Spirit vision or Pareidolia

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imageI have always been interested in one of the Schole experiments where they output a video camera to a television and the camera records what it is seeing (ITC). This forms a video feedback loop similar to what happens when you put a microphone near a speaker. The video goes round and round in a circle building interference as it circulates. In the Schole experiment faces of spirits would appear on the screen. Now sceptics could put this down to Pareidolia. This is our brains natural ability to see and recognise faces. I’m sure we have all seen a face in the grain of wood, random patterns and clouds.

I didn’t have any of the equipment necessary to reproduce this so I looked for alternative methods. There is a lot of good information on this site –¬†http://atransc.org/index.htm – that covers ITCs and EVPs. One of the methods outlined on the site involved recording ripples of water and looking at each frame one at a time to see if anything jumps out. I wanted to see if I could reproduce this experiment with just an iPad and I think it worked out pretty well.

I filled a glass beaker with water. I shone a torch into the beaker from the side and with a slight upwards tilt so as to get plenty light Into the camera. Then I started recording video on my ipad whilst getting the camera lens as near to the water as possible, without getting it wet of course. I put my finger in the side of the beaker and moved it about to cause ripples. After about a minute of recording I stopped. Now I needed some software that would a) allow me to move one frame at a time through the footage and b) allow me to save that still frame as a jpg image. After a bit of research I found an app called VideoPix, that let’s me do both, and it only cost 69p. It did crash once but that isn’t an issue.

The results were pretty good. Taking out any question of spirit intervention or Pareidolia and you are still left with some amazing art work. At times it was like a mixture of outer space, clouds and lightning. It’s early days in this project but there were a couple of good images in that set. One looks like an eye of an old loveable pooch and the other is like a face. You judge for yourself. I may add salt and food colouring next time and see how that comes out.

Is this a face from the afterlife?

Is this a face from the afterlife?

Puppy dog eyes from the spirit world.

Puppy dog eyes from the spirit world.