Skip to comments.Ouija Board Helps Psychologists Probe the Subconscious
Posted on 07/09/2012 7:05:14 AM PDT by marshmallow
Beloved of spiritualists and bored teenagers on a dare, the Ouija board has long been a source of entertainment, mystery and sometimes downright spookiness. Now it could shine a light on the secrets of the unconscious mind.
The Ouija, also known as a talking board, is a wooden plaque marked with the words, "yes", "no" and the letters of the alphabet. Typically a group of users place their hands on a movable pointer , or "planchette", and ask questions out loud. Sometimes the planchette signals an answer, even when no one admits to moving it deliberately.
Believers think the answer comes through from the spirit world. In fact, all the evidence points to the real cause being the ideomotor effect, small muscle movements we generate unconsciously.
That's why the Ouija board has attracted the attention of psychologists at the University of British Columbia in Canada. Growing evidence suggests the unconscious plays a role in cognitive functions we usually consider the preserve of the conscious mind,.
Take driving your car along a familiar route while planning your day. On arrival, you realise you were not in conscious control of the car, it was your "inner zombie", said Hélène Gauchou at the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness conference in Brighton, UK, this week. "How can we communicate with that unconscious intelligence?"
Gauchou's approach is to turn to the Ouija board. To keep things simple her team has just one person with their finger on the planchette at a time. But the ideomotor effect is maximised if you believe you are not responsible for any movements - that's why Ouija board sessions are most successful when used by a group. So the subject is told they will be using the board with a partner. The subject is blindfolded......
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Yup. A WIDE open door to the demonic realm......
The very practice seeking Godless solutions to spiritual problems, is now enlisting the support of Satan.
Hey, it predicts the future, too!
“That’s why the Ouija board has attracted the attention of psychologists at the University of British Columbia in Canada.”
My half alma mater before I transferred to a real university in America. The profs there are crazier than your typical liberal and prime candidates for free lobotomies.
I know for a fact that the Ouija board IS demonic.
Do not mess with these boards..Sounds to me like some demon is trying to get more of the evil things loose on the earth..I am serious keep away from these and by all means do not let your children go near one..
Perfect association, psychologists and a Ouija board. Both frauds one hiding behind fake unprovable science and the other hiding behind mysticism and stupidity.
In fact, the government should issue Ouija boards to be hung on the walls in psychologists offices for licensing purposes.
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You know, it's not only the (at best) dodgy recommendation of the Ouija board as a means for "exploring the unconscious," but psychologists' insistence in using language like the above to describe mentative processes that send me running for the Crucifix and the holy water. Psychology has always seemed to me like (sincere apologies to any actual psychologists here) the unknowable researching the unknowable--or, in the words of a psychologist in Shafer's Equus, like performing brain surgery using an ice pick in total darkness: what seems to me (not, after all, a trained psychologist) as a distinct scarcity of verifiable objective truth in the field must lead some of the wackier practitioners to think, "Hey, it's all a crap shoot anyway--let's just make [stuff] up!"
95% of “psychologists” I have met are themselves troubled or just not right in the head.
Late of the Biblical Urim and Thummim, and still idolotry.
Not believing in something doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. Seems like some psychologists might be learning that lesson, dragging their victims along with them.
How would that actually happen?
You really believe in ouiji boards?
Does believing in something mean it does exist?