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 Post subject: interesting
PostPosted: Tue Jul 01, 2008 6:25 pm 
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I remember something about Thomas Edison. He was to have created a "telephone to the dead". Anyone else hear of it?


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 27, 2009 3:34 pm 
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Yes. His friends claim that they actually saw it on operation, although after his death the machine was never found.

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I remember something about Thomas Edison. He was to have created a "telephone to the dead". Anyone else hear of it?


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PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2009 11:45 pm 
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Actually, the so called 'telephone for the dead' was a prototype Edison supposedly planned based on the phonograph. In the later years of his life Edison became obsessed with the concept of an afterlife and the paranormal. Supposedly he would lock himself in a room for hours with nothing but a phonograph like device, he would then ask questions and leave silent pauses for answers. In 1921 Edison published an article in The Scientific American stating the following:

"If our personality survives, then it is strictly logical or scientific to assume that it retains memory, intellect, other faculties and knowledge that we acquire on this Earth. Therefore, if personality exists after what we call death, it is reasonable to conclude that those who leave the Earth would like to communicate with those they have left here. I am inclined to believe that our personality hereafter will be able to affect matter. If this reasoning be correct, then, if we can evolve an instrument so delicate as to be affected by our personality as it survives in the next life, such an instrument, when made available, ought to record something."

After his death in 1931 however, no plans or physical prototypes for his device were ever found. It is suspect that he used a regular phonograph for his studies on the afterlife. Thus Edison was the first to come up with the concept of EVP when you really think about it.


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