By David Coppage

Delving into Ouija boards, committing fraud… is there anything secular psychologists won’t stoop to?

Doctrines of demons:  Clare Wilson at New Scientist reported on how psychologists at the University of British Columbia are using Ouija boards to probe the unconscious of experimental subjects.  Many conservative theologians consider these devices to be devices for contacting deceiving spirits  (I Timothy 4:1; see The Berean Call), and not a few non-theologians consider them dangerous (search Google on “ouija board dangerous”).  Even if such theological views are deemed unscientific by secular psychologists, there is no question that these devices have an occult reputation: “Beloved of spiritualists and bored teenagers on a dare, the Ouija board has long been a source of entertainment, mystery and sometimes downright spookiness,” Wilson wrote up front.

It’s not as if the psychologists are trying to debunk paranormal theories in their experiments.  The psychologists employed the devices as probes of inner mental mysteries, believing in a Freudian doctrine that “the unconscious plays a role in cognitive functions we usually consider the preserve of the conscious mind.”  One of them asked a question that borders on contact with the devil: “How can we communicate with that unconscious intelligence?”  (For background on Freud and the unconscious, see The Berean Call.)

The experimenter may not realize whose intelligence he is communicating with.  According to Wilson, the results were a little spooky: “When using the computer, if the subjects said they didn’t know the answer to a question, they got it right about half the time, as would be expected by chance. But when using the Ouija, they got those questions right 65 per cent of the time — suggesting they had a subconscious inkling of the right answer and the Ouija allowed that hunch to be expressed.”  (Note: the experimental subjects were blindfolded.)  Maybe that’s why the URL to Wilson’s story asked, “is-there-anybody-there”.

Father of lies:  Jesus spoke of Satan as a liar and the father of lies (John 8:44), the classic first lie starting in the garden (Genesis 3:4–5).  All humans fall prey to bearing false witness at times, but it is especially egregious when scientists, ostensibly committed to intellectual integrity, follow the father of lies….

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