Shadows of Mordor actually looks VERY good
It’s too bad I have no fucking clue about LotR lore because I’ve only seen one of the movies, and the books were so dry that I couldn’t make it through them.
As of lately, you’ve done some terrible things…
September 29th: National Saints Flow Day
Drink up, dear friends, and may the party never end!
A commissioned piece! (thanks for this, zuljinraynor!)
(enchantress just wants to see everything intensify)
RIP the Roshan Pit tree
In other news, apparently the new iPhone update just made it so people didn’t have cell service anymore. That’s…. amazing.
Like, what will it take for people to stop buying iPhones? The phones are behind in specs compared to Androids, actually physically bend in your pocket, and now can’t even be used as a phone when updated.
blockmind said: … I can tell you exactly how oujia boards work and how they’re not real. People need to calm down about the scare mongering shit.
Really? Please, do enlighten me! I’d love to hear it.
I’d love to!
Why Oujia Boards are Fake, How They Really Work and Why You Shouldn’t be Scared of Outdated Superstition:
To be honest I’m still amazed at how prevalent the idea of contacting the supernatural though a piece of mass-produced plastic is. Of course most of this comes from people who believe in ghosts and demons etc. and that’s a totally different argument when it comes to things that do not exist so I won’t be going there.
Now, what’s the magical force actually moving the planchette across a Oujia board?
A phenomenon called the Ideomotor Effect!
The ideomotor effect refers to the influence of suggestion or expectation on involuntary and unconscious motor behavior (this is the same phenomenon that causes us to cry when we’re sad without consciously controlling it). That means that small muscle movements in your hands are reacting to what you mentally expect would happen. Oujia boards typically ‘work best’ with multiple people because there’s more minds at play. The reason why a group of people will correctly spell one or more words together is because at least one person has an idea of what they expect the answer to be and once a word begins to take shape everyone else’s expectations follow through.
Note that the planchette and board have very little friction between them, resulting in the smooth motion that helps people to further believe that its moving on it’s own.
IN SHORT: the movement of the planchette is not due to the supernatural but to unconscious movements by those controlling the pointer. The same kind of unconscious movement is behind phenomena such as dowsing and facilitated communication.
To test this for yourself, try using the Oujia board blindfolded and have a bystander record the results! They will be unintelligible because you will not be able to see the board. :)
Also a Oujia board will never provide a correct answer for something that nobody in the party actually knows. Try asking it trivia questions that nobody honestly knows the answer to and see what happens (it won’t work!).
There is nothing occult about Oujia boards,no reason to be scared! Please don’t be worried about summoning ghosts and demons and things that go bump in the night, it’s just your really silly and complicated brain doing its thing! These messages originate from nowhere but our own minds.
"Scientific tests by American psychologist William James, French chemist Michel Chevreul, English scientist Michael Faraday (Zusne and Jones 1989: 111), and American psychologist Ray Hyman have demonstrated that many phenomena attributed to spiritual or paranormal forces, or to mysterious “energies,” are actually due to ideomotor action. Furthermore, these tests demonstrate that “honest, intelligent people can unconsciously engage in muscular activity that is consistent with their expectations” (Hyman 1999). They also show suggestions that guide behavior can be given by subtle cues (Hyman 1977).”
Hyman’s essay source