« In Which It Is Shown That The Teeth of History Are Embedded So Deeply In Obama's Ass They Have Become His Own Personal Vagina Dentata | Main | Everything New Is Old Again »

November 25, 2009

Sadly Coma Man Is Probably Still Deep in a Coma

Another contender for the worst reporting ever: "Coma man" : Respectful Insolence
Look at the video again. Consider the claim and compare it to what you see. Here is someone who is rapidly going from letter to letter, yet it is claimed that Ms. Wouters is "feeling for minute twitches" in Houben's forefinger. Does it seem plausible that these minute twitches can lead to such rapid typing, even with practice? Not to me. To me this looks like a clear case of facilitated communication. Basically, it's the same principle as a ouija board; it's the ideomotor effect. All it is in general is what the "facilitator" hopes or wishes it to be, whether she even realizes it or not. Examining the video, it looks to me as though part of the time Mr. Houben is not even looking at the keyboard; yet his assistant keeps typing. At one point it looks as though Mr. Houben's eyes are closed. If that's not enough for you, then look at this video, where it is even clearer that Houbens is not even looking at the keyboard at various points when his facilitator is typing.

Posted by Vanderleun at November 25, 2009 8:19 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

Your Say

Post a comment

Thanks for signing in, . Now you can comment. (sign out)

(If you haven't left a comment here before, you may need to be approved by the site owner before your comment will appear. Until then, it won't appear on the entry. Thanks for waiting.)


Remember me?