We know that the matter and energy comprising you will continue to exist beyond your death, certainly for millions of years past the date that your life ends. You are made of material that has existed throughout the entire course of life on Earth, and in fact, was previously part of other life forms. Their matter and energy exist in you right now, and in the future, yours will exist in others.
In the case of people who read their own cards, they’re using pieces of paper that have been placed on a table at random in order to manufacture nonsense about their lives. While the person may create positive scenarios in their childish game of fantasy, they may also see cards that indicate poor outcomes and cause themselves stress. When faced with anything in life, a rational critical thinker understands that the best outcome is derived from an assessment of the facts. Those aren’t going to be contained in randomized pieces of paper from an old school scam. They are best derived when you outline the facts on your own. Here’s a trick, get a sharpie, and draw a vertical line on a tarot card, on the left side write the pros of any issue that you’re working through, and on the right side write the cons. Then assess them, analyze them, think about them deeply, consider sleeping on the idea. This is how you turn a tarot card from nonsense into something that can actually bring meaning to your life based on real information.
Endorsing astrology dismisses the rigorous standards of proof and falsifiability essential to the scientific method, undermining our collective pursuit of verifiable truth and understanding in a society that relies on reason and science. Alongside its scientific implausibility, astrology embodies an undercurrent of egotism, absurdly suggesting that the vast, complex cosmos has a direct influence on specks of life on this pale blue dot.
The existence of celebrity mediums like Tyler Henry simply alerts us to the fact that people are easily misled into believing in supernatural claims, even while such claims lack any scientific credibility.
What do we know about every element that goes into producing a Tyler Henry TV segment? We likely don’t know much about the production elements that could give Tyler the ability to “cheat.” However, we do know some of the ways that mediums make their trickery seem real…
When interacting with religious individuals, I view their beliefs critically, recognizing that these beliefs often stem from indoctrination and compartmentalization, rather than evidence-based reasoning. They may seem ignorant or silly in practice, but understanding that they are often victims of religious indoctrination helps us recognize that they are worthy of our help.
There’s a trend among theists to argue that the Church embraces science, but this revisionist and biased mindset overlooks the reality of the Church’s delayed, rather than proactive, pursuit of scientific truth. They reluctantly acknowledge critical facts about our existence only in the face of overwhelming evidence, and often many years after such science has become so universally accepted that their opposition places them in a fringe minority.