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Coma Man Hoax

Postby Nostradamus » 08 Dec 2009, 04:15

From: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-shermer/the-coma-man-hoax_b_371269.html

I recently learned that the coma man spoke through a facilitator. This is from the article:
Such a test was already done in the 1990s when something called "Facilitated Communication" (FC) was all the rage with autistic children who, just like the Coma Man, "suddenly awoke" from their long sleep and began talking up a storm and sounding all the world like perfectly normal bright children, some even returning to school to take classes. Only they weren't. Normal. Or talking. A facilitator stood next to a child, held his or her hand firmly in a grip with the index finger pointing down over a keyboard, then typed. In controlled tests by experimental psychologists, a photograph of an object was shown to the facilitator and a photograph of an object was shown to the child. Neither one saw what the other one saw. Sometimes the pictures were of the same objects, sometimes they were different. Result: whatever the facilitator saw is what got typed, 100% of the time, and never (0%) did what the child see get typed unless it was also what the facilitator saw.
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Re: Coma Man Hoax

Postby ProfWag » 08 Dec 2009, 04:18

It's the stories like these that have made me a skeptic who can be outspoken against fraudulent claims. The "facilitator" was obviously trying to gain fame and notoriety from an extremely unwell individual. Damn shame.
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Re: Coma Man Hoax

Postby NinjaPuppy » 08 Dec 2009, 07:22

Agreed. Con men are everywhere and take advantage of every single situation that suits their fancy.
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Re: Coma Man Hoax

Postby Nostradamus » 08 Dec 2009, 08:37

I remembered hearing about the story, but did not read about it at the time. When I went back and learned that this was not the person communicating, but the person through a facilitator then I realized that this was a con that worked on all of the reporters.
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Re: Coma Man Hoax

Postby ciscop » 09 Dec 2009, 01:35

to be honest
the first time i heard about this story
i thought about Randall Brown and Irving Bishop.. awesome mentalists from the end of the XIX..
Brown and Irving were capable of locating any object thought by an espectator, by doing what banachek calls Psychophysiological Thought reading: by touching the arm of the spectator, the spectator would conduce him (without knowing?) to the object...
is the same ideomotor response used by Dowsers, Ouija believers and Pendulum users.

So when i read about this story, i thought... hey.. maybe there are people out there that managed to master this practically lost technique...
but nah...
it end up being another scam...

i wonder if the ¨helper¨ actually has deceived himself that he is actually interpreting what the guy is saying or is just a real jerk and knows precisely what he is doing (or not doing in this case).

sad story indeed..
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