Re: Psychometry, et al

Maxine Kleindienst (mkleindi@CREDIT.ERIN.UTORONTO.CA)
Wed, 7 Dec 1994 15:14:05 -0500

"That guy", Prof. Norman Emerson, was a graduate of the University of
Chicago, and in his time a productive and well-known professor of
Anthropology at University of Toronto. Toward the end of his tenure he
became interested in some out-of-the-way endeavors, such as whether one
could locate archaeological remains through dowsing. In the beginning he
had a testable hypothesis problem-oriented point of view, which
apparently altered to become more in line with fulfulment of wishful
thinking. E.g., he attempted to gain "better" or "more truthful"
interpretations of archaeological items through a psychic reading.

As one who has played with a dowsing rod, I can only report that for me
it does react, and I cannot explain why. It does not react for everybody.
When localities were tested, we found that there was evidence of
disturbance of the subsurface stratigraphy, not necessarily by humans.
This is not a normal part of my field methodology.

Happy holidays, everybody!