March 23, 2021

Ouija Boards - Subconscious or Supernatural?

Ouija Boards - Subconscious or Supernatural?

Over the last 100 plus years, the Ouija Board has brought frissons of thrilling entertainment to those who have dared to play.

Despite the trope of Ouija Boards being portals to Hell and a direct communication to demonic entities, the popularity of Spirit Boards has endured pop culture for decades.

This week on Xander & Stone - The Science & Supernatural Podcast  - we take a look at what science has to say about Ouija Boards and ask whether they really are a tool of spirit divination and communication or is it nothing more than the ideomotor effect?

Xander & Stone chat about the history of Ouija and spirit boards going as far back as 1100AD and take a look at how Ouija Boards have influenced writers and artists.

And what's all this about hypnic jerks?

We're super grateful to Chelsea from The Searching Pod for sharing her Ouija Board story - spoiler alert - it's about DICK.

"We found out upon moving in that the woman who owned the house previous to us died in my bedroom" ~ Chelsea

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Link to Jap Herron: A Novel Written from the Ouija Board  at Project Gutenburg:
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/33048/33048-h/33048-h.htm

Research & Resources:
https://nerdist.com/article/ouija-boards-are-even-creepier-when-you-know-how-they-work/
https://www.vox.com/2016/10/29/13301590/how-ouija-boards-work-debunked-ideomotor-effect
https://bigthink.com/ned-dymoke/new-study-reveals-the-science-behind-ouija-boards
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-strange-and-mysterious-history-of-the-ouija-board-5860627/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ouija
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jap_Herron
https://www.livescience.com/41859-ouija-board.html
https://magickalspot.com/playing-ouija-board-alone/

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