Can you find a connection between the words “I’m supposed to talk about a hummingbird” and yourself?

Hummingbird An article by Jim Underdown, in the December 2014 Skeptical Inquirer, gives a nice example of how the unsuspecting public can be unduly impressed by seemingly specific statements from purported psychics. Underdown’s article explains how this, and other so-called ‘cold reading’ techniques can mislead the public. Matters are made worse by TV programme editors. If you encounter a psychic reader, bear these techniques in mind!  Click here for the full report. (Photo is of a male Ruby Topaz hummingbird, courtesy of Southampton Camera Club.)

About Caroline Watt

Prof Caroline Watt is a founder member of the Koestler Parapsychology Unit.
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