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Geoff Crockford BSc Hons
Nigel Hughes BSc Hons

Dowsing

 


Dowsing is a phenomenon. One definition of the term phenomenon is an extraordinary and observable event. This term certainly applies to dowsing. It is a fact when a device such as a pendulum, wooden branch or L shaped rod is held a certain way and in a particular context the device suddenly moves. The movement is coordinated and precise and is called a dowsing response.
As a practice it is historically well documented. There are prehistoric cave paintings illustrating individuals dowsing. Historical accounts of its use can be found right up to the present day. There are many claims as to what this dowsing response tells the dowser. Certainly water dowsers are very successful in finding underground water indicating responses certainly provide accurate valid information about its location. Dowsing finds many uses. For some it has a powerful spiritual or mystical purpose. These uses can be found well represented in various dowsing groups and societies, The British Society of Dowsers being the major UK organization. Being part of a dowsing group is very worthwhile. Information and techniques are shared and discussed as well as new observations and ideas on the phenomenon. Activities include meetings, talks and field trips. The phenomenon can have many names divining, water witching, intuitive dowsing.
Generally it is considered some form of energy triggers the response and in doing so provides the dowser with information. A technique often employed and taught on courses involves asking questions in a certain way with any subsequent responses during dowsing interpreted as answers to these questions. Despite being an ancient practice the nature of this energy and how it makes a device move has remained unknown. Many subjective and conjectured proposals as to the underlying mechanism do not provide a realistic workable model.
When dowsing has been scientifically tested or put to a challenge in order to demonstrate whether it provides accurate and correct information, results have often been disappointing and inconclusive. Yet out in real life dowsing activities such as water dowsing and finding underground pipes and cables are remarkably successful although again a certain level of error is always evident in such activities.
Without any mechanism or model to explain the phenomenon such inconsistency is not surprising. Not enough has been about the dowsing process to confidently predict if it can perform well enough to meet the expectations and success criteria of particular tests or challenges. Also there is little or no information available on factors or variables that can affect or influence the suitability, quality and accuracy of the dowsing in particular situations. Furthermore there is no standard methodology to monitor the quality of results and improve them. Such inconsistency has led to skeptics debunking the phenomenon as a psychologically induced subconscious effect by the brain ( the ideo-motor effect). It is interesting to note that this explanation also lacks any real objective evidence as being the mechanism responsible. Without a model and an understanding of its performance, the reality of dowsing has always been in question.
 Biolocation provides such a model and can demonstrate rationally and scientifically the nature and reality of dowsing.


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