Nurturing Skepticism in the Grieving: Mark Tilbrook

Ed Brayton of Freethought Blogs summarizes the story of British skeptic Mark Tilbrook offering grieving people the tools with which they can assess the claims of a “psychic.” A particular “psychic” and her spouse are making him pay for his courage and compassion with threats and a lawsuit. Here is the original flyer he distributed to audience members going to see the “psychic.”


Grief Beyond Belief supports Tilbrook’s campaign. Most of us in our community know how to see through the cold reading razzmatazz and saccharine to the truth: it is not possible for anyone to talk with or for dead people because following death there is no consciousness with whom to talk. However, in the depths of grief, even the usually skeptical can be vulnerable to the temptation to believe. Tilbrook has stepped forward to help prevent the grieving from being manipulated and exploited. And we thank him.









One response to “Nurturing Skepticism in the Grieving: Mark Tilbrook”

  1. Bob Burt says:

    ANYONE claiming to be psychic is in one, or both, of only TWO states.
    1) A CON ARTIST.
    How many of the con artists display the disclaimer, “For entertainment purposes only”?
    In any event, they should not be permitted to influence the feeble-minded or vulnerable people who might believe such nonsense!
    Whilst most of them look and sound incredibly stupid to those with more than two firing synapses, one can only assume these thieves they simply don’t care because they are making so much money,.
    Trying to con others is one thing but, if you are trying to fool yourself, you need urgent help.
    (Incidentally, if YOU are one of the many people who genuinely believe in such garbage, I defend your absolute right to believe in whatever nonsense you chose, no matter how stupid. However, it is highly recommended you seek urgent help immediately.)
    NOW, at last, YOU can actually DO something positive! Click the link above and sign the petition!
    Join the campaign to stop these evil individuals stealing from so many such unfortunate individuals. Email your M.P. and request the issue be raised in parliament to prohibit these thieves from advertising or performing.
    If ALL thieves should be imprisoned, why does the government condone this huge (and growing) group of con artists stealing with impunity? They should also be imprisoned and their vast profits applied to support victims. It’s nothing short of legalised theft!
    The truth is posted everywhere that these con artists should be in PRISON like ANY con artist so isn’t it strange why they never try to sue me if they claim they really possess such a supernatural skill ? !

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