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Last edited at 11:53PM on 7/28/2012
Anytime is fine for a Ouija board, but it might be more exciting at night. That doesn't mean they work, though. Ouija boards are in the same class as psychics, palmistry, talking to the dead, and crystal balls. They are made of wood or plastic and in no way can communicate with spirits or entities. Many people think the planchette moves by itself. This is simply not the case. The seemingly autonomous movement is attributed to the idiomotor effect.There is nothing wrong with using one for entertainment but don't expect to communicate with spirits. Also, do not use it to make any important life decisions. Your subconscious and the idiomotor effect would combine to point you in a direction you already want to go.
Ouija boards demonstrate how superstitious humans actually believe they are in contact with the supernatural. If this were the case - every science lab in the world would be studying them as the first valid evidence of the existence of the supernatural - they are not because there is no supernatural - I know, hard to believe - given everything you've been told from childhood on and have seen in movies or read in scary books. What a buzz-kill. Scientists have studied exactly why the planchette appears to move on its own - unconscious micro-movements are issued by each player's brain - an "idiomotor neuronal stimulation" that is below our ability to detect the typical feedback sensations we get from any physical exertion. Think of it as comparable to what your eye's iris does when you walk into bright light - it contacts - but you don't feel the micro-muscles that caused the contraction - nor even the rapid staccato (saccades) movement your eyes make all of the time in the process of seeing. These sensations are exactly like the sensations you don't detect when moving the planchette - and this has been repeatedly studied and validated by science - there are no spirits or demons or ghosts - ultimately, you are the ghost in the machine.