If something someone else believes in which you don’t believe to be true makes you angry, I can think of many things that must simply infuriate you.
I don’t care if someone believes something different than me. I do care when people are swindled, lied to, manipulated, or, as David notes, start killing their children.
As for those experiments and the results with regard to psychic abilities, I might remind you of the double-slit experiment and how science still does not understand how the mere fact of observing or measuring which path the particles will take changes the outcome.
Why would you remind me of something totally untrue? And what does that have to do with anything?
I am aware that at the quantum level the act of observing is affecting the outcome (uncertainty principle), but there still is no understanding as to what the exact element of observing the experiment is that causes the wave/particle conversion. Why does the particle change from wave-form? because it is being observed is the current explanation, but what part of the observation specifically causes the change is not known. Could a radio frequency emitted from recording and observation equipment affect psychic abilities? Could be, who can say it can’t with 100% certainty? Is it possible that some factor not taken into account of in the experiments influenced the outcome? I think it’s fair to say that yes, it is possible. Do we know what that factor is? Nope.
Yes, we know exactly what it is. In order to observe on the quantum level, you have to observe using methods that are large enough to have an influence on the outcome. If I use my eyes to look at a rock, all I have to do is to wait for light bouncing off the rock to get to my eyes. Sure, the light from the lightbulb bombards the rock, but it’s not really affecting it. Conversely, if I want to look at an electron, I can’t do this. I must shoot something at the electron to observe it. (Or allow it to interact with something.) And we certainly don’t have something smaller than an electron on the same scale that a photon is smaller than a rock for me to use. Therefore, my act of observation itself becomes manipulative.
The fact that someone believes in psychics doesn’t make me mad. What does make me mad is the way “psychics” abuse that belief to rake in money and sometimes cause actual harm to their victims/customers. As long as there are people looking for something to believe in, they’ll still be around, and as long as there are people, there will be those who need something to believe in.
Yeah, that makes me truly furious. And the “talking to the dead” people raise the most ire in me.