Many news sites have been carrying a story today about a man who allegedly for 23 years has been "locked in" to a paralyzed body while being "fully alert" but misdiagnosed as being in a vegetative state.
The James Randi Educational Foundation has published a rebuttal -
The "facilitated communication" process consists of the "facilitator" actually holding the hand of the subject over the keyboard, moving the hand to the key, then drawing the hand back from the keyboard! This very intimate participatory action lends itself very easily to transferring the intended information to the computer screen. In the video you have just viewed, it is very evident that (a) the "facilitator" is looking directly at the keyboard and the screen, and (b) is moving the subject's hand. The video editing is also biased, giving angles that line up the head of the subject with the screen, as if the subject were watching the screen...Watch the first 30 seconds or so of the video embedded above to see what James Randi is talking about. He explains the "clever Hans" effect more at the link.
Via Reddit, where commenters are equally outraged at this travesty.