Post by Graveyardbride on Sept 24, 2014 8:15:31 GMT -5
Exploring Electronic Voice Phenomena
Jolyon Jenkins reports on the world of electronic voice phenomena (EVP) – the community of people who believe the dead can speak to us through radio transmissions and white noise. The technique was introduced to the English-speaking world by a mysterious Latvian, Dr. Konstantin Raudive (above), who traveled to Britain in 1969 with recordings of Hitler, Churchill and Stalin speaking from beyond the grave. The method is now a mainstay of paranormal investigators. Jolyon unearths tapes from 40 years ago made at a key séance held by Dr. Raudive in Gerrards Cross. Raudive eventually came to believe a budgerigar called Putzi was passing on messages from a dead 14-year-old girl. Jolyon speaks to EVP current practitioners and to a man who believes his recordings of animal noises also contain messages.
The claims are improbable, but they reveal interesting things about human perception: about our ability to construct meaning from meaningless sound and how our brains naturally fill in the gaps where information is incomplete. Optical illusions are well-known, but we are equally prone to being fooled by audio illusions. Sound artist Joe Banks suggests that while EVP researchers may be carrying out parapsychology experiments, they are unwittingly conducting conventional psychology experiments.
Click on the link below and listen to the 28-minute audio:
There's something I don't understand about EVP. Well, actually, there are a lot of things I don't understand about EVP, like how can a person of normal intelligence believe people suddenly lose their ability to speak when they die. But another thing is how the heck does a dead person communicate in a language he couldn't speak while alive? Hitler's allegedly speaking in Lithuanian reminds me of Arthur Conan Doyle and his wife claiming Houdini's mother communicated in English through automatic writing, when she could not read or write in English. When asked how this could happen, Conan Doyle reportedly said, "Perhaps she learned English after she died!" If Hitler, or anyone else, were going to bother learning a different language after death, you can bet it wouldn't be freaking Lithuanian! Furthermore, if the dead were, indeed, communicating, their communications wouldn't have to be interpreted by some ghostbuster, they would speak clearly where they could be easily understood.
I listened to the audio and I didn't hear anything like what the person doing the recording said he heard. I also can't understand why anyone would think that the dead would speak by making garbled sounds when there are many cases of the dead speaking clearly.
If someone in the group is into EVP, I'd like for them to explain why they don't think that a ghost could speak clearly if they wanted to communicate with the living.
Post by aprillynn93 on Oct 2, 2014 14:22:29 GMT -5
I do like EVP, but I will only consider it if it is completely clear and intelligible. It also has to make sense in context with the situation or question asked. One word responses are not good enough either. It must be a concise sentence. Anything that does not meet all this criteria I dismiss. EVP that does meet this criteria are VERY rare. I have heard only a scant few in all my years involved with the paranormal that I think may be authentic communication. I cannot say though that even these few are ghosts speaking to us, but I cannot explain them either. The fact that I can't explain them leaves me open to the possibility that they are spirit communication.