day wave,i havent had a fire dream since going through the black saturdays ,before the fires i had 3 or 4 fire dreams.mmmmm wonder what i will dream about tonight.one hasnt come true god i wish it would,the one where im patting lions and tigers

#21 tania (Guest) on Saturday June 12, 2010 at 5:07am

oh and if i could warn people who is gunna listen to little old me ,and where would i say it.also about the abducted kid stuff i havent ever had a dream like that,nor do i see dead people.
what should i have done ring the oil company and tell them my concerns.
i dont know about others but i dont get to pick when it happens it just does.
a couple years back dreamt of an american dime in the sky,the uncle sam picture and the coca cola sign,could this have been the global financial crisis???

#22 Kaylee (Guest) on Saturday June 12, 2010 at 10:20am

Your replies to me come off as if you think you are more knowledgeable on the universe and how it works than I. Cool that you think that but neither of us are right. Who is to say that the future isn’t already written but changeable? You? Do you remember the choose your own ending books?

#23 guest (Guest) on Monday June 14, 2010 at 4:23pm

It doesn’t exactly take a psychic to establish that this kind of rip-mining will inevitably lead to disaster. Where money comes as first priority, all critics (whether psychic, scientific, skeptic or just plain ordinary people) are silenced.

Foresight will not necessarily give you the exact moment when the worn-through rope breaks; but it points at the worn part and warns. The reaction most “Cassandras” get is one of two:  Either they are laughed at and put down as gloomy “conspiracy theorists”, “Eye-ore’s” and whatever else; or they are bribed and threatened to silence by those who stand to lose money if anyone listens to the “predictions”. 

It is easy for those who lack foresight, to jeer at those who have given up saying something, after the fact.  Will YOU stand personally responsible for not listening to the warnings, and carrying on happily and ignoring the gloomy predictions?

There is a continental fault-line running along the west coast of America.  It causes earthquakes on a boringly regular basis. Earthquakes cause tidal waves and volcanic eruptions.  Sometimes volcanoes erupt without a prior earthquake. All these are well documented.  Yet people insist on living in those high-risk areas?  Who needs psychic predictions? It is too obvious for words. 

Instead of finding someone to bash after the fact, why don’t you start an initiative to break the economic tyranny of the oil companies and bring back the Electric Car?  Not the hybrid.  The Zero Emissions Vehicle.

#24 guest (Guest) on Monday June 14, 2010 at 4:44pm

“oh and if i could warn people who is gunna listen to little old me ,and where would i say it.”  Tania you have nailed it.  Regardless how psychic (or “common sense”) predictions work; nobody believes them until they have come true and then they turn to the “medium” and say, “why didn’t you warn us”.

All this ridicule over the natural ability to put subliminal clues into a coherent picture and call it a prediction.

#25 guest (Guest) on Monday June 14, 2010 at 4:49pm

#26 angrybutterfly (Guest) on Friday June 18, 2010 at 12:38pm

Here is something interesting for you. I am an inventor,  During a psychic reading, remote viewing, it was predicted or foresaw, that at some date in the future, this was in (1994), that I would have an invention that would help solve the oil spill problem. Does anyone know who I should call? I would give my number on here but maybe I shouldn’t. I posted a couple other places on the internet but no one has contacted me yet.

#27 Pau (Guest) on Saturday June 19, 2010 at 3:24am

“At some date in the future” anything and everything will happen.

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