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Dowsing doubts


I was disappointed to read Gordon Rose's suggestion that dowsing be used for finding below ground services (NCE 4 May 2006).

Given our profession's claim to have some sort of rational basis for our activities, I was expecting some kind of humorous twist, but no, it was apparently serious.

Although dowsing practioners seem to believe in what they are doing, perhaps fooled by the ideomotor effect, properly controlled tests have always failed to show any success rates above that of chance.

Anyone who can show statistically signicant better results can help themselves to $1M, courtesy of the James Randi Educational Foundation.

I hope not to see other paranormal claims disgrace the pages of NCE - what next, crystal healing for accident victims?

Paul Barnard (M) uk

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