I applaud you for your honesty and for taking a scientific approach to the paranormal. Healthy skepticism is good for everyone, and your observations
on how the scams work is very interesting. It is very cool that you have inside information.
As we discussed before taking a scientific
approach to paranormal phenomena can be inherently more difficult than examining the observable universe, in most cases anyway.
The story of the lady having an abortion is very tragic, that could not have been easy on you at all. I don't know how I would have taken that, and
I will consider much more carefully how my interest in the paranormal could adversely affect someone's life because of it. I document local
sightings and collect data and do my best to keep my personal observations or beliefs structure out of the data, so hopefully I don't influence
anyone at all. I want data in hopes that it may help explain some of the paranormal things I have experienced, not to prove my existing belief
structure (which isn't all that "firm" anymore anyway).
I do have some thoughts to add about dousing, mainly using the "wire witch" or simply metal rods bend at a 90 degree angle with the short end held
in the hand and the longer section held basically parallel to the ground. This seems to work much like the pendulum. I don't have any proof of how
it works but it does seem to work. Basically the idea of people somehow picking up subtle clues, maybe even on some quantum level, and manifesting it
in the pendulum or similar device.
I saw a program on a douser that located where to drill many wells, and being very successful where companies using technology had failed. There are
a number of accounts of this happening in the farm country where I grew up and reside now, this majority of the farming depends on wells and well
water. There are also local stories of dousers finding lost and buried septic tanks, water lines and metal pipe using the "wire witch" method. It
is also supposed to be good for locating ley lines.
I experienced one douser that had us, one at a time, put on a blindfold, hold the rods and he would place a coin on the floor in front of our path.
Then he told us to try to locate the coin while slowly walking the path. It was really interesting that the rods would cross while over the area
where the coins was, and it worked consistently with four of us trying it and everyone was astounded by it. I was pretty young at the time. It
worked for me as well. I have never even thought of trying it as a "party game." I don't think it had a direct link to magnetism because at least
American coins are engineered to be non-magnetic, mainly so they work well with vending machines to help prevent easy use of steel slugs to cheat them
and the dousing rods we used at the time were brass if I remember right. I know the douser and have asked him about it, he says that the metal
composition isn't all that important it just needs to be metal and that coat hangers work just fine.
If anyone would want to try this please do. Let me know about your results if you do. Maybe doing an actual scientific statistical analysis would be
interesting if nothing else and wouldn't cost much except for sacrificing a couple metal coat hangers and some time. At least in this case setting
up controls in the experiment don't appear to be too difficult (make sure the blindfold is blocking 100% of the subjects vision, not putting out a
coin at all in some runs, etc.)
I have a theory about things like these, that if it is a genuine phenomena and it does happen on some quantum level that having individuals involved
with strong disbelief or negativity towards it may affect the results.
Thank you for your insight into this. It has got me to thinking about it again.