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Submission + - Thinking Critically: The Year 2013's Failed and Forgotten Psychic Predictions (relativelyinteresting.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: Another year has come and gone, and with it, a slew of failed and forgotten psychic predictions. Each year, the world’s “leading” psychics give us their predictions in January, and then they are reviewed one year later to see how accurate they were.

The Psychic “industry” is worth about 2 billion dollars, growing 2% per year, with almost 80,000 businesses in the field (almost equal to the number of employees, so probaly safe to assume that many are individual psychics). That’s a whole lot of people who are claiming to know about a whole lot of things.

And yet, psychics don’t have any real advantage over everyone else in society (other than being pretty good at cold reading). You don’t see psychics ruling the world, winning the lottery, solving impossible crimes They don’t provide any real value to those who seek them, and more often than not, their agenda is financial.

Some legitimately believe in their powers – perhaps blinded by faith and hope. Others willfully lie, cheat, take advantage, and provide false hope to their victims – who are often those who need the most help.

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Thinking Critically: The Year 2013's Failed and Forgotten Psychic Predictions

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