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Jeanette Wilson Life after death.

Have you ever wondered what happens when you die? Do you believe your soul or spirit will pass over to 'the other side', to the afterlife? Do you believe that psychic mediums like Jeanette Wilson can see and hear the spirits of those that have already died?

Do the spirits of those that have 'passed over' really communicate with her? Or does she simply take advantage of those desperate for news of their dear departed? Does she really have a mysterious link with souls in the afterlife?

No of course not. It's all a scam. Listening and believing in Jeanette Wilson is an utter waste of your time, effort and money.

In this essay I'll show that Wilson's claims that her mediumship skills have been tested by current events TV program '20/20' and her own TV program 'Dare to Believe' are false.

More importantly I'll detail an example where Wilson is caught cheating on her 'Dare to Believe' TV show. Why would a real medium need to cheat?

But do souls and the afterlife even exist? Let's assume for a moment that they do. Have you ever wondered what the afterlife is really like and what dead people might do there every day, for all eternity? Using the descriptions mediums give us, I will explain what the consequences are of believing in the afterlife. Unexpectedly, this leads one to actually hope that the afterlife doesn't exist.

Even though US President Ronald Reagan said "No one who disbelieves in God and in an afterlife can possibly be trusted", and Jeanette Wilson proudly claims, "I See Dead People", I respond with, "I See Dumb People".

Who is Jeanette Wilson?

Jeanette and the weight of the human soul
Jeanette is put to the test
Jeanette is caught cheating

What is the afterlife really like?

Your grandparents are watching you have sex
The body of Adonis?
Back to the Future
How to spend eternity without going mad
Should we contact the afterlife?

Readers' Comments

Who is Jeanette Wilson?

Jeanette Wilson is someone who claims to be a Psychic Medium. That is, she believes in life after death and that she can communicate with these spirits or souls in the afterlife. She moved to New Zealand from the UK in 1999 and now lives in New Plymouth. She travels around the country like a modern day 'snake-oil salesman' peddling her scam. Her website tells us:

"Jeanette is now travelling around New Zealand with partner Andrew, and children, demonstrating that there is life after death; that our loved ones continue to love us and watch over us on the other side of life."

"Jeanette was told of her healing abilities by 'Spirit' 11 years ago when she first awoke to the spiritual side of life... Jeanette is probably best known for her mediumship but her first love was healing. She is a fully qualified healer for the National Federation of Spirtual Healers registered in the UK and New Zealand, a Reiki Master and an NLP Practitioner."

Of course "fully qualified" here carries as much weight as claiming that you're a "fully qualified" witch or a "fully qualified" leprechaun translator. A 'qualification' from a bogus group such as the "National Federation of Spirtual Healers" is as worthless as the fake University degrees that you can order through the mail. Likewise Reiki and NLP have as much scientific support as does the Flat Earth Society. That is, none at all. Reiki is a healing superstition that can be defined as "spiritually guided life force energy". It is very popular among New Age spiritualists and uses rituals that purport to manipulate unseen "spiritual" forces. NLP or Neuro-Linguistic Programming is a silly attempt to change people's behaviour by teaching them to program their brains, they claim to "speak directly to the unconscious mind". Obviously both these silly beliefs are right up Jeanette's alley and complement her belief in the spirit world. All evidence indicates that their proponents are deluded.

Jeanette Wilson also runs sessions on:

"Discovering your Life Purpose, Contacting your Higher Self, Working with Guides & Angels, and Channelling [and gives] psychometry demonstrations."
Again, not only is there is no evidence that any of these things even exist, there is plenty of evidence that they don't. It's easy to run courses on imaginary, invisible things, on fantasies. I would say we that can't see her angels because they don't exist. Wilson would say it's because they are invisible. How convenient.

She has written three books that attempt to support her scam, Medium Rare, Rare Moments and Dare to Believe, and has had her own TV show which screened on TV3. It was also called Dare to Believe, which she describes as:

'Dare to Believe' is a series of ten programmes designed to really put mediumship to the test and to challenge viewers beliefs about the existence of an after life.
Unfortunately this is a blatant lie since the programmes are in no way "designed to really put mediumship to the test". Wilson is not subject to any testing, she is never questioned and the information that she supplies is vague, banal and more often than not, completely wrong.

The advertising banner for the show demonstrated what its producers think of accuracy:

Why did no one notice that 'Questions' was spelt incorrectly, and more importantly, how can you learn about something if people challenge your very questions? Surely Wilson should challenge our views, not our questions? She states the following about 'Dare to Believe':
"People desperately want to believe in an after life and just as desperately do not want to be conned," says Jeanette"
When Jeanette says, "People... desperately do not want to be conned," she is acknowledging that people's experience with mediums normally involves getting conned and that most people claiming this psychic ability are frauds. Yet she gives us no good reason to believe that she is genuine when other mediums are frauds. She also acknowledges that these people are 'desperate', and we all know how easy it is to fool desperate people.

A friend and I went to one of her live shows and were surprised at peoples' perception of her performance. The audience in general appeared to be impressed and those we spoke to afterwards raved about all the connections she made. However their memory of who said what was far removed from reality. We saw her as nothing other than a fake. The information that people thought was coming from 'the other side', was in fact being provided unwittingly by the audience themselves. The enormous number of mistakes she made were quickly forgotten in favour of the occasional educated guess that proved correct. She had one poor young mother in tears who was enquiring about the future of her ill son, yet Wilson told the woman that she didn't even have any children but may have some in the future. The woman was so distraught that she didn't even realise that Wilson was making mistake after mistake. It was embarrassing to watch Wilson take advantage of this desperate woman, who even arranged to get a private (and expensive) reading with Wilson.

She claims compassion and a love for her work, that she wants to 'show people that there is no death, that our loved ones wait for us in a better place', yet she makes no attempt to really help those in need. At the time of the show, two Auckland women were missing and being sort by the police, and several have gone missing since and have yet to be found. Why doesn't Jeanette offer her services? If they have 'passed on' then they could communicate this fact to Jeanette, along with the circumstances of their death. If they're not dead, I'm sure one of the billions of spirits 'watching over us', or one of their departed family, could tell Jeanette where they are. The fact that mediums never ever do this should be proof enough that what they do is a scam. I won't pay another $40 to watch her mislead gullible old ladies, but I would gladly pay her thousands of dollars to save the life of a loved one. Since she refuses to help those desperately in need (and makes a fortune in the process), this demonstrates that she knows she's incapable of delivering useful information.

Jeanette and the weight of the human soul

During Wilson's visit I just caught the end of a Dunedin Channel 9 TV interview with her. Wilson was claiming that scientists have weighed the human soul. The interviewer tried to get her to explain how a spiritual, immaterial soul that contains no mass, and therefore no weight, can be weighed. I don't think Wilson even grasped the problem with her argument, merely stating that she didn't understand the details, but that the scientists knew what they were doing. She couldn't name the scientists, or when or where their experiments were carried out. In fact her belief that the soul has been weighed is an urban myth, and can be traced to a Dr. Duncan MacDougall of Haverhill, Massachusetts. He did attempt this in 1907, but his experiments were flawed and the results are not accepted. He attempted to weigh six patients at the moment of death and any sudden weight loss, he claimed, could be attributed to the departure of their soul. The claimed weight loss of the first patient was approximately 21 grams, and this is where the commonly attributed weight of the human soul comes from. None of the other five deaths gave this weight, some actually losing weight then gaining weight again. He then weighed 15 dogs on their death and none lost weight, proving in his view that animals don't have souls, even though Jeanette Wilson insisted in the same interview that they do have a group soul. She of course wasn't aware that her 'scientist' had run these experiments on dogs as well as humans. Dr. MacDougall then moved on to attempt to photograph the soul with x-rays. Once again he failed. This is another example of believers in the supernatural and paranormal blindly accepting silly myths because they appear to support their beliefs.

For example believers quote scientists such as physicist Sir Oliver Lodge who claimed:

"I tell you we do persist [after our death]. Communication is possible. I have proved that the people who communicate are who and what they say they are. The conclusion is that survival is scientifically proved by scientific investigation."
However they never follow that quote with the following fact:
"Before he died, Sir Oliver Lodge declared that he would prove the existence of an afterlife by making public appearances to the living after his death. Since that event, however, there is no record of him ever having been seen or heard of by any living person."
Believers never quote real scientific evidence simply because there is none. The idea that an immaterial soul exists separate from the body, that our mind and memories can survive the death of the brain is known as mind-brain duality. From both scientific and philosophical viewpoints there is no longer any support for this idea. Your mind is generated by your brain. Damage your brain and your mind is altered. When your brain dies your mind dies with it. There is an enormous amount of evidence that supports this. Saying that you believe in an immaterial soul is child's play, supporting this belief is another matter. A matter that believers seldom concern themselves with.

Jeanette is put to the test

On Jeanette Wilson's homepage of her website there is the following large blue circular image: Jeanette Wilson

She is referring to the current events programme 20/20. In August 2004 the TV3 show ran an item called "Back from the Dead" on medium Jeanette Wilson. The reporter was Melanie Reid, a believer in the afterlife. Most of the subjects that Wilson gave readings to were also believers in the afterlife. The show's advertising claimed that the NZ Skeptics were going to put Wilson's claimed skills to the test, and Vicki Hyde, Chair-entity of the NZ Skeptics did indeed appear on the show. What was not made clear though was that the NZ Skeptics were not involved in testing Wilson as the advertising claimed. They were not invited to be part of designing the test or carrying out the test. So Wilson was 'tested' by believers and not by skeptics. It would have been useful to involve skeptics in designing and running the test because they are familiar with the tricks that mediums use to fool people and Wilson herself admits that many mediums con people. Melanie Reid's conclusion was that Wilson was obviously genuine, even though she made numerous mistakes and utilised simple tricks to fool Reid.

In its defence of this pathetically poor example of investigative journalism, 20/20 — TV3 responded with the following:

Overall the programme gave Jeanette Wilson time to put her beliefs and opinions forward, and those beliefs and opinions were questioned. Similarly, the representative from the Skeptics Society had the opportunity to criticise Ms Wilson's readings, beliefs and opinions.

TV3 is confident the programme, when viewed impartially, was fair and balanced.

        Yours sincerely, Christine Laery, Production Manager — Current Affairs

Oh please, fair and balanced? It was a very biased and unbalanced show. Look at the following figures:
Total program time   —   29 min 18 sec
Medium on-air time   —   26 min 53 sec
Skeptic on-air time   —   2 min 25 sec
20/20 and Melanie Reid allowed Wilson almost 27 minutes to state her case, yet Vicki Hyde of the NZ Skeptics was only allowed just over 2 minutes to comment about Wilson and mediums in general. Remember this show was repeatedly billed by TV3 as "Skeptics test medium Jeanette Wilson", not "Medium Jeanette Wilson, her life and beliefs". This show was to be a test of mediums by skeptics. Yet skeptics were not involved in the testing and only featured in 9% of the show.

50 — 50 is balanced, 91 — 9 is not.

Jeanette is caught cheating

It's not often that we are provided with clear, irrefutable evidence of deception by mediums, but Jeanette was nice enough to provide the following evidence of her own cheating.

One of Jeanette Wilson's "Dare To Believe" shows (I believe it was episode #2), featured a reading with 'Sally' and the alleged spirit of her departed mother. After the psychic reading the show's producers repeated pieces of Jeanette's reading and Sally's confirmation of it to reinforce to the viewer how accurate it had been.

One particular piece was shown as if it was one continuous sentence spoken by Jeanette, with an immediate reply by Sally. From memory this didn't seem to match what had really happened and luckily I had recorded the show so I was able to view what she had originally said.

I discovered that this end piece had never occurred in the reading. It was manufactured from different parts of the reading. It can not be claimed that it was just the result of sloppy editing since the original audio on the video footage had been removed and new audio from other footage had been edited in. Video and words from four different sentences had been joined together to make one sentence in a way that simple (and innocent) splicing of tape could never achieve.

There is no way this could occur by accident. It's impossible. This is deliberate cheating that was broadcast for all to see. It clearly demonstrates just how stupid Jeanette and the show's producers take their viewers to be. It also demonstrates the deception that mediums must indulge in to appear genuine. Even after hours of filming they still had to resort to doctoring footage to give the appearance of a successful reading. How desperate is that?

Skeptics have often said that they wish they had the original tape of a reading so they could compare it with what goes to air. Well, in this case we do, and it shows blatant evidence of fraud. If Jeanette Wilson is a real medium as she claims, why does she have to cheat, to lie, to falsify video footage?

And it's no good claiming that Wilson wouldn't have been involved with video editing. This was her show, she would have viewed the final footage before it went to air and she could have stopped it, especially if she hadn't actually ordered the editing. She didn't stop its broadcast.

While you or I could claim ignorance in these circumstances since the footage could be edited without our knowledge, Wilson can not. Remember she is psychic, we aren't. Someone with psychic powers can hardly claim that she didn't know what was going on. This is what being psychic is all about. Likewise her spirit guides would have squealed in an instant if they saw people doing deceptive things behind her back. They didn't.

For Wilson to claim that she didn't detect this fraud, either by psychic means or from friends in the spirit world, is to admit that she doesn't have these psychic powers.

If Wilson took part in the editing she is a fraud. If she was ignorant of it that means she has no psychic ability and is therefore a fraud. Either way Jeanette loses.

The following is a transcript detailing the deception created by Jeanette Wilson and the show's producers. I have colour-coded the different parts of the fabricated sentence to make them stand out.

To begin with, this is how the final, seamless, confirmation piece regarding's Sally's mother sounded at the end of the show:

Jeanette: Had she fallen out with a sister-in-law, she's showing me this fallout on a scale of one to ten, this is an eleven?

Sally: Yeah, yeah, yeah.

However when you colour-code the different parts of the fabricated sentence to highlight the four different segments that were spliced together, this is what it looks like:
Jeanette: Had she fallen out with a sister in-law, she's showing me this fallout on a scale of one to ten, this is an eleven?

Sally: Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Here now is how that fabricated sentence appeared to viewers as they cut between visuals of Jeanette and Sally:
Jeanette Wilson on screen
Jeanette: Had she fallen out with a sister

Cut to guest Sally who has a mystified look on her face, moving her eyes left and right (In this video footage, Jeanette's original comments have been removed and the following added:)
Jeanette: (voice over) in-law, she's showing me this fallout

Cut back to Jeanette
Jeanette: on a scale of one to ten, this is an eleven?

Cut to guest vigorously nodding
Sally: Yeah, yeah, yeah...

So what did Jeanette really say, and why the need to hide it? This is what was actually seen and heard in the original reading between Jeanette and Sally:
Jeanette Wilson on screen
Jeanette: Now, had she fallen out with a sister?

Cut to guest Sally who has a mystified look on her face, moving her eyes left and right (This is what Jeanette actually said during this video footage)
Jeanette: (voice over) She's showing me a fallout with a sister?

Sally: (long pause) umm ..... No..... No.

Cut back to Jeanette
Jeanette: It's not a sister-in-law?..... she's showing me this fallout ..... it's.....

Cut to guest
Sally: Oh, one of my sister-in-laws, ha ha ha ha.

Jeanette: (voice over) Yeah, yeah

Sally: She fell out with

Cut back to Jeanette
Jeanette: Yeah cause she's showing me this on a scale of one to ten, this is an eleven.

Cut to guest vigorously nodding
Sally: Yeah, yeah, yeah...

So you can see that Jeanette is just fishing for information and modifies her responses by listening to what Sally says. Note that she is merely asking questions, she isn't telling Sally anything — she simply asks, "Now, had she fallen out with a sister?" She's simply throwing out vague suggestions and hoping that Sally can relate them to something in her life, which eventually she does. Sally connects the statement with one of her sister-in-laws, yet her mother was supposedly talking about her sister or sister-in-law. Sally's sister-in-law would be her mother's daughter-in-law, not sister-in-law. Thus what starts out as the mother's sister and Sally's auntie ends up as the mother's daughter-in-law. Surely the mother knows the difference between her sister and a Brazilian daughter-in-law that she doesn't like. It's a common medium trick to bounce from idea to idea until the client finally makes some connection, hiding the fact that the connection is far removed from the claim that the medium first made.

Also notice that Jeanette has no idea what the mother's sister's name is, what the sister-in-law's name is or even what the mother's name is. It would have been much more impressive if she had said:

"Your mother Diane tells me that she had fallen out with your Brazilian sister-in-law Juanita over her negative comments about the Japanese economy in May 1997".
She didn't. Readers may complain that the above exchange between Jeanette and Sally is pretty basic and hardly worth looking at. And I agree, but remember that this is the BEST exchange that Jeanette could provide. She used it to wrap up the segment with. They may also complain that Jeanette eventually appears to glean the correct information and so 'proves' her ability. But again remember that it was Jeanette that found the need to hide what her first statement was, to hide what her second statement was, to hide the fact that they were both wrong, and to hide how many steps it took to finally get a connection. It was Jeanette who wanted to alter how the viewers remembered that particular exchange with Sally.

It was Jeanette who wanted viewers to remember something that never actually happened. Is this the sign of a real medium or someone attempting to con desperate people? Again I ask, if Jeanette Wilson is a real medium as she claims, why does she have to cheat, to lie, to falsify video footage?

What is the afterlife really like?

Hopefully by now you're having second thoughts about the claimed psychic abilities of Jeanette Wilson. But as so often happens in the paranormal and supernatural arenas, even when one of their members is shown to be a fraud, it's still claimed that the others are genuine.

So let's assume that they're right. The afterlife exists and mediums can communicate with it. Well, yes, OK, not Jeanette Wilson, but we're talking about other mediums now.

So if the afterlife is as mediums describe it, what would this mean to us here and now? How would its existence impact on our lives? What have we got to look forward to when we 'pass over'?

Your grandparents are watching you have sex

Spirit Remember that Jeanette has made the typical medium claim:

"there is life after death... and [they] watch over us on the other side of life."
But think about that, if the dead really are watching over us, your grandparents are watching you have sex. And not just your grandparents, maybe your parents too, and that creepy old man that used to live across the road, and billions of other people. And if you think you're safe because you're not in a relationship, then they're watching you masturbate. I'm not saying this to be gross, but to make you think about the stark reality of the afterlife. If it exists as the mediums describe it, then you are NEVER alone. You have NO privacy. They're watching you go to the toilet, watching you argue with your family, watching you lie to your boss about that sick day you took. They're looking at every decision you make and discussing whether you made the right one. They're evaluating your career choice, your taste in clothes, art, books, TV shows and friends. You're an uncensored X-rated soap opera to billions of dead people. You're their entertainment. You're never alone.

And it's not just the dead watching you that you have to worry about. Psychics worldwide are reading your every thought. They are eavesdropping on your life. They know what you're thinking, both your good and bad thoughts, many can see what you see, hear what you hear and feel what you feel. When you're having sex, a psychic could be experiencing what you experience. Your orgasm is their orgasm. They don't even have to leave their house to spy on you. If we saw someone going through our mail and peeping through our bathroom window we'd call the police. But those that believe in the abilities of psychics know that these same psychics could be spying on them in their most intimate moments. Yet they don't seem to care.

Why are believers furious if the old man across the street spies them in their underwear yet don't care if psychics and dead people watch them getting out of that same underwear? I'll tell you why, because believers in psychics and life after death are too stupid to think of the consequences of what they believe. Their afterlife is a fantasy where dead people only watch them when they lose their keys and psychics only enter their mind when they're asked, and they never look at the private bits. Yeah right.

In case you're wondering how many dead people might be watching you right now, according to Carl Haub's interesting article entitled "How Many People Have Ever Lived on Earth?":

"[A] semi-scientific approach yields an estimate of about 106 billion births since the dawn of the human race."
(Carl Haub holds the Conrad Taeuber Chair of Population Information at the Population Reference Bureau).

Deducting the measly 6 billion people that are still alive at present, this means that there are roughly 100 billion dead people milling around in the afterlife. If everybody on the planet is allocated an equal number of peeping toms, that means there is roughly 17 dead people watching me write this. However it's far more likely that dead people watch interesting events and exciting, sexy people, so my 17 dead people are probably off watching Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. So depending on the voyeuristic quality of your life, you could have up to 100 billion people watching you right now.

So be honest. Do you really want to believe that the dead are watching you? In the shower? In the bedroom?

The body of Adonis?

So you've spent your whole life being spied on by billions of perverts and busybodies, but what happens to you when you eventually die? Well mediums nearly always describe the dead exactly as they were at the time of their death. If your grandfather died at 85, with white hair and walking on sticks, this is how the medium will describe their vision of him. If a child is murdered at six years old, when her spirit is contacted 26 years later she is still six years old. Not only does she not mature physically, she doesn't mature mentally or emotionally either. (Read about a medium relaying precisely this information in 'Sensing Murder — A Bump in the Night'). Now think about what this really means. According to the mediums' view of life after death, when you die you travel to... well they're not too specific where, but maybe heaven, maybe some sort of astral plane, maybe another realm. The point is that according to the mediums, your physical and mental state at the time of your death is identical to your apparent physical and mental state after your death, and this state is maintained for all eternity. You do not continue to age. You do not change. This makes sense because if you continued to age you would eventually die, but then you're already dead, and at most this ageing could only take a hundred years or so, and you've got all eternity to spend where ever it is you are, not just a hundred years.

And for those of you that believe in the Christian myth, the Bible clearly states that injuries that you suffer on your death will remain with you in the afterlife. Remember that after Jesus had been crucified, with nails through his hands and a spear thrust into his side, he later appeared to his disciples:

Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you!" After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord... Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord!" But he said to them, "Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it." A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you!" Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe." Thomas said to him, "My Lord and my God!" (John 20:20-28)
So even Jesus will go through the afterlife with the injuries he gained on the cross. He may no longer feel the pain but it certainly won't be pretty to look at. So if God can't, or won't, heal his own injuries, what hope have ordinary people got? It's also obvious that Jesus also retained the memories and state of mind that he had when he died. He remembered all his disciples, knew where to find them and remembered the project they were working on before he died.

So now try and imagine spending an eternity as a crippled 85-year-old in the early stages of dementia. Or what if you died in an accident and lost limbs, organs or half your brain? People that die in old age with a limp are still old and retain that limp in the afterlife according to mediums. It makes sense that if the afterlife can't fix old age and a limp, then it can't fix a missing limb either. We spend eternity in the state in which we died. It would be nice if when we died we all reverted to a fit and healthy 20-year-old, but this is never the way mediums describe the afterlife. And what good would a 20-year-old body be to the mind from a dead baby? Does this mean that dead babies must spend eternity as babies, never growing and experiencing life, and who looks after them for eternity? And what about married couples who hope to be reunited when they die? If a husband dies at 50 and his wife lives until she is a frail 95, there will be a 45-year difference in their ages when they meet up again. Is a fit 50-year-old still going to find a frail 95-year-old attractive? And would they have anything in common any more? The long dead husband will have spent the last 45 years spying on the world, maybe even the Husbands entire universe, conversing with billions of dead people from throughout history, eavesdropping on anyone and everyone, seeing and experiencing things that his 95-year-old wife couldn't even imagine. Will he really want to start nursing a 95-year-old wife, and continue doing it for all eternity? Of course not. Would you? And what if she had married three times and all her husbands are also dead, which of the three men is her husband in the afterlife? (Click on the cartoon for a humerous and realistic answer.)

If the afterlife works the way mediums describe it, then its real name is HELL.

Back to the Future

Another problem with information supposedly retrieved from those in the afterlife is the ability of some of them to see our future. If they see some particular event occurring in the future, then that means our future is fixed and nothing we do now will change that. We are like robots following a fixed computer program, or a train on a single track, everything we do is leading us towards that event that those in the afterlife prophesised. We have no choice in our actions, no free will. Some call it Fate, others call it Destiny. Of course if we have no choice in what we do, we can't be blamed for anything we do either, even murder, since our actions are fixed. Fixed by what? God perhaps? In the end we are just acting out our part in a cosmic play. So why do the dead often try and warn us of future events? If we can't change them what's the point? Well, perhaps we can change the future, perhaps our destiny is not set. However if this was case, if we haven't yet decided what we will do in the future, then there's nothing for those in the afterlife to foresee, since our future doesn't yet exist. So are the dead simply imagining events in our future? Are they delusional?

However if the dead do advise us to change some present action so as to change the future, then the future should reflect this change, but since they still actually see the future event that needs changing, then obviously we didn't change it. This all gets very confusing and paradoxes abound. And there are many, many more problems with this idea of receiving information about the future, both philosophically and scientifically.

Think of all those movies about time travel and changing the future, such as "Back to the Future" and "Terminator", their sequels and numerous others. Look at the problems and paradoxes that ensued when just one intelligent person had the ability to change the future. Now we're expected to believe that billions of dead old age pensioners also have the ability to change the future to suit their desires. These are people that when they were alive often couldn't maintain successful relationships, couldn't set the clock on their VCR or balance their chequebook, but now we trust them to manipulate our timeline, our future? Humanity is doomed if this is case.

Even if these problems didn't exist, you have to wonder why the dead are only concerned with warning us about painting the kitchen the wrong colour, buying the wrong type of car or avoiding a certain relationship. Why do they never warn us about natural disasters, motor accidents or going to war with Iraq?

How to spend eternity without going mad

So we've discovered that there are roughly 100 billion dead people milling around in the afterlife. When they're not spying on you and me, what might they be doing? Remember that they have an eternity to fill in. One thing that motivates you and I to do things is the knowledge that we only have limited time in which to complete these tasks. But if you had all eternity to get things done, there would be no incentive to do things today, you will always have tomorrow. And by not doing something today you will always have something to look forward to, something to work towards. Just how many tasks could you assign yourself that would fill in an eternity? I could imagine eternity becoming very boring very quickly. Even if you could continuously do the really, really exciting things and eat your favourite food for every meal (not that you would eat, you're dead remember), even this would loose its appeal after a few weeks, let alone a few millennia. How many times could you watch your favourite movie? You could watch every movie ever made and read every book ever written in the blink of an eye compared to eternity. What about enjoying different relationships with the opposite sex, or improving the relationship with your husband or wife? Well, if you're a Christian you'll be aware that there is no marriage in Heaven and therefore no sex either. In Luke 20:35 Jesus states:

"those who are considered worthy of taking part in... the resurrection from the dead will neither marry nor be given in marriage"
So if you're hoping to continue having sex in the afterlife or even just getting back together with your wife/husband, you better hope Christianity isn't the right religion. If you're homosexual you'd definitely better hope that the God of the Bible isn't in control of the afterlife (Lev 20:13).

Could you exist for an eternity with sexual urges that you couldn't act on or continuously perform activities that you got bored with long ago? Could you be happy remaining as an old age pensioner or a six-year-old for all eternity? No, you'd go mad. So it's pretty obvious that anyone controlling the afterlife would have to seriously manipulate the minds of all its inhabitants so that they didn't realize what pathetic 'lives' they were leading. For example sexual urges would be removed and any new long-term memory would be erased. You'd still vaguely remember your life up to the time you died, but memories formed in the afterlife would be edited so that you wouldn't realize that you've already seen that movie before or that you're not getting any older. You would spend eternity with a form of dementia. A type of zombie. And there is plenty of evidence of this if mediums are to be believed. None of the spirits contacted by mediums can ever remember their surnames or what their profession was. They may have been brilliant scientists, authors, artists, philanthropists, conservationists etc during their life but they lose all interest in these things when they communicate with their family and friends via mediums. As vital, fascinating and interesting as they may have been in life, they become extremely boring in the afterlife.

I put it to you that 'life' in the afterlife isn't worth 'living'.

Should we contact the afterlife?

Although mediums are usually very reluctant to give many details about the afterlife, most nevertheless suggest that Christianity's heaven and the afterlife are one and the same. When Jeanette was talking to the spirit of Sally's mother she says:

"Understand, understand, OK, understand,
[her head then bows and her hands come up in the act of prayer]
God bless, God bless."
God, Jesus, angels, heaven, prayer, miracles etc often feature in their readings and the great majority of those attending medium shows and seeking personal readings are Christians. There are even Christian churches known as Spiritualist Churches dedicated to mediumship, of talking with the dead during their worship services.

So is there a problem with Christians trying to talk with the dead? Is it something they should attempt?

The Christian Bible in Leviticus 19:31 commands:

"Do not turn to mediums or seek out spiritists, for you will be defiled by them".
So quite clearly the Christian God demands that Christians have nothing to do with mediums and those that do listen to mediums will be corrupted and polluted by them.

So is it acceptable for a Christian to simply avoid mediums? No, it's not that simple.

Once again the Christian Bible, in Leviticus 20:27, commands:

"A man or woman who is a medium or spiritist among you must be put to death".
So if you're a true Christian, you can't just ignore mediums in your midst, you must put them to death.

But not only do Christians not go around murdering mediums and psychics, they actively seek them out for bogus readings, buy their pathetic books and watch their silly TV shows. When it comes to mediums, are they telling their God to take a hike? Well, no. It's because most Christians are completely ignorant of God's commandments on mediums. They don't even realize they're disobeying their God. In fact most Christians are completely ignorant of most of what their Bible says.


If there is an afterlife then we have lost all sense of privacy, we are nothing other than cheap entertainment for dead people. On the bright side these dead people are pretty much brain dead, having had their intellect and memory suppressed to stop them going mad, thus they probably don't derive much enjoyment from watching us and they are no longer bright enough to interfere in our lives in any real way. On the negative side, when it's our turn to join the afterlife we will remain 'frozen' in the state in which we die. Even though we won't be intelligent enough to realize it, it doesn't give us anything to look forward to. If the Christian God runs the afterlife there will be no marriage or sex in heaven, no reuniting with your partner, and if you haven't avoided mediums when you were alive and tried to murder those you encounter, then you'll be going to Hell.

The afterlife won't be the paradise many imagine it to be.

But you don't have to worry. There is no afterlife. There are no souls. There is no malicious God waiting to give you a frontal lobotomy.

Ghostbusters Since there is no life after death and no souls for mediums to chat with, therefore all mediums are either outright frauds or self-deluded. Either way they are a scam and you are wasting your time, effort and money by consulting them. Refuse to be drawn into their delusion. Put your energy into the living.

If you want to know how the universe really works, look to science that has good evidence to support its conclusions, not to the paranormal and supernatural, those superstitions have none. That's why psychics and mediums like Wilson have to lie and cheat and manufacture false evidence. That's why they will never give you detailed answers, provide useful information or use their 'psychic knowledge' to locate missing children, solve murders or prevent new ones.

Medium Jeanette Wilson, for all her talk about the afterlife concentrates on things in this life, specifically your money in this life going into her bank account in her lifetime.

You likewise should concentrate on this life, for that's all there is. Live for today. By all means cherish memories of those that have died but move into the future, don't remain in the past. Cultivate new and existing relationships, seek out real knowledge and shun those like Wilson who believe in fantasy.

Authors:   John L. Ateo,   Gordon S.
Copyright 2007, by the 'SILLY BELIEFS' website. All rights reserved.

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