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Double-Blind Experiments Testing Dowsing 20OCT2010

Double-Blind Experiments Testing Dowsing

Wednesday, October 20, 2010 10:42 PM
In "You Naysaying Denialists Are All Wrong, Dowsing Works!"
for the meteorite list, JoshuaTreeMuseum wrote:

"Speaking of experimental scientific method, I would
like to propose a simple, reproducible experiment
that can be performed by any genius, near-genius,
idiot or near-idiot.",

Actually double-blind experiments testing the effectiveness
of dowsing have been conducted and published. They include:

Banks, G., D. Gill, and V. Ezerins, 2005, Test Report: The
Detection Capability of the Sniffex Handheld Explosives
Detector. Naval EOD Technology Division, Naval Seas
Systems Command, Department of Defense, Indian
Head, Maryland.

Enright, J. T. 1995. Water dowsing: The Scheunen
experiments. Naturwissenschaften. vol. 82, no. 8, pp. 360-369.

Enright, J. T., 1999, Testing Dowsing: The Failure of the
Munich Experiments. Skeptical Inquirer. vol. 23, no. 1.

McCarney, R., F. Fisher, F. Spink, G. Flint, and R. van Haselen,
2002, Can homeopaths detect homeopathic medicines by
dowsing? A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial.
Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. vol. 4, pp. 189-191.

Murray, D, 2002, Double-Blind Field Evaluation of the
MOLE Programmable Detection System. Entry Control
and Contraband Detection Department, Sandia National
Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Murray, D. W., F. W. Spencer, D. D. Spencer, 1998, Double-
Blind Evaluation of the DKL LifeGuard Model 2. Sandia
Report SAND98-0977. , Sandia National Laboratories,
Albuquerque, New Mexico.

A book that discusses dowsing in great detail is:

Vogt, E. Z., and R. Hyman, 2000. Water Witching USA., 2nd ed.,
University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 248 pp.

Related articles and papers are:

Brassington, F. C., 1998, Water divining. Encyclopedia of
Hydrology and Lakes. Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences Series
no. 22, pp. 690-695. Kluwer Academic Publishers, New

Carpenter, W. B., 1852, On the influence of suggestion in
modifying and directing muscular movement, independently
of volition. Proceedings of the Royal Institution of Great Britain.
vol. 1, pp. 147-153.

Carrold, R. T., 1999, Dowsing for Dollars: Fighting High-Tech
Promises with Low-Tech Critical Thinking Skills. Skeptics

Enright, J. T., 1996, Dowsers Lost in a Barn. Naturwissenschaften.
vol. 83, no. 6, pp. 275-277.

Perrine, L., 1998, 'Human presence detector' fails controlled
tests conducted by Sandia National Laboratories. Sandia
National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Randi, J. dowsing, 1995,  James Randi Educational Foundation.


Paul H.

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