Thursday, 26 November 2009

Coma man story a hoax says Huff Post

Has the media been taken in? The feel-good story of Rom Houben, the Belgian man who allegedly "woke up" from a 23-year long coma is a hoax, according to an article on the Huffington Post.
Michael Shermer writes: "Houben's communications," his "statements" about how he's been aware all along of his condition, his "talking" to reporters (all descriptive terms used by hardened journalists softened into bleeding heart jelly) is nothing more than the "ideomotor" effect, where the brain subtly and subconsciously guides the hands and fingers over a keyboard, or a Ouija board, or directs the movements of dowsing rods in search of underground water. You think it, the hand will move there."
He adds: "Watch the video again here and here and note what the reporters say about how Houben was speaking, saying, talking, etc. For example: "described his real-life nightmare"
"'I screamed, but there was nothing to hear,' said Mr Houben" "tells of 23 lonely years".
Shermer says: "He's doing no such thing. These reporters are watching these same videos are reporting something that did not happen. He did not say anything, nor did he describe or tell. Houben is just sitting there in a chair looking like he's in a coma, with the facilitator standing next to him, his hand firmed gripped by hers, guiding his hand over the keyboard. And yet the reporters report that he is guiding her hand! Watch it again. It's as clear as can be!"

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