References - Excerpts - Credits :
(I believe that the brain and neural systems are the physiological elements central to the dowsing process, hence the following information.....but first, a reference to 'ignorance' and 'questions'.)
"Ignorance: How It Drives Science" by Stuart Firestein, Oxford Univ. Press, New York, 2012
Firestein defines one kind of ignorance as 'willful stupidity.....a callow indifference to facts or logic.'
But the author goes on to describe 'knowledgeable ignorance, perceptive ignorance, insightful ignorance.' He says this type of ignorance leads us to 'frame better questions, the first step to getting better answers.'
My comment: I certainly subscribe to this last description.
Firestein writes, "Questions are more relevant than answers. Questions are bigger than answers, can inspire decades-long searches for solutions, can generate whole new fields of inquiry, and can prompt changes in entrenched thinking. Answers, on the other hand, often end the process."
My comment: I don't have many answers, but I do have lots of ideas that began with questions, ideas that should generate questions in your mind.
"Connectome: How the Brain's Wiring Makes Us Who We Are" by Sebastian Seung, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Boston & New York, 2012
Seung writes---"Earlier (in his book) I argued that discovery is not just an individual creative act of a lone genius, because any new idea depends on old ideas borrowed from other people. In the same vein, one might argue that the act of discovery includes not only the creation of a new idea but also the act of persuading others to accept it. To receive full credit for a discovery, a person must influence others."
My comment: I definitely have borrowed some ideas from other people and have worked up some new ideas regarding how dowsing works.
Seung says that 'a connectome is the totality of connections between the neurons in a nervous system'. He writes that 'your connectome and mine are very different', and, 'your connectome changes throughout life'. Further he states, 'there is reason to believe that we shape our own connectomes by the actions we take, even by the things we think. Brain wiring may make us who we are, but we play an important role in wiring up our brains.'
My comment: The 'connectome' appears to be the driving central component of the nervous system. Dowsing capabilities, within the sphere of the connectome concept, appears to be dependent on the development of neural connections that relate to each person's expectations, mental focus and development of skills in this field.
"The Believing Brain" by Michael Shermer, Henry Holt & Co., New York, 2011
"In science lots of mysteries remain unexplained until further evidence arises, and problems are often left unsolved until another day.........In the meantime, it's okay to say: "I don't know, I'm not sure, and Let's wait and see."
"The scientific method is the best tool ever devised to discriminate between true and false patterns, to distiguish between reality and fantasy, to detect baloney, but we must always remember that we could be wrong..........We must keep an open mind, but not so open that our brains fall out. Provisional truths are the best we can do."
My comment: I have used a very loose version of the scientific method in setting forth ideas about what makes dowsing work. I can only hope that I have been able to distinguish between reality and fantasy in my dowsing efforts and ideas .......only time and the successful repetition of my 'tests' will tell.
"Networks of the Brain" by Olaf Sporns, The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2011
"Nervous systems function, develop, and evolve while connected to the body's sensors and effectors. Sensors relay information about exogenous signals that perturb network states of the brain, and network activity triggers effectors, resulting in bodily movement and repositioning of sensors. Hence, the body forms a dynamic interface between the brain and environment, enabling neural activity to generate actions that in turn lead to new sensory inputs. As a result of this interaction, patterns of functional connectivity in the brain are shaped not only by internal dynamics and processing but also by sensorimotor activity that occurs as a result of brain-body-environment interactions."
My comment: The key words in the preceding quote by Sporn (I believe) are the brain and neural connections and environmental interactions that enable the growth of the dowsing capabilities and skills.
"Hands of Light -- A Guide to Healing Through The Human Energy Field" by Barbara Ann Brennan, Bantam Books, New York, 1988
"If we define the Human Energy Field (HEF) as all fields or emanations from the human body, we can see that many well-known components of the HEF have been measured in the laboratory. These are the electrostatic, magnetic, electromagnetic, sonic, thermal and visual components of the HEF. All these measurements are consistent with normal physiological processes of the body and go beyond them to provide a vehicle for psychosomatic functioning."
My comment: Ms. Brennan's definition of the Human Energy Field provided some food for thought in my exploration and shaping of the concept and dynamics of the human aura as it relates to dowsing.
....and this well-known Einstein quote (from various Web sites and publications)........
"I know very well that many scientists consider dowsing as they do astrology, as a type of ancient superstition. According to my conviction this is, however, unjustified. The dowsing rod is a simple instrument which shows the reaction of the human nervous system to certain factors which are unknown to us at this time." - Albert Einstein
My comment: Einstein's quote has given me encouragement to develop my ideas about how the human nervous system and energy drives the dowsing process..... and I embrace his statement that the dowsing rods are a 'simple' instrument.
"The evidence that dowsing does not work is strong enough that any conclusions derived from dowsing are extremely suspect, and use of dowsing results in cemetery planning could put your organization at risk."
From a paper by William E. Whittaker, Ph.D., RPA
To read the paper do a search on 'William E. Whittaker Univ of Iowa Grave Dowsing Reconsidered'
My comment: I have read studies and searched for information such as the above that disputes the validity of dowsing claims. Such information has helped me to understand different viewpoints and sometimes, scientific evidence or the lack of such evidence.
My comment regarding the following writers and practictioners: I owe a lot of my early interest and understanding of techniques in dowsing to Della Shafer and her husband's history presentation, and to Brenda Marble's information posted on the Web........and others.
Also, see publications and Web references to Naomi Ozaniec, Richard Webster, Miroslav Provod, Walter Woods, Gordon MacLean, Susan Collins, Tom Graves, Elizabeth Brown, Hamish Miller, David Green and many others (Web search reference = 'dowsing' + 'name' of person).
You might be interested in reading a short PDF file on dominant eye, arm/hand and leg/foot and the possible (but probably somewhat marginal) relationship to dowsing.
........read and/or download here.
Also available as PDF files for downloading are the following:
FileFour - Ideas of How Dowsing Works
FileFive - Selected Historical Research Dowsing Experiences
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