“What’s the Scientific Proof of Dowsing?”

What Convinces You?

Has anyone ever said to you, “I don't believe in what you do because there's no scientific proof of dowsing”?

What exactly can you infer from that statement? It's one you hear a lot these days, about a lot of different subjects. It's the pat objection of any skeptic.

In this post, we will address blind skepticism, which is just a form of bias based on nothing. Perhaps in another post, we can address other types of skepticism, because there actually ARE healthy degrees of skepticism.

Let's deconstruct the statement about scientific proof of dowsing on a number of levels. First, when someone refuses to believe something, they need a reason for their skepticism. Science is seen as THE authority on whether something is fact or not, so it would seem logical that skeptics will fall back on this.

As a reason for being skeptical, this is in fact pretty lame. The person is saying, “I don't know anything about what you are saying, but I don't believe it.” So the person is refusing to think; to hear; to analyze; to decide for himself. Instead, he opts to use Science as an excuse. In fact, he probably has no idea what Science really says about your subject, since he knows nothing of the subject other than occasional sound bites on TV.

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Find out what a real scientific investigation of dowsing discovered…

But is that the sole reason so many parrot this statement? Of course not. That statement reflects a number of things going on beneath the surface:

  1. The person is too lazy or doesn't feel competent thinking about something he doesn't have a pigeonhole for
  2. He has no interest in committing time to discussing it, as it will only make him uncomfortable or reveal his lack of knowledge
  3. He probably feels incompetent to debate the subject, not having done any research, not having any real facts, and actually, not having anything more than a prejudice against believing. So he needs to squelch the subject fast, because he senses you know more about this than he does, and you may even have some compelling facts or a story he cannot refute.

Bottom line is: People have a natural tendency to avoid changing their minds and their prejudices. Thus, trotting out Science is like having big brother show up to a fight…they've trumped you.

This is analogous to the statement you used to hear a lot, about something not being in the Bible/or being in the Bible, as if that settles any debate or argument you might present. (Who wants to argue with God?)

Science is the new religion, and people follow it faithfully without questioning anything. Some of these same mindless ones make fun of fundamentalist religious types for their blind following of the Bible, as if blindly following their conception of Science is somehow superior.

In any case, it is not your mission to prove anything. If dowsing works for you, great. If they don't want to try it, fine.

Have you ever been asked to ‘prove' dowsing? How did you handle it? Let us know in the comments section below

Science and Dowsing

Can They Play Nicely?

Why don't science and dowsing play nice together? I've noticed that dowsing, more than any other intuitive method, attracts engineers, scientists and those with a strong left-brain function. I myself come from a science background. And yet, dowsing and science don't seem compatible.

Over the years, I've watched in frustration as people try to disprove dowsing with half-baked pseudo-experiments, or worse yet, just dismiss it with idiotic (did I say that out loud?) statements like, “Dowsing hasn't been scientifically proven.”

Science and dowsing: a theory

After years of observation and thinking about this subject, I finally have a theory. Science, as the new religion, is treating dowsing in the same fashion that some fundamental religions did or still do. In a sense, when science and religion take this tack, they are serving the same function: telling you what you can or cannot believe in. (Check out this post on dowsing and religion for another viewpoint.)

Now that may sound harsh, but it's true that the scientific and religious establishments hand down dogma. If you don't accept the dogma, you are a heretic. As a heretic, you are subject to various forms of humiliation, ostracism and punishment. This has been demonstrated for centuries. And Science practices the same thing. It humiliates and excommunicates just like religions do.

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The Credibility Of Dowsing: Scientific Proof Of Water Dowsing

The greatest scientific discoveries came from heretical thinking, and they were not accepted by the establishment without tons of wrangling.

Max Planck, the originator of quantum theory, said:

     A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.

     New scientific ideas never spring from a communal body, however organized, but rather from the head of an individually inspired researcher who struggles with his problems in lonely thought and unites all his thought on one single point which is his whole world for the moment.

     Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery of nature. And that is because, in the last analysis, we ourselves are part of nature and therefore part of the mystery that we are trying to solve.

If Science cannot solve the ultimate mysteries of Nature, then why do we give ANY power to anyone who says, “Dowsing hasn't been proven scientifically”? I believe we do so out of conditioning and fear.

Your free will and the ability to actually think about things is a wonderful gift. Dowsing can help you exercise both.

You may come under attack for seeing things differently, but when the mindless people parrot the party line, just smile and keep on using dowsing to improve your life. Maybe someday, they, too will ‘wake up', but it isn't your job to convince them. You know dowsing works.

What's your take on science and dowsing? Do you see them as being rivals or do you think they can co-exist? Let us know your views in the comments section below

Debunking Dowsing

Science And Truth!

Hi, Maggie here. I just finished watching a brief video posted on our Facebook fan page by someone who doesn't believe in dowsing. To them, it was the final word in just how foolish dowsing is. Because, after all, it can't be scientifically proven. So debunking dowsing is easy.

If science doesn't agree, dowsing must be wrong!

You'll often hear me preach that we aren't here to convince unbelievers, and we're not. But allow me to blow off a bit of steam at some of the serious defects in this and many other ‘debunking' projects I have seen.

The biggest hole in the argument is this: if something can't be scientifically proven, it must be fake/false/hokum. Can you find the gap in that logic? Here are a few. Maybe you can add to the list:

  • Who said that science is the be-all and end-all in terms of proving things? This is a huge and faulty assumption.
  • Science has limitations determined by its ability to measure things. Therefore, what it cannot measure, it says is not real. Thus, in the past, Science scoffed at the sun being the center of the solar system, germs as a cause of infection and X-rays, to name only a few things. Oh, fine, now it can measure these things and it says you can believe them. But if its logic is true, don't bother believing in love, God, gratitude or forgiveness, as Science can't measure them, either. At least not yet.
  • Scientific results are only as good as the experiment they came from. So many experiments are poorly constructed. They yield crap results. This is quite true about the video I saw today, which had an experiment that would only look good in a 6th grade science fair. (Believe me, I know, because I taught 6th grade science, was head of the Science Department and in charge of the yearly Science Fair.)
  • One of the drawbacks in doing science is the nature of quantum reality. What you seek, you are more likely to find. Doing double blind experiments does not remedy this fact. Thus, when you set out to prove something, often you do. What does this prove? It proves that your beliefs create your reality.

Another major issue is that often there IS scientific proof, but conventional people ignore it. Max Planck said,

“A scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.”

Debunking dowsing is easier than believing!

Nigel has been spending a lot of time putting together a book that gives plenty of scientific proof of dowsing. But the unbelievers will continue to scoff, I am sure. And that's ok. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. I guess it's just a wonderful lesson in allowing others to have free will. :)

For fun, watch the 5 minute You Tube video on debunking dowsing and see if you can spot what's wrong with the science, the experimental design and the conclusions.

Have you come across those who are debunking dowsing? What are their arguments? How did you respond (if at all!)? Let us know about it in the comments section below