Friday, March 18, 2011

#169: Robert Hansen

Robert Hansen is a well-known psychic medium certified by the Forever Family Foundation. You can follow his facebook blog here (his homepage is here). He is most famous, however, for being the host of TLC’s show Paranormal Court in which he “mediate[s] disputes between family members squabbling over possessions left behind by the deceased.”

A recipe for disaster, one assumes. From their press release: “Paranormal Court demonstrates Robert's psychic abilities in solving disputes when two parties come together and agree to be bound by the ruling enlisted from the other side”, and “Paranormal Court is about helping families in their time of need”. Hardly. But I am sure it “presses emotional buttons”. This author for Technorati is skeptical of the program, but for exactly the wrong reasons.

Diagnosis: Not as despicably influential as Sylvia Browne, but there are enough people out there who think being open-minded means being gullible (and that being non-gullible is wrong) and are as a consequence prevented from talking sense into people who are actually gullible enough to let Robert ruin their lives. Tragic.

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