Debunking Dowsing

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Written by Maggie Percy

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Science And Truth!

Hi, Maggie here. I just finished watching a brief video posted on our Facebook fan page by someone who doesn't believe in dowsing. To them, it was the final word in just how foolish dowsing is. Because, after all, it can't be scientifically proven. So debunking dowsing is easy.

If science doesn't agree, dowsing must be wrong!

You'll often hear me preach that we aren't here to convince unbelievers, and we're not. But allow me to blow off a bit of steam at some of the serious defects in this and many other ‘debunking' projects I have seen.

The biggest hole in the argument is this: if something can't be scientifically proven, it must be fake/false/hokum. Can you find the gap in that logic? Here are a few. Maybe you can add to the list:

  • Who said that science is the be-all and end-all in terms of proving things? This is a huge and faulty assumption.
  • Science has limitations determined by its ability to measure things. Therefore, what it cannot measure, it says is not real. Thus, in the past, Science scoffed at the sun being the center of the solar system, germs as a cause of infection and X-rays, to name only a few things. Oh, fine, now it can measure these things and it says you can believe them. But if its logic is true, don't bother believing in love, God, gratitude or forgiveness, as Science can't measure them, either. At least not yet.
  • Scientific results are only as good as the experiment they came from. So many experiments are poorly constructed. They yield crap results. This is quite true about the video I saw today, which had an experiment that would only look good in a 6th grade science fair. (Believe me, I know, because I taught 6th grade science, was head of the Science Department and in charge of the yearly Science Fair.)
  • One of the drawbacks in doing science is the nature of quantum reality. What you seek, you are more likely to find. Doing double blind experiments does not remedy this fact. Thus, when you set out to prove something, often you do. What does this prove? It proves that your beliefs create your reality.

Another major issue is that often there IS scientific proof, but conventional people ignore it. Max Planck said,

“A scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.”

Debunking dowsing is easier than believing!

Nigel has been spending a lot of time putting together a book that gives plenty of scientific proof of dowsing. But the unbelievers will continue to scoff, I am sure. And that's ok. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. I guess it's just a wonderful lesson in allowing others to have free will. :)

For fun, watch the 5 minute You Tube video on debunking dowsing and see if you can spot what's wrong with the science, the experimental design and the conclusions.

Have you come across those who are debunking dowsing? What are their arguments? How did you respond (if at all!)? Let us know about it in the comments section below.

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