Wednesday, 2 December 2009

The PVS man and Facilitated Communication

When I saw the video of Rom Houben, the Belgian(?) man in a Persistent Vegetative State following a car crash 23 years ago, I was deeply sceptical of the way he was supposedly communicating with the outside world. It just looked too easy for it to be the carer who was doing the communicating.

It seems I'm not the only one. Steven Novella at http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/?p=2838 doesn't believe it either.

He has clearly revisited his article later and has added:
Addendum: Here is a new video in which Houben clearly has his eyes closed while the “facilitator” is typing furiously. This is completely impossible. (Hat tip to Orac for the link – he has also discussed the case.)

Actually, the video link seems to take you to a whole page of other links, so be warned.

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