Oiuja Boards and the Ideomotor Effect

This is a Oiuja(pronounced “weegee”) board. It is another tool used by psychics to drowned people’s minds with ignorance.

What it is:

Bearing a name said to be derived from the French and German words for “yes,” the Ouija board is simply a flat, smooth board bearing the letters of the alphabet, numbers, and often the words “Yes,” “No,” “Maybe,” and “Goodbye.” A hand-sized, heart-shaped device perched upon three short legs, each of which has a pad or wheel to enable the instrument to slide freely across the board, is known as the plantchette. One or more operators sit around the board, each lightly resting fingers upon the top of the planchette.

What people think happens:

It is said that spirits or other super-natural entities cause the planchette to move about the board, spelling out messages and answers to questions posed by the operators.

What really happens:

This is classical example of the ideomotor effect. It is a psychological phenomenon wherein a subject makes motions unconsciously. As in reflexive responses to pain, the body sometimes reacts reflexively to ideas alone without the person consciously deciding to take action. “Automatic writing”, “dowsing”, “facilitated communication”, and oiuja boards have all been attributed to the effect of this phenomenon.

This can be easily demonstrated by the fact that when the operators are properly blindfolded, only gibberish is produced.

Stick that in your pipe and smoke it.

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