Isn't there a pretty strong consensus among the experts that "facilitated communication" is actually a Ouija board like phenomenon where the facilitator is actually determining all the letters through small muscle movements (the 'ideomotor effect'), whether consciously or subconsciously? >From what I understand, whenever they do tests where the disabled person is exposed to some sensory information that the facilitator doesn't have access to, they always appear to be ignorant of this information in the facilitated communication. Here's an article with more info on the case against it:
http://www.skeptic.com/eskeptic/06-05-25/ This is also discussed in the article Brent linked to, and although it mentions that Anna believed some studies showed it work, no mention is made of any studies with this type of protocol where the facilitator has no way of knowing the answer but the disabled person should. The explanation that the facilitators don't want to put the disabled subjects on display like "show ponies" is unconvincing--surely it should be up to the disabled subjects to decide for themselves, and it would be a rather amazing uniformity of opinion among a large and diverse group if they *all* refused to participate in such tests (especially given that solid evidence of facilitated communication being genuine would probably result in considerable mainstreaming, meaning a lot more disabled people would get the opportunity to use it in the future). Jesse On Tue, Oct 20, 2015 at 6:59 PM, Brent Meeker <meeke...@verizon.net> wrote: > A strange, and sad, case. But Facilitated Communication would seem to be > a corollary of Bruno's idea that conscious persons are "out there" in > platonia and just need the proper physics in order to interact with us. > > > http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/25/magazine/the-strange-case-of-anna-stubblefield.html?_r=0 > > Brent Meeker > > -- > You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups > "Everything List" group. > To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an > email to everything-list+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. > To post to this group, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. > Visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list. > For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/d/optout. > -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email to everything-list+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. To post to this group, send email to email@example.com. Visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list. For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/d/optout.