Wondering what you think of this. I'm not convinced but I think it's interesting. This guy says he's made a device that can allow two-way communication with the dead. The messages he picks up do seem to be answering specific questions and comments he's making. Not just random words or phrases.
Watch the guy's video and see what you think. I'm keeping an open mind about it, but I'm curious what you think.
Here are a few of the messages he received:
- I am the portal
- Let there be light
- The light will surround you, Mr. Huff
- Blessed art thou
- Olee's at your side
- The devil's gonna profit from you
So I watched both videos. Predictably, like the person who sent me the links, I'm unconvinced.
The way it works, which he does get to on the second video (about halfway through), is that the software scans internet radio, and pulls out words and phrases that it then plays for you. Allegedly, this software only turns on when the ghosts have something to say. "There is no continuous scan of audio," Huff tells us. "The scan only starts when the spirits want to speak."
The real problem here, though, is the same one that plagues attempts to demonstrate that rock musicians have engaged in backmasking -- hiding demonic messages in songs, so that when you play them backwards you hear voices saying things like "Here's to my sweet Satan." (That one is from one of the most famous claims of backmasking -- in Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven.") As Michael Shermer points out in his TED talk "Why People Believe Weird Things," the message only becomes clear when someone tells you what the demons are saying via a caption -- just as Huff does in his video. Before we're primed by being told what the message is, it more or less sounds like gibberish. "You can't miss it," Shermer says, "when I tell you what's there."
The other thing that is troubling is the question of why ghosts have to have source audio in order to speak. If they can manipulate software, you'd think they'd be able to do the same thing without having to rely on picking out words from internet radio. He tried making a "spirit box" that used white noise instead of scanning radio, Huff says, and it didn't work. "Spirits have a hard time forming words out of white noise as a source audio," he tells us. "They need audio with human words to really be able to leave you sentences "
Now, let me conclude with saying something I've said before; I'm not saying that the afterlife is impossible, nor that spirits (should such exist) might not try to communicate with the living. All I'm saying is that the evidence I've thus far seen is unconvincing, and I find the perfectly natural explanations for what is going on in The Impossible Box (and other spirit communication devices) sufficient to account for any ghostly messages Huff and others have received. If anyone does decide to shell out the fifty bucks for the software, however, I'd be really interested to hear what your experience is with it -- and especially, if you got information from Great-Aunt Marjorie that you couldn't have otherwise got, and not just vague messages like "The light will surround you."
Until then, however, I'm afraid that I'm still in the "dubious" camp.