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Medical Dowsing Study

When I begun investigating the experience of medical dowsing with skeptics, it quickly became clear that in order to put it to the test I would have to learn more about how it works first. What testing conditions could the experience comply to? What would be the best testing protocol that would both fit the scientific model for testing but also enable optimal performance for the experience within the boundaries allowed?

The study period of the investigation has since become completed, as my understanding of the experience of medical dowsing is sufficient to apply it to various test protocols. Not to say I am not still learning more about it with every new experience I have.


A "survey" would allow me to have exposure to the medical dowsing experience while this time taking notes on the experience and on how any external conditions might be affecting that experience. The survey does not check for the accuracy of what I see. One survey at a mall was done.


A "study" stages testing conditions to see how various parameters affect the experience of medical dowsing. The study included several segments, including three readings on skeptics and a larger-scale study involving five members of the public performed with participating skeptics and under safe ethical conditions. After this I felt that I had learned all that I needed in order to form a more narrowed-down paranormal claim and to design an acceptable testing protocol.


Kidney Perceptions

I entertained the idea of testing the medical perceptions on sheep kidneys to avoid the need to use human subjects on a missing kidney detection test.

Microscopic Perceptions

The investigation on the experience of medical dowsing has now taken on a different emphasis. Not only am I now working with the scientific field, not the skeptical community, but testing on microscopic organisms rather than medical information.

Eyecolor - October 2011

Can I perceive a person's eyecolor just by looking at them from behind? Even better, if I can do so while the person is wearing a veil which conceals the color of their skin and hair. This would be ideal for a test.

"It's okay to be wrong, so long as you find out." - JREF Forum member Legend

"Skepticism is exploration, not debunking."
- Jeff Wagg, former Communication and Outreach Coordinator of JREF

"Also, Jeff is mostly correct in his statement that "skepticism is about exploration, not debunking", but I think it should be clarified: Only PART of skepticism is about debunking. Some claims can be directly disproven ("there was no holocaust") by evidence, and that should happen when possible. But claims that are of the "needs testing" nature should be approached from the attitude of "OK, show me" rather than "You can't do that"." - remirol, JREF Forum Member

Most of those who make paranormal claims are either making it up and scamming people for money or admiration, or if they believe in their powers they refuse to have them tested - either fearing that their claims are too evasive to manifest on a test, or believing that skeptics and the scientific method is corrupt and unable to observe or to understand their abilities. I fall into a rare or otherwise non-existent group of claimants who do not nor desire to scam people or make money with their claim and who are willing to test the claim even if it leads to falsifying it (ie. proving that the claim does not exist). The objective of my investigation is to learn more about the experience that is the claim and to document the process of paranormal investigation and the social phenomenon of skeptic-woo* interaction. And to ultimately reach a final understanding of the claim to understand what it is, and what it can or can not do. The goal is not to verify a paranormal claim, but the goal is this investigation itself. (*A woo is what skeptics call any paranormal claimant or paranormal claim.)

The chart below shows how this investigation progresses and what the possible conclusions can be in this investigation. The first question to be answered is, is the accuracy of my perceptions high enough to imply that my claimed ability is interesting enough and worthy of this investigation? Can I really in a test setting acchieve accurate health perceptions? Because if I can not, or if my perceptions fall within what chance and random guessing would acchieve, then what I am doing or experiencing is not based on any kind of talent at all. If this were the case, I would still be interested in learning about what the processes are that produce these perceptions, and the conclusion would then be that there is an experience, but no ability, and the investigation terminated.