But I swear I'm being serious.
Okay, from what I've been noticing, there are numerous similarities among what's required for the methods typically used to "read" people. I've compiled the ones I've seen most often into this admittedly short list.
4) Random events supposedly influenced by psychic abilities
6) Purpose of the reading
Now, I'm an amateur programmer when I'm bored. And I noticed most of the things in the above list could be incorporated into a basic program which ought to, by rights, "read" people or situations [with a little interpretation from an intelligent being, of course]. So, I wrote PsychoDigitalis. Yes, I know it sounds like "Poison for the Brain." But it also sounds like "A Digital Mind" and "Insane Robot" and "Random Computer Program Dealing With Consciousness" [hopefully]. And no one else took that name yet.
I did quite a bit more research before determining on what parameters to use, and how to spread the influence from each of them to the other for the most balanced nonsensical gibberish readings. The main flow of the program that I have come up with so far is as follows. Unfortunately, I could find no way to analyze photographs. More power to anonymity.
1) A name, a basic situation, and a number are needed. The name can be any connected to the person. No discrimination against aliases here. The basic situation is needed to give a purpose to the reading. The number can be something related to the person, say their favorite one, or it can be completely random. After all, one should theoretically pick the perfect number for the situation no matter what. Even the most stubborn skeptic shouldn't be able to pick an irrelevant number, since the program reads a situation, and stubbornly picking a random number is a part of the situation.
2) The name, a condensed version of the situation, and the number are plugged into the program. They are run through a custom algorithm designed to generate semi-random numbers, and maximize the influence of all of the data on the final result. Even how random the results will be is entirely dependent on the original data.
3) The computer spits out a series of ten numbers carefully calculated in under a tenth of a hundredth of a second.
4) The numbers are compared against a preset pattern of words and phrases, which takes into account the arrangement, value, and individual pieces of the numbers. These results are interpreted based on the situation [rarely, there are double meanings, but it's always blindingly obvious as to which relates to the situation, since they're incredibly discrepant from each other].
5) The final results are then rearranged to make more coherent sense to someone not used to the program. This doesn't change the meaning whatsoever, since everything has been carefully set up to have the same meaning no matter which order specific groupings are read in.
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Yes, this is a goofy experiment. I can deal with being told that.
I welcome any and all coherent comments, from suggestions on other things necessary for a good reading [after all, I'm a skeptic, not a psychic], to mockery. I'd also enjoy having a few guinea pigs to test this out on and check if it's working right. I don't expect it to right now, but in time I feel I should be able to develop something reasonable.
If you don't feel like being a guinea pig, lab rats are welcome too.