Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Psychic fallout

A lot of "psychic" advice is just harmless twaddle. Some is actually good advice, even if its provenance is fallacious. But some can be profoundly destructive. May Amanda Berry's reappearance put an end to the credulous attention anyone pays to "psychic" Sylvia Browne. Blog post: "Sylvia Browne is the worst person in the world," excerpt:
Like any parent, Louwana Miller was desperate for any news about her daughter, any tiny glimmer of hope. When all the authorities could tell he was that they were still hunting, she eventually turned to less orthodox sources for information and encouragement. A year and a half after Amanda's disappearance  Louwana Miller appeared on an episode of Montel Williams’ syndicated talk show with the self-proclaimed psychic, Sylvia Browne. In front of the live and broadcast audiences, Browne told Miller, "She’s not alive, honey." 
Miller was devastated  She took down her daughter's pictures, cleaned out her room, and gave away many of her belongings. When she died a few years later, her friends said it was of a broken heart.
Also see this article from 2004, just republished: "Amanda Berry is dead, psychic tells her mother on Montel Williams show."

1 comment:

Ray Haupt said...

What an outrage.

It is sad that so many Americans have an irrational faith in charlatans such as Sylvia Browne. Browne, of course, knows that she is a fraud yes without remorse peddles her profitable and self serving nonsense. She does very well from her own financial perspective.

Browne and others of her ilk are certainly worthy of contempt but that contempt might well be extended to enablers such as Montel Williams and his producers and advertisers who very well understand know preposterous Browne and other psychics really are.