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Dowsing and Ghost-hunting (Fortean Times)

Postby Ian Pegler » Tue Jan 24, 2012 5:32 pm

from Fortean Times...

Ghost-hunters and the Delights of Dowsing

Alan Murdie wonders why dowsing equipment has taken such a hold on ghost-hunters


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Re: Dowsing and Ghost-hunting (Fortean Times)

Postby Lyndon Ronstadt » Tue Jan 24, 2012 8:16 pm

There's something compelling about the idea of a haunted pub. Perhaps the common reference to 'spirit', alcoholic and ghostly, is not an arbitrary one.
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Re: Dowsing and Ghost-hunting (Fortean Times)

Postby Grahame Gardner » Wed Jan 25, 2012 11:38 am

I thought that was a relatively objective article, right up to the last paragraph:
At best – assuming some dowsing ability is operating – twitches by the rod or swings of the pendulum are still being generated by muscular actions, as a subconscious reaction to any manner of things present. Even presuming that movements are a response to a ghost, how would one distinguish this from the reaction to water? Most buildings will have running water or a supply of electricity somewhere, so is it not possible these may be the cause?

After accepting that the mind can pick up on subconscious responses, he then refuses to accept that it has any ability to differentiate between different signals? :roll:
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Re: Dowsing and Ghost-hunting (Fortean Times)

Postby simonwheeler » Wed Jan 25, 2012 1:29 pm

Grahame Gardner wrote:I thought that was a relatively objective article, right up to the last paragraph:
At best – assuming some dowsing ability is operating – twitches by the rod or swings of the pendulum are still being generated by muscular actions, as a subconscious reaction to any manner of things present. Even presuming that movements are a response to a ghost, how would one distinguish this from the reaction to water? Most buildings will have running water or a supply of electricity somewhere, so is it not possible these may be the cause?

After accepting that the mind can pick up on subconscious responses, he then refuses to accept that it has any ability to differentiate between different signals? :roll:

Maybe he just doesn't understand because he's not well-practised in dowsing?! When starting out I think it fair to say that many novice dowsers may get reactions to all sorts- but it's training, experience and practice that helps us to become skilled at differentiating what we "find".
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