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18 April, 2008

Didn't see that coming

Excellent!  Having duly teased out the entrails of a ceremonial raven, the BBC has received the message that forthcoming consumer protection legislation is likely to replace the 'Fraudulent Mediums Act (1951)' (itself successor to the 1735 Witchcraft Act) and hence reform the occult: mediums, psychics and spiritualist healers may face prosecution if they cannot justify their claims.

[Update 19/04/08: Here's Ben Goldacre's 'Bad Science' opinion, which cites a wonderfully illustrative quote from the Independent's coverage:

While few dispute that there are some con men operating big money schemes, supporters say there is a genuine need to liaise with dead friends and relatives.
Prove it. Objectively and verifiably (i.e. in a way reproducible by independent researchers), prove it works.]

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