I guess lrus could be right..it may not work for him. How do we start to explain something that we can't understand. For reasons of simplification I'll draw it up to being a 'gift' or 'talent' though Ive observed it passed down over the blood line. Everyone strives to be unique and special, and dowsing is just 'hokey' enough to be an easily manipulated con. Also its easy to fool ones self into believing something is happening that isn't etc.
For starters, dowsing usually refers to the finding of water and there are various methods. Divining conotates a stronger sense..the essence of one asking questions to the device and receiving answers..sounding much like a Ouija board.
Perhaps this explains why so many people are hokey and misguided. There is a lot of general knowledge on this topic that is based on second hand stories, and fairly non-reliable for the most part.
So back to the gifts or talents: they are things to be used respectfully for purpose and not abused, this is common knowledge i assume. When you see someone trying to display talents, unmodestly..and trying to persuade others he has certain powers, you wonder of his legitimacy. Karma knows this and dishes talents accordingly. I'm reminded of the dowser who was so good he charged 1000 bux..after his third pop...he mysteriously lost his talent..haha.
The main issue i have with the link from the "Skeptical Inquiry" is that it is done on a large amount of people, and its hard to base a conclusion on averages that are only partially useful. For example, would it not have been better to study the good dowsers and see how good they are etc? Instead what I'm seeing is some are okay, some are better, some are great, and some are full of it..lol.
So what do i have to do with it?..lol Well i dowse for water, and receive my readings from the reactions of the wands. The power is not in the wands, they are just the antenna/amplifiers. The voltage is internal. I can explain in detail how it works IMO if you'd like. But will save rambling for now...lol..oops..lol
Anyways, i drilled water wells for over a dozen years, and this was a great opportunity to compile notes from observations. After all any fool can say..yes there is water down there and walk away. It's a little different to have to tell a land holder that you consider there is water bearing strata and at what approximate depth and sufficient volume, then have to consistently prove it. Due to lack of dry holes we stayed in buisness till buyout
Through the process of trial..by dowsing..observing strata and water depths, and completing the well and re-dowsing even after to calibrate ones dowsing skills that goes beyond the average dowser. Over the years i was able to hone in on my gift, as it was a good compliment to my trade. Like instruments..gifts take tuning to be effective. Ask any backhoe operator, linelocator, or driller if they think it's crap.