Facilitated Communication Is a Cult That Won’t Die

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P.T.Widdle
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Facilitated Communication Is a Cult That Won’t Die

Postby P.T.Widdle » November 12th, 2015, 8:38 am

A heartfelt thank you to magicians Martin Gardner and James Randi for helping to expose this troubling practice.

“These are the most vulnerable people in our society, and the last thing they need is a pseudoscientific treatment foisted on them by people who can’t demonstrate its efficacy.”

http://www.slate.com/articles/health_an ... ities.html

http://www.csicop.org/uploads/files/mar ... cation.pdf

Richard Stokes
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Re: Facilitated Communication Is a Cult That Won’t Die

Postby Richard Stokes » November 12th, 2015, 11:38 am

Could this subtle form of self-deception be the basis to major religions such as Christianity, Islam, Mormonism?

The word of god is perhaps a form of facilitated communication.

The sacred texts are faithfully transcribed by devout followers who are inspired by a non-existent being or dead prophet.

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Re: Facilitated Communication Is a Cult That Won’t Die

Postby Jonathan Townsend » November 12th, 2015, 11:54 am

The experiment where the page flips between the patient and the facilitator (the facilitator does not see the page flip) is a good application of magic to belief testing.

To keep things safe on this topic - start with the story of Clever Hans. Introduce the notion of narrative validated by others accepting it as true. Folks have not read the story 'stone soup'?
Mundus vult decipi -per Caleb Carr's story Killing Time

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Re: Facilitated Communication Is a Cult That Won’t Die

Postby Jonathan Townsend » November 12th, 2015, 12:07 pm

Richard Stokes wrote:... provkative text ...


or more simply, does language make private fantasy vulnerable to social forces?

is that really you?
http://educationaltechnology.ca/couros/2482
Mundus vult decipi -per Caleb Carr's story Killing Time


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