Channelling is modern term for mediumship which claims to provide contact with the spirits of the departed. It has become fashionable now for channellers to claim communication with entities from Atlantis and or Lemuria/Mu! As a means of assisting in the quest for Atlantis, channeling, in the opinion of your compiler, is about as useful as a packet of sausages. To put it at its simplest, why is it that none of the published psychics and psychotics, who claim to have communication links with departed Atlanteans have never been able to offer a verifiable location of Atlantis? Recent articles regarding psychics and police work has only strengthened my scepticism(a)(h). Simon Singh, the well-known author, recently penned an article on the subject(c)(d).
We should also keep in mind that the name Atlantis was a Hellenised name concocted by Solon or Plato to identify the homeland of the Atlantean invaders, hundreds if not thousands of years after their island was submerged. So when it is claimed that messages have been received from Atlantis or past lives experienced there, how do the mediums know that Atlantis was the source of their ‘communication’, since Atlantis would have been known by a totally different name to its inhabitants and they could not have been aware of a name invented many centuries after their demise. Furthermore, how do we explain these ancient Atlanteans communicating in English or any other modern vernacular language?
When law courts allow channelled information to be admitted in evidence, I will be happy to reconsider my opinion. While speaking of courts, I should point out that the evidence of witnesses is preferred where there is corroboration, partly in recognition of the fragility of memory(f) and partly because of the risk of lying. How do you corroborate that the ‘spirit source’ of a medium is real? A recent study(g) of a high profile medium Allison DuBois would do little to encourage channeling as a dependable tool.
Further psychic pscandals(l) have even led their own organisations to call for greater controls(k) .
A lengthy paper(j) by Eric Pement, soberly discusses the subject of channeling from a religious viewpoint.
In the meanwhile, it might be worth reading an article by Karla McKlaren, a former New Age leader, on her conversion to scepticism(e) . Also consider a 2016 large-scale study(i) which concluded that “The results don’t prove that relatively poor analytical thinking skills cause people to become believers in psychic phenomena, but they are certainly consistent with the idea that a lack of these skills may leave people more prone to developing such beliefs.”
See Also: Critical Thinking
*(e) http://www.csicop.org/si/show/bridging_the_chasm_between_two_cultures (link broken April 2019) See: https://web.archive.org/web/20180825014452/https://www.csicop.org/si/show/bridging_the_chasm_between_two_cultures*
*(g) http://www.csicop.org/si/show/medium_allison_dubois_is_testedand_failsin_the_real_world(Link broken April 2019) https://web.archive.org/web/20170502150312/http://www.csicop.org/si/show/medium_allison_dubois_is_testedand_failsin_the_real_world*