Skeptic trashes psychic predictions

Local psychic/astrologer, Heather Zais, says the world isn’t going to end this year, after all. That’s a relief!

To the editor:

Re: Kelowna Psychic Offers View of 2012, Jan. 2 Capital News.

Local psychic/astrologer, Heather Zais, says the world isn’t going to end this year, after all. That’s a relief!

Mind you, she does only claim an 80 per cent success rate for her annual predictions. Of course, with her vague, ambiguous offerings almost anything could be called a success. A couple of examples: “Business and financial ideas are promising, as long as they are grounded in reality.” And, “It’s also a year to let go of fruitless pursuits.” That’s so profound. Just absolutely brilliant, I must say. She’s obviously in touch with the spirit world.

But that 80 per cent hit rat is a bit troubling. If she truly is psychic why isn’t she 100 per cent correct all the time?

Maybe Ms. Zais can learn to improve her rate from one of the world’s masters in the art of prognostication when Sylvia Browne comes to Kelowna in March. Though Browne also leaves a little fudge room when claiming her own success rate, just in case she happens to be wrong, which, apparently, is much more often than she generally likes to admit.

Browne’s greatest skill is not in fortune telling, but in enhancing her own fortune by skilfully parting the gullible from their hard-earned money. As much as $140 to attend her appearance here in March; $850 for a 20- to 30-minute ‘reading’ by telephone.

If you think that’s a bit rich, her son, Chris, only charges a mere $500.

I’ll make a prediction of my own for 2012, and it’s free to you, though if it works out I may be tempted to start charging in future.

Here goes. There will be no shortage of psychics, preachers, faith healers and assorted con artists with their sticky fingers in your shrinking piggy bank this year.

Guy King,

Kelowna

 

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