From: Elizabeth.Mccoy@bbs.oit.unc.edu (Elizabeth Mccoy)
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Subject: Re: What *IS* an 'E-meter?'
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In article <85934@eerie.acsu.Buffalo.EDU> salsbury@acsu.buffalo.edu (The Caterpillar Cannot Understand The Butterfly) writes: >Everyone's been talking about e-meters, and I keep hearing stories >about scams and overpriced, faked equipment, but I just want to know >what an e-meter is supposed to be/do. What is a "wheatstone bridge?" >I've never been particularly good with electronics. :-( Me either. So, from a non-techie's point of view, an E-meter is a "box" with a needle-that-measures stuff, and several dials (at least 3), connected to a pair of cans. (Nicer cans than your avarage Campbells soup cans, but cans.) The theory is that engrams [subconscious memories of a painful/stressful event that can affect your behavior] actually have a tiny amount of electrical resistance. So a tiny current is run through the cans while you hold 'em. (Trust me, one does not feel anything.) When a subconscious memory is being consciously accessed, it makes the needle do some arcane thing that shows you're looking at the right memory. The auditor (the person looking at the needle) will indicate to you that you're looking at the right thing ("*That* one." -- my mom), and you go through the memory until it is a totally conscious one. At this point the electrical resistance goes away/changes and the needle will do some other arcane thing to show this. When you make a whole bunch of engrams into conscious memories, you can get what is called a "floating needle" (I saw one once -- needle flops lazily from side to side), which is usually accompanied by a really fun feeling similar to having just won $200 or so. Often, one will laugh and giggle for a while: minutes at a time, even. No, there are no drugs associated with this. Yes, it probably has to be felt to be believed.

A Wheatstone bridge is appearently a gizmo that has to do with the current of electricity. When my mom gets up here for my wedding the 17th, I'll have my EE fiance' dissect her E-meter and post the results.

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