Science of scams: Ouija board
I thought it was worth sharing this interesting video from the Science of scams team regarding the science behind why the glass moves during an ouija board session.
The same can be said for the glass used during a glass divination session, and the ideomotor response is the cause behind such tools of divination as dowsing rods and crystals too.
A typical response that I often come across from people who believe that ouija boards, or even glass divination or the other methods I mentioned work is that some times the movement or the glass/rods/crystals can be explained through the ideomotor response – but other times it cannot.
However, we have to look at this claim logically.
Anybody who is taking their research seriously and anyone thinking rationally will be using occams razor as a way to sum up the information they are presented with.
The idea that some cases of a glass moving can be explained by the ideomotor response but some cannot is a flawed way of thinking and could be classed as confirmation bias of that persons beliefs about the ouija board.
What we know for a fact is that involutary muscular movement causes the glass used in an ouija board session to move. Therefore, when trying to explain why the glass moved in a ouija board session we cannot rule this possibility out and, as it a more likely explination that say – a ghost moved the glass for which there is no proof, it is the one we have to go with. Simples.
Make sure you check out other videos from the Science of Scams team via their Youtube Channel. They rock.
Posted on October 29, 2009, in ghost, paranormal, rational, thoughts and tagged bias, board, communication, confirmation, explained, fallacy, ghost, logic, of, ouija, scams, science, spirit, woo, woowoo. Bookmark the permalink. 39 Comments.