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Old 08-24-2009, 01:09 PM
SenorBeef SenorBeef is offline
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Originally Posted by alien21010 View Post
You will have to resort to dowsing if you only have two copper wires...

There have been no real studies on the effectiveness of dowsing (compared to geophysical methods), but anecdotes abound amongst geophysicists about how dowsers are right more often than we are.
No dowser has been able to prove their abilities in an objective, blinded attempt and it's been tried many times.

The JREF has conducted tests where they put 10 pipes underground and have a mechanism for switching which one the water is going through. No one has ever done better than chance.

In fact, a lot of people prefer dowsing to a hydrological or geophysical study, simply because many dowsers have a better track record than the geologist/geophysicist...

Again though, these are just anecdotes.
Come on, really, a better record? Do you have any sort of evidence or cite?

Dowsing is entirely bullshit. A dowser may be able to legitimately find what they're looking for, but it's only because they know where it is through some observational method and then either lie or fool themselves with the ideomotor effect.

Or you can just have open ended criteria. For instance, I read about a contractor who would on his job dowse for various man made objects. He claimed that the majority of time, when his dowsing tool indicated an area, it was within 10 feet (IIRC) of an electrical line, or water line, or sewage line, or something. Basically anything. But if you just walk around a random construction zone and stop in random places, you're likely to be within 10 feet of something man made.