Spontaneous Human Combustion

Published by (2009)

On a recent episode of Fringe (a rather mediocre, in my opinion, series on the supernatural), the investigators come across apparent cases of spontaneous human combustion (SHC).  Popular Mechanics decided to write an article about the science behind SHC (it turns out there isn’t any) and luckily contacted me to give them the skinny. You can read the article here.

SHC is a fun pseudoscience in that there is nothing concrete at stake – no health claims, no products, no concerns about squandering limited research funds. It’s purely a scientific question, one highly amenable to skeptical analysis.

In order to understand SHC imagine the following scene: An elderly woman who lives alone is found dead in her apartment. She is the victim of fire; her body is mostly reduced to ash, and only the ends of her arms and legs remain. The ashen outline of her head lies upon the hearth of her fireplace, the iron grill of which has been knocked to the side. There are signs that a fire recently was burning in the fireplace. A brown greasy substance coats the walls and ceiling near the body, but otherwise the room is unharmed.

Now set aside all common sense and reason, and you’ll have a typical case of spontaneous human combustion.

The idea that people can suddenly and spontaneously burst into flames … (keep reading) NeuroLogica Blog » Spontaneous Human Combustion.

One response

  1. Let me first introduce myself:

    I am a Physicist, (graduate of Manchester University UK), and have written more than 60 books and articles on various topics, (including so-called ‘Metaphysics’ which is really ‘not understood Physics’), including a book in 6-dimensional Physics on the Origin and Nature of the Universe – both Matter and Consciousness; the only conclusive theory.

    I have been looking into the SHC phenomenon with some detailed scrutiny.

    SHC is not at all spontaneous. It is initiated deliberately by an electric spark, in a water medium – high dielectric constant, (usually in the belly area), by somebody who knows how. The flames are ‘electric blue’.

    The victim does not feel any pain (and therefore does not scream) because s/he is knocked unconscious almost simultaneously or just a second before ignition.

    I know an organization* that have the know-how. They do it for experimentation but mostly to relieve the ‘victim’ from a boring or miserable life; the victim has been wishing to die for some time. Of course, s/he does not apply for it; the organization has a way of knowing metaphysically (psychic); also the ignition is remote, again metaphysical; (mental or psychic).

    I have also seen it performed with inanimate material, but the material must first be drenched with water; (like the simultaneous explosion and 100% TOTAL destruction of 98 metal containers full of various explosives at Mari, Cyprus on the 11 July 2011. I saw 98 almost simultaneous blue sparks setting it off; one in each container. Conventional explosive experts do not have this technology; In all attempts to destroy explosives, they fail to destroy them all, whatever they try.)

    Jesus Demetrius Zeus

    PS: * I know the name and the logo of this organization (It’s been around developing its skills for 4000 years).

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