One thing to highlight is the criticism provided always just attacks the low points, and flat-out ignores the facts presented on the video.
Critics: they weren’t allowed to film in the dark, or with infrared. Therefore, hoax.
Fact: they did film in the dark at least twice, without telling the psychics the camera wasn’t actually turned off, and the results show the
“heavy oak table” made to be tamper-proof appearing to levitate, and petals falling (granted, not actually seen materializing from thin air). As a
commenter there mentions, the film failed to provide evidence of fakery.
investigators imposed little or no controls or restrictions upon the mediums, and at the same time, agreed to all of the restrictions imposed
by the mediums.
The restrictions imposed by the mediums are not arbitrary. They themselves provide a valid reason for this: interference with the methods (ex.
setting, IR, EMF, etc.) greatly diminishes the psychic results. If they truly did try to work around this, give it the time it needed to begin working
with all this new interference (years), researchers might by them just write this off as ‘no effects observed’ and lose all interest. It is really
a no-win situation for the psychics. The article repeats this point over and over “what the investigators should have done, which was to provide
their own room.”
mediums effectively had every opportunity to be completely hands free and do whatever they wanted to do
One valid point.
he discovered this locked box could be quickly and easily opened in the dark, which allowed for easy substitution of film rolls. This box was
provided by the mediums. Whenever any other sealed container was used, no images ever appeared on the film.
Absence of evidence is not evidence of a hoax. Fails to mention the researcher at all times held the box in his own hands, as another poster may have
already mentioned. Commenter also mentioned this.
Perhaps the biggest red flag in the Scole Experiment is the venue in which the sittings took place: a room in the basement of the house in
Scole where two of the mediums lived
See first point: you can’t strip away all the elements (setting, subject, group atmosphere, sustained effort over the years) and still expect to see
a result. Just because no one really understands the subtle ingredients necessary for obtaining such strong psychic effects (if they indeed were
genuine) doesn’t make them fake.
The seances were held about once a month, which gave the Foys ample time to make any desired alterations to the room.
Irrelevant. If such alterations were made, with prior preparations, they could take place within a few hours even. You can’t expect anyone to watch
over the room 24/7 for years on end.
Audio recordings only were permitted, but since the claimed phenomena were primarily visual, the audio tapes are of essentially no value.
There were countless visual and auditory phenomena. How can one discount the audio recordings on the basis of lack of video? And again, there was
video and picture evidence.
Mainstream psychologists and other academics would have gotten in on it, it would have made worldwide headlines, and it would be repeated in
labs everywhere and become mainstream science.
Very poor argument. Obtaining strong phenomena is obviously an exceedingly rare thing, even by highly gifted psychics. The ingredients necessary
obviously depend on the skills of the psychics, the sustained effort, the ‘energy’ of the setting (something biased skeptics dismiss outright),
and other factors that even those involved are trying to discover and improve upon. Again, see first point.
a primary feature of good research is the elimination of other possible explanations, at which the Scole investigators made no competent
Does the article claim to have an additional inside source of information about this so-called lack of competent effort? If so, it fails to provide
it. Granted, the experimenters should have improved in certain areas (glow in the dark wristbands with Velcro sounds like an utterly flawed way to
Countless people coming in with unfounded opinions, making false claims that “this has been proven a hoax already” only adds to the credibility of
the Scole Experiments.
It demonstrates that there has been no evidence (to my knowledge, or in this thread so far) that casts the credibility of the psychics involved into