Craig Browning said:
I DO NOT, NOR HAVE I EVER CLAIMED TO HAVE SPECIAL POWERS.
Yet on his website, he clearly states:
Craig Browning was in fact born with a peculiar bio-electro-magnetic syndrome and cannot wear watches, etc. without causing them to become magnetized.
Uh, this isn't a "special" power? And I don't know that I've met one person among the hundreds I've known to have what you call "Bio-electrocal Magnetic syndrome" [sic].
Ahem. Simply stating something as fact does not make it so!
Craig's web site also states:
The main thing he has discovered to date, is that the majority of those manifesting such "Psychic" ability tend to host the same bio-electro-magnetic oddity about themselves and too, the majority tend to host forms of dyslexia and Attention Deficit Disorder while similarly revealing near genius level potential (in latter life...
Along with the previous statements we are told to accept as "facts," we would love to see some credible research to back up these statements.
But I have this feeling it won't be coming, since Craig is absent in the department of where his "credentials" were conferred:
Craig Browning is a noted Psychic Counselor & Ordained Minister of Metaphysical thought hosting a Life-Achievement based Doctorates Degree in Religion, Religious History & Philosophy, and as such a very strong believer in things Psychic, Paranormal and esoteric.
(By the way -- I'm trying to figure out exactly what this means. "Life-Achievement Based Doctorates Degree?" And who exactly "ordained" him? My wife is "ordained" through the Universal Life Church. It required a .32 cent stamp. She's marrying some friends of ours in September...)
Bare in mind, I'm an old carnie that comes from an old carnie influence... My grandfather worked the circuit and ran flim flams for years... I've been on stage and working the scams in one mode or another since I was a kid... one of my first jobs in show biz was working in side shows for Ward Hall and even Bobby Reynolds once or twice.
Ward Hall and Bobby Reynolds are great guys -- but announcing that you've got a carny background is hardly the thing to inspire confidence in your claims. Speaking of which:
The excuse that "Extradordinary claims require extraordinary proof" has been used by various cults (Politcal & Religious) for thousands of years simple to sustain the position of the status quo... an embodiment whose piety prevents it from seeing its own limitations and falshoods, let alone the injustice its dogmatic philosophy imposes upon those believing and living outside said cube.
Uh, since I posted the "excuse" about extraordinary claims, let me step in here to say, "WHOA!" I covered Louis Farrakhan for a while, and I have to say I haven't heard such a blatant statement of generalities to back up a lame argument since those days. If you say you can fly, that's an extraordinary claim. It isn't up to us
to prove it, it's up to you, bud. And just closing a curtain around yourself and having your head pop up over it isn't going to suffice.
The statement "Extraordinary claims requires extraordinary proof" is made by a skeptical scientific community tired of being subject to pogroms, torture and imprisonment for flying in the face of religious and mystical dogma. You've got it the wrong way around, dude, and claiming the mantle of victim isn't going to get you off the hook. Galileo was the one forced to recant Copernican theories when he told the Catholic church that the earth revolved around the sun -- and it took the church 350 years to admit it was wrong. The status quo is the one making the "extraordinary claims" -- and you're just using a lot of language and B.S. to try and justify getting people to spend two bucks a minute for your "psychic readings," $45 for your course in "Astral Travel" or maybe you can hit the trifecta if you get a college to buy your "Alternative Religions 101" course:
[from his website]:
In address to these concerns Craig Browning has devised a complete first year course of study now available to Universities that offer in-depth Humanities programs as well as theosophical/thological studies.
So, to conclude, Craig says:
Not to rude, but until you put your butt on the line, have had your livlihood and life nearly put to an end as the result of your investigations, BUG OFF! You haven no clue what's really going on!
Pardon the attitude, but I get real tired of having to go thru this in every forum. When I know I'm not alone on what is being said.
Not to be rude, but when you step into a magician's forum to back up a credulous charlatan like John Edward, then make credulous statements of dubious fact about both your abilities and the scientific world at large, back up your assertions by noting your associations with sideshow performers, claim victimhood when called on the carpet about it, and then cop a 'tude when all of this is questioned by a roomful of people who, um, FOOL PEOPLE FOR A LIVING
, well, you kinda get what you asked for.
big happy smiles, y'all!