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.