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Divining Rods for a Technologically Advanced Civilization

brass and steel
2011
Artwork by [user-name]

Here I propose an update to the traditional method of divining with a “Y” or “L” rod. Fractal element design antennas have found application in cellular telephony and microwave communications. These fractal element design divining rods utilize bends based on a space-filling curve called a Minkowski Island, named after the mathematician Hermann Minkowski, who helped build the mathematical foundation for the theory of relativity.

Though the exact mechanism behind what has variously been called “divining,” “doodlebugging, “dowsing,” and “water witching” remains unclear, many mechanistic explanations have been proposed. In his book “The Illusion of Conscious Will” the psychologist Daniel Wegner proposes that the mechanism underlying the persuasive psychological effect of divining is similar to other “automatisms” such as the Ouija board, and operates on the “principle of movement confusion,” leading the dowser to misattribute their own involuntary movement to outside agency.

In addition to space optimizing bends, the fractal element design divining rods presented here are carefully balanced and designed with sensitive swivel handles to produce a compelling effect.

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