Rom Houben, the Belgian man who has been in a coma for twenty-three years but is now communicating, is back in the news. The account of his ordeal was possible because of a technique called “facilitated communication.” This involves an assistant guiding his hand on a flat keyboard.
This is what James Randi, the famous skeptic, had to say:
“You see this woman who’s not only holding his hand, but what she’s doing is directing his fingers and looking directly at the keyboard. She’s pressing down on the keyboard, pressing messages for him. He has nothing to do with it.”
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