The history of fortune telling in Australia is amusing. In the early days fortune telling was declared a crime in statutory law but by the 21st century most jurisdictions repealed such laws and reduced the activity to a lesser charge of fraud. It still remains a crime to tell fortunes for payment in South Australia and the Northern Territory (https://www.findlaw.com.au/articles/5163/is-fortune-telling-a-criminal-offence-.aspx ). However, fortune telling is just as lucrative today with psychic channels on tv, psychics on social media and a host of fraudulent quackery charlatans that profess the ability to tell the future. You can look up one near you.
Do a Google search for ‘psychics Australia’ and you will get over 1.7 million results. Do a search for ‘fortune telling Australia’ and you get over 16 million results.
The cost a having your fortune told in 1901 was about the cost of a film ticket, generally two shillings. By the time of her death in 1928 Mary Scales (http://www.auswhn.org.au/blog/fortune-telling-family-history-feminism/) had earned a fortune selling her psychic powers. These days it’s pretty simple to swipe you card and get a reading with a call charge at about $2 a minute, easy money. A 30 minute call is a cool $60. A sucker is born every minute.
Despite all our advances in education and science, fortune telling and psychic quackery are just as strong as ever. What is it about this drive for people that they must know the future? What is it about this mumbo jumbo con that continues to seduce people to think that someone has a gift to see the future in denial of all we know about fallibility and mortality?
Well, it seems that the safety industry is just as easy to con. There are plenty of people out there making money saying they can predict the future with data and maths. Somehow the more data you collect and analytics you mine gives an insight into knowing the future. Information certainly doesn’t create insight indeed, its more likely that big data just creates greater confusion.
Any claim to being able to predict the future in safety (https://www.pwc.com.au/consulting/safety-analytics.html ) is psychic quackery. What is this problem with safety that it cannot deal with fallibility and mortality (https://www.humandymensions.com/product/fallibility-risk-living-uncertainty/ ) that it has to deny it? Any claim to zero is such a denial. Why is it that the law knows that humans are fallible and that zero is nonsense and yet safety doesn’t? Any claim to perfection in the real human fallible world can only ever be fraud.
One of the fascinating things about the AIHS that is amusing is that it more than most, continues to sell the nonsense of zero and then denies that it’s doing so (https://safetyrisk.net/the-aihs-bok-and-ethics-check-your-gut/ ). Recent AIHS webinars and conferences are evidence of its continued fixation with zero.
The AIHS BoK on Ethics and its deception in denial of zero as an ethical issue in OHS in itself is unethical not to mention other delusional claims like safety people are innately ethical and can make moral decisions by their gut.
Any desire to transcend the fallible and mortal world is delusional, selling such delusion is unethical and fraudulent. Making money out of such fraud and delusion is even more unethical. BTW a Google search of ‘zero harm’ yields 174 million results.
How amusing to see this little safety industry proclaim its professionalism through delusion and unethical conduct, hoping that one day humans will become infallible and that a future can exist without harm. Read my fortune please and pass out the Tarot cards.