Pseudoscience: human spontaneous combustion

Science vloxas August 8, 2016 0 0
The science of the 20th century will understandably not recognize the phenomenon of human spontaneous combustion. It therefore also not found in the Internationnal Classification of Diseases, the list of all known diseases compiled by the World Health Organisation. Nor it is mentioned in the Index Medicus, the index on the biological and medical literature of the US National Library of Medicine. Despite all the evidence by police and fire departments consider judicial coroners, pathologists, experts in the field of the origin of fires and the majority of the other practitioners of the natural sciences the seemingly irrefutable cases of human spontaneous combustion assessed as insufficient.

Punishment from God

Such a critical attitude one has not always been assumed in the past. In the 17th and 18th centuries was spontaneous combustion, especially of drunkards, seen as a punishment from God. Progress in the field of biology and chemistry in the 19th century led to the search for what worldly causes. One can rot the following list of some additional features that alone or in combination could lead to spontaneous combustion:
  • the gases in the intestines are flammable;
  • a corpse produces flammable gases;
  • haystacks and compost heaps can develop heat to come to spontaneous combustion;
  • some of the elements and components of self-ignite if they are supplied to the air
  • exposed. This is for instance the case with phosphorus, which forms a component of the human body;
  • some inert chemicals only connections going in to form explosive components;
  • giving out light of certain insects and fish appears to be the possibility of a kind of internal fire ?? ??;
  • oils and fats, which are found in abundance in the human body, are a good fuel;
  • sparks caused by static electricity in a human body, under certain conditions
  • Fire may stabbing.


However, more and more evidence is there that can not be causes one of these possibilities of a human spontaneous combustion. Since the end of the 19th century, one finds it incomprehensible that a human body with its high water content and relatively little fat can ignite come. This incomprehensibility, however, may have to do with unwillingness ?? by not wanting to take account of opportunities that do indeed seem to occur. What all too easy to ignore such opportunities.
Flammable gases arising svertering the nail no, can accumulate in the body and cause an accident. An English clergyman in this condition was once the warning upon the expiry of the service but should not itself could blow out the candles. His breath could catch fire.
Static electricity appears to be very suitable for igniting and burning the like, regardless of through which they are fed later. According to the Fire Protection Manual, a handbook of the US National Fire Protection Association, can occur in the human body for thousands of volts to accumulate static charge. Some people are known to a much larger load have accumulated, sometimes up to 30,000 volts.
Typically, this discharge electricity through the hairs in an innocent way. For example, in factories flammable materials or gaseous operating rooms in hospitals where drugs are used, volatile circumstances arise for which such people can cause an explosion. By ?? as an explosion is, to my knowledge, however, no one ever completely burned to ashes, while the room and furniture were unharmed.
If other physical causes of human spontaneous combustion are suggested: fireballs, lightning, internal atomic explosions, lasers, microwave radiation, high-frequency sound waves and geomagnetic discharge. The way in which this should happen, is inexplicable. The latter also applies just as much to human spontaneous combustion itself.