I belong to a student club at my university called the UNCG Atheists Agnostics and Skeptics. We’ve been around for about three years now, and keep growing each year. Part of the reason is because we set up a table to hand out information to interested students, and maintain a visible presence. Last week, a young lady from Sweden approached the table, and alleged to be psychic, and has asked to do “readings” of several of our members. Obviously, as a group of mostly naturalists, we found her claims both intriguing and preposterous, so we agreed.
She claims that her specific ability is to make some sort of predictions about a person’s health, without seeing them, but while being in a room with them for 30 minutes. Her specific criteria require that the room be completely silent, with no talking or other noise, that the “subject” be seated in a chair facing one wall, and that she be seated behind the subject in another chair several feet away, facing the other wall. Over the course of the thirty minutes she and the subject spend in the room, she will write down her predictions about the health of the subject. So far, she’s been rather vague about what health issues she will cover; whether it includes predictions of cancer, simple things like high blood pressure or asthma, mental conditions, etc.
One of our members suggested that she will simply try to listen to the subject and guess things about them. For example, someone with asthma should have somewhat labored breathing, which may be something she can pick up on.
So I come here asking for advice; we’ve never tried to debunk a psychic before, and find ourselves relatively unsure what to do. I’ve provided about as much information as she has given us so far, but feel free to ask about anything I may not have covered, and if I can, I’ll answer. Please, of course, give us suggestions.