Is ‘coma’ man really conscious?

By now most of the world has heard of Rom Houben, the unfortunate man who has been in a coma for the last 23 years. Much to the amazement of doctors, Mr. Houben now seems to be able to communicate via the assistance of a computer and, more importantly, a human helper.

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James Randi

Many are horrified to think that Mr. Houben has been aware of his soundings for all those years even though being to all appearances in a vegetative state.

However…

James Randi has seen something very much like this before and has cast great doubt on the claims being made about Mr. Houben’s ability to communicate.

You can read the comments from James Randi about this issue here.

Also read or listen to James Randi being interviewed about “Facilitaed Communication” by Dr Paul Willis from the ABC here.