Apparently the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 has reached its most logical decision threshold: When all else fails and all manner of mathematical probabilities and technological capacities have been utilized to no avail, bring in a psychic. That is correct: A psychic. Because when an answer isn't readily apparent, it is always best to resort to finding solutions via the supernatural/mystical and/or the paranormal. At least, that would appear to be the solution found by CNN's sister network HLN, which decided to call in psychic Lisa Williams to weigh in on the missing plane and its whereabouts. And -- lo and behold! -- the psychic had information regarding missing Flight 370 but her most shocking revelation was that she revealed how she gets her info -- by relying on what she doesn't know.
Yeah. That's right. Williams' exact quote was: "I tend to work off what I don't know."
Mediaite reported March 21 that HLN gave the psychic a platform to spread her personal brand of the paranormal, where she eschewed concrete evidence, telling guest host Lynn Berry that: “Naturally, I don’t have hard, concrete evidence. I think any psychic who has hard, concrete evidence can’t do their job correctly… because they get misinformed… they get interpreted...”
No, hard, concrete evidence makes your job unnecessary… but, please, go on...
“They’ll just work off what they know,” Williams continued. “I tend to work off what I don’t know.”
Sounds a bit contradictory and counter-intuitive, but giving the psychic the benefit of the doubt, let's just say she has something of a point in that, if someone claiming to be a psychic takes into consideration known hard, concrete evidence, they could very well have their readings or receptions (or whatever) impacted somewhat through the inherent bias of having at least some of the facts and not all the facts (because -- that's right -- if they had all of the facts, they'd know exactly where whatever's missing is located).
HLN host Jenny Hutt was very skeptical of the psychic angle. And one guest panelist, a self-admitted aviator, could do nothing but stammer when asked his opinion on what Williams was saying. He finally was able to get out (sort of) that he felt finding missing Flight MH370 would come down to technology, logic, and human perseverance.
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 vanished on March 8. Although several theories concerning its circumstances and its whereabouts have been presented, the truth of the matter is: Nobody knows where the aircraft might be, how it got there, or what happened to the Boeing 777 and the 239 passengers and crew since it disappeared. However, current theories based on what is known (including what Malaysian officials have deemed a "deliberate" course alteration) include crashing into the ocean at one extreme and a possible hijacking (or act of piracy) at the other.
But when asked if she had anything to report on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Williams acknowledged she did.
"I do believe that it actually crashed, and I see a lot of trees,” Williams said. “I think there is a larger organization behind this that is leading us off track with this debris.”
Apparently she doesn't know that psychics are constantly made the butt of jokes because of their over-generous generalities, such as "you'll find the missing [whatever] near a body of water," especially given her line about a lot of trees in a part of the world known for its tropical jungles and rain forests. But, then, perhaps she is aware, because she certainly didn't say the missing plane would be found near a body of water.
Hutt then asked Williams if she thought there would be an "absolute resolution" in finding the missing aircraft.
The psychic said she believed the case would be resolved in the "next three weeks."
The HLN segment began with an introductory video clip showing news anchors, including CNN's Richard Guest, talking about the use of psychics in investigations.
With the search for missing Flight MH370 going into its third week, news media outlets have begun delving into the supernatural and the mystical, not to mention the paranormal, for fresh theories as to what might have happened to the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777. HLN's sister network, CNN, has led the way with speculation and reporting about admittedly "preposterous" theories attributing the plane's disappearance to black holes, a "zombie plane" scenario where the plane flies on after all aboard are knocked out, and perhaps even an intervention by God. Of course, the news network has heavy support from the Internet, where all sorts of convoluted and crazy theories have been posted and disseminated.
Because it is having no hard, concrete evidence that gives rise to the imaginative. And sometimes, given the right combination of individual and mentality, imaginative minds disassociated from the real world generate ideas and theories that would normally only be considered as free association, self-involved mumblings of madmen.
Oh, and at least one psychic.