skepticblog summarise the story at http://skepticblog.org/2010/06/19/one-down-thousands-to-go/ of Ramon Volz and his approach to ABC with regard to “medium” Kelli Faulkner. Great stuff. But it got me thinking about the role of “mediums”.
Do mediums really believe in the stuff they peddle or are they deliberately lying to gain benefit for themselves? Regardless, whatever they sell must be provable, surely? If they are unable to provide credible and verifiable evidence should criminal proceedings be taken against them? As no such evidence has been provided despite all the vast sums expended on research and the vast sums of money on offer, I can only surmise that these people are deluded or criminal; I think the consensus is that most are the latter. Why has society become so tolerable to these fraudsters? These people (society and the people making such claims) need to be challenged. So the approach taken by Ramon Volz was brilliant; I’m impressed.
Kelli Faulkner’s website http://www.kellifaulkner.com/ has the headline that her services are:
…to provide emotional help, practical advice and often answers to the families who’s loved ones have gone missing.
When someone goes missing, those left behind find their lives turned upside-down. Much of my work is supporting them through the very practical problems which result from someone going missing.
So, apart from “answers to the families” this seems to be benign, perhaps even beneficial to the grieving. But dig deeper and you’ll see that she calls herself a “spiritual medium” or “spiritual messenger” and all that is implied in such labelling. Don’t fall for it. We need lives based on truth, not on fairy tales, not on superstitions, and not on other lies. Support for the grieving can be achieved through such truths. Go for it.
Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2010