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How the ouija board really moves
07-31-2013, 02:19 AM #1
Octo Mother Superior
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The mystery isn’t a connection to the spirit world, but why we can make movements and yet not realise that we're making them.

A scientific experiment has found that two mediums were unable to demonstrate that they had special psychic powers.

Ouija board cups and dowsing wands – just two examples of mystical items that seem to move of their own accord, when they are really being moved by the people holding them. The only mystery is not one of a connection to the spirit world, but of why we can make movements and yet not realise that we're making them.

The phenomenon is called the ideomotor effect and you can witness it yourself if you hang a small weight like a button or a ring from a string (ideally more than a foot long). Hold the end of the string with your arm out in front of you, so the weight hangs down freely. Try to hold your arm completely still. The weight will start to swing clockwise or anticlockwise in small circles. Do not start this motion yourself. Instead, just ask yourself a question – any question – and say that the weight will swing clockwise to answer "Yes" and anticlockwise for "No". Hold this thought in mind, and soon, even though you are trying not to make any motion, the weight will start to swing in answer to your question.

Magic? Only the ordinary everyday magic of consciousness. There's no supernatural force at work, just tiny movements you are making without realising. The string allows these movements to be exaggerated, the inertia of the weight allows them to be conserved and built on until they form a regular swinging motion. The effect is known as Chevreul's Pendulum, after the 19th Century French scientist who investigated it.

What is happening with Chevreul's Pendulum is that you are witnessing a movement (of the weight) without "owning" that movement as being caused by you. The same basic phenomenon underlies dowsing – where small movements of the hands cause the dowsing wand to swing wildly – or the Ouija board, where multiple people hold a cup and it seems to move of its own accord to answer questions by spelling out letters.

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20130729...board-move

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They put dowsing in the same category as Ouija boards? Allow me to chuckle a little.
07-31-2013, 02:28 AM #2
KILLUMINATI Made Ya Look!!
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I would leave the ouija board alone

07-31-2013, 02:31 AM #3
Octo Mother Superior
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Dowsing rods are mystical objects? Even the water company recommends you call in a dowser when they can't locate a problem with their fancy equipment around here. chuckle.gif
07-31-2013, 02:36 AM #4
Octo Mother Superior
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(07-31-2013, 02:28 AM)Daniel Wrote:  I would leave the ouija board alone


Yes, me too!
07-31-2013, 04:21 AM #5
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The following was told to me in a time management class probably 20 years ago by the instructor. It's sort of similar to the micro-muscular moves we can make with our fingers.

The US Navy apparently have or had a deep sea water bell that had a mechanical arm to pick things up with under great sea pressure

It is operated by a person who rests their hand on an electro-sensitive pad. On dry land at least, a writing pen could be placed in the "hand" of the mechanical arm. Then the trained operator would imagine with their mind - visualizing - that they were signing their autograph while their hand rested on the flat electro-sensitive surface.

The pen would indeed write out the person's signature after a fashion. IOW, the sensitive surface would pick up on the impulses passed from the brain to the hand thereby operating the mechanical arm that could withstand tremendous pressure under water!


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07-31-2013, 04:55 AM #6
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One of the devil's "great" tactics is to try to convince people he does not exist.

Many years ago when I was in high school I knew some kids who were "playing" with ouija boards. I am a Christian, so I told them that they were invoking demons. They didn't believe me. I told one of the kids that he should mention the name of Jesus the next time they were "playing" with the board. ( I was not ever present when they were doing this.) Well, the next time they did "play" with the board, one of the kids remembered what I had said and did mention the name of Jesus. The thing that moves went "crazy" - used profanity at the kids - and flung itself against a wal. IIRC, it was flung so hard that it put a dent in the drywall.
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07-31-2013, 04:57 AM #7
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Only idiots think it moves on it's own.

That's not how it works... but it does work.

The people operating it act as a channel... the trick is in the each thinks/feels like the other is moving it and inbetween the channel is opened.

The shït works I have seen video of experiment where they scrambled the letters and had people operate the board through a slot where neither could see.

Plus when I was younger me and some friends messed around with it for a few months and it worked really well... only I had a simple rule we operated with most of the time. You do not ask the question out loud but rather think it or have it written down. You can even have a third person do this... that way you don't have to worry about one of your friends either consciously or unconsciously directing the answer.
07-31-2013, 05:10 PM #8
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(07-31-2013, 02:31 AM)Octo Wrote:  Dowsing rods are mystical objects? Even the water company recommends you call in a dowser when they can't locate a problem with their fancy equipment around here. chuckle.gif


They are only mystical objects to those that do not understand attraction forces.



As for the Ouija board, I'm on the fence with this one only due to previous experience (very bad...very very bad). So, I'd certainly like to believe it's all controlled via micromuscular effects, however, how can they explain the manifestations that witnesses claim to experience?
07-31-2013, 05:18 PM #9
Octo Mother Superior
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I've tried it too without bad experience, but I don't want to mess with it. I've heard some really scary stories. damned.gif



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