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Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum Ghost Expedition 2018 [Baltimore MD] / Instrumental Trans Communication (ITC) – Thoughtography Experiment

Photo set captured by Maryland Paranormal Research ® at the Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum in Baltimore, MD on Nov 10 2018.  This was a reprise of a visual ITC-Thoughtography experiment last conducted at Belle Grove Plantation [Port Conway VA] Jul 09-10 2016

THOUGHTOGRAPHY

Thoughtography is the mental (or psychokinetic) capacity to produce images on film or other media through intentionality.  

  • The ITC-Thoughtography experiment aimed to obtain control images in discernable detail of members who resided in the Poe home to include Edgar Allan Poe, his wife Virginia Eliza Clemm, and his aunt Maria Poe Clemm.  Their images were conveniently situated on the fireplace mantle 

METHOD

Video was captured on a SONY DCR-SR45 camcorder.  Camcorder video was then fed to a TV tuner stick connected to a laptop via a USB port. Audio from a Ovilus-X ITC device was sent to a distribution amplifier, which was used to create co-channel interference in the composite video signal

  • In this experiment the interference pattern was generated from audio produced by the Ovilus-X, used on the phonetic setting. This device translates electronic voice phenomena (EVP) from vocal frequency (VF) into an amplified and audible form using a speech synthesizer 
  • During instances of ITC chatter, smartphones were used to capture interference patterns generated on the laptop display.  This technique represented another departure from the traditional KSM method of examining every frame of video
  • Video is a series of still pictures usually changing at the rate of 30 frames per second.  Images are produced by voltages that control color (chroma), brightness (luma), and scan information.  Horizontal and vertical scanning is moderated by synchronization pulses  

OUTCOMES

The ITC-Thoughtography experiment unfortunately did not yield discernible images of Poe family members. Most images did not convey anything recognizable.  However, some images appeared to have representations of objects or words associated with prominent works of Edgar Allan Poe

  • The camera was situated in a display room on the 2nd floor in a corner that allowed a view of the stairwell to the garret (attic).  The first two images are baseline views of the room without signal interference.  In the second image, an investigator is in the room and camera field of view
  • The next two images display a facsimile of a smoking pipe. This was a signature accessory of the fictional detective character “C. August Dupin”, who first appeared in Poe’s acclaimed short story “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”
  • The next two images appear to display the letters “RUE”, which also connects to Poe’s work “The Murders in the Rue Morgue.”  However, some might interpret the letters as “RVE”
  • The next two images appear to display a facsimile illustration of the head of a common raven.  This may connect to Poe’s most celebrated poem “The Raven”, which cemented his celebrity
  • The final two images appear to display a facsimile of a mask in the bottom left corner.  This may relate to Poe’s short story “The Masque of Red Death.”  The image possibly also contains faces at the center right position and could also be an instance of spirit photography

REFLECTIONS

The ITC-Thoughtography experiment was exploratory.  In isolation any of the reported images, which are approximations or facsimiles of objects represented, could be ascribed to pareidolia, which is the human tendency to see meaningful patterns in random data  

While different observers may see different patterns, collectively the images appear to be reasonably recognizable, although not perfect, representations of the objects in question.   And, the collective of images suggests the possibility of visual communication

There had been ample streams of EVP throughout the night and audio findings will be presented in separate posts. Some audio streams related to Poe’s ancestors such as Major David Poe (who served as the Assistant Deputy Quartermaster General for Baltimore), as well as to Edgar Allan Poe himself

While the experiment aimed for high-detail imagery obtained in the Ted Serios experiments, perhaps imaging intentionality is easier to effect on smaller scales, much as it appears easier to capture  EVP in fragmented  bursts. Nonetheless, detailed images are more convincing and leave less room for misinterpretation  

However, a question remains as to what are the sources of the effects, i.e. living and/or post-mortem agencies?  Since observers are taking photographs during apparent instances of ITC, psi functioning as well as engagement on the part of the participants may have mattered towards experiment outcomes  

Future instances of this experiment will return to the traditional KSM technique of examining every frame of video but this will be limited to high-interest periods and/or streams of audio

REFERENCES:

Braude, S. E. (2016, April 16). ‘Ted Serios’. Psi Encyclopedia. Society for Psychical Research. London, UK

Eisenbud, J. The Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery 1000 Hilltop Circle Baltimore, MD 21250 speccoll@ umbc. edu Jules Eisenbud Collection on Ted Serios and Thoughtographic Photography

Klaus Schreiber’s Video Looping ITC. (2015, Nov 23 ). ITC Voices 

Maryland Paranormal Research ®. (2016, Jul 12). Belle Grove Plantation Ghost Expedition 2016/Caroline Co [Port Conway VA] / Visual ITC From An Ovilus-X. Maryland Paranormal Research ® blog

Maryland Paranormal Research ®. (2016, Jul 30). Haunted Port Conway Virginia: King George County/ Belle Grove Plantation Ghost Expedition 2016. Maryland Paranormal Research ® blog

Maryland Paranormal Research ®. (2016, Oct 15). University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) Special Collections: Jules Eisenbud Collection on Ted Serios and Thoughtographic Photography. Maryland Paranormal Research ® blog

Mishlove, J.A. (2016, Apr 7). Thoughtography of Ted Serios with Stephen E. Braude. New Thinking Allowed with Jeffrey Mishlove, Recorded March 12 2016. YouTube

Senkowski, E. (1995). Instrumentelle Transkommunikation. Dialog im Unbekannten. World ITC

Thoughtography. (2018, January 12). Wikipedia

IMAGES:

Maryland Paranormal Research  ® at

Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum, Poe Baltimore MD. Nov 10 2018. All rights reserved

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The Pocong is the spirit of a wrapped body found in Malaysia. The Pocong is described as a spirit is described as a body wrapped in a white shroud that is tied at the top of the head. It is said in Malaysian folklore that a soul stays on Earth for 40 days and after those 40 days if the shroud is not untied the soul will not be able to leave the Earth and the body will pop up to let the people know that it’s time to untie the knots on the shroud however being tied up the Pocong will hop from place to place as well as teleport and fly. Once the knots on the shroud are undone the soul would then leave the Earth never to return.

Burnt Mills West Special Park Ghost Expedition 2018 /Montgomery…

Burnt Mills West Special Park Ghost Expedition 2018 /Montgomery County (“What’s the Spirit Thing”)

http://maryland-paranormal.com Direct Radio Voice (DRV) stream (“What’s the Spirit Thing”) captured by Maryland Paranormal Research ® at Burnt Mills West Special Park [Silver Spring MD] Ghost Expedition Sep 29-30 2018. Series of response streams received before the formal start of National Ghost Hunting Day.  Communicators were discussing the function of the P-SB7 ITC device after one had asked (“What’s the Spirit Thing”). Audio was captured with a Kinect for Windows SLS Sensor.  The DRV stage consisted of a: P-SB7 ITC device; MACKIE 402-VLZ3 Mixer; HARMON DIGITECH 1066 Vocal Processor; ART EQ-351 31 Band 1/3 Octave Graphic Equalizer; TIMEWAVE DSP-599zx Digital Noise Filter and a BOSE speaker.  Audio was analyzed with PRAAT software which provided the wave forms and voice print.  The audio was also enhanced with noise filtering and normalization using AUDACITY. [AUDIO ENHANCED][HEADPHONES RECOMMENDED]

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Random Event Generator (REG) Outcomes at Historic Shepherdstown and Museum Ghost Expedition 2018: Evidence of a Consciousness Bridge and Decline Effect?

Graphical display of Random Event Generator (REG) experiment results captured by Maryland Paranormal Research ® at Historic Shepherdstown and Museum

Random Event Generators (REGs) are statistical devices commonly employed in parapsychology to test mind-matter interactions, specifically microscopic psychokinesis (micro-pk) activity.

  • REGs generate a random walk from a sequence of 200-bit trials per second of binary [0,1] events. [The device flips a coin 200 times per second.]
  • The bits are generated by random or unpredictable fluctuations in voltages as electrons tunnel through a barrier in a diode.  High and low voltage samples are converted into 1 and 0 bits
  • The expected average from 200-bit trials having 0 or 1 outcomes is 100. Actual averages will be higher (or lower) than 100.  The difference between an actual and the expected average is termed an “error”
  • A simple random walk is obtained by cumulating the errors (or normalized errors) from each series of bit trials. For some purposes, e.g. “goodness of fit” statistics, it is convenient to compute the cumulative error squared
  • REGs also display a parabolic boundary at the 95% confidence level.  Hence random walks have a 1 in 20 chance of ending outside parabola bounds

At Princeton University, REGs were used to study global consciousness fields as part of the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) program spanning nearly three decades.  This global network of REGs is now managed by the Global Consciousness Project (GCP).

The Historic Shepherdstown and Museum Ghost Expedition 2018 REG experiment ran continuously over two epochs spanning several hours inclusive of direct radio voice (DRV) communication sessions.  

  • The first epoch commenced 7:43 pm on Aug 11 2018 and lasted approximately 4.5 hours and the tend appears to reach a turning point around 12:15 am. The REG experiment exhibited random walk trending that was mostly above baseline levels.  Overall the REG experiment delivered a medium Z score (0.962) that was statistically significant at the 17% level (in a one tailed test), suggesting higher than chance levels of psi functioning
  • The second epoch commenced 12:27 am on Aug 12 2018 and lasted approximately 2 hours. The REG experiment exhibited random walk trending that was mostly below baseline levels.  Overall the REG experiment delivered a medium Z score (-0.997) that was statistically significant at the 16% level (in a one tailed test), also possibly suggesting higher than chance levels of psi functioning
  • But was that really the case?  The runs appear to be symmetric (mirror images) with respect to the baseline.  However, the change in direction might be a consequence of declining levels of group participation and engagement.  The maximum number of participants in the communication sessions peaked during the 11pm – 12am time frame. Apart from the investigation team, most visiting participants had departed before 1 am 
  • The experiments suggest the importance of the underlying engagement in interpreting REG outcomes.  The significant down trending in the second epoch could have been due to a “decline effect” in psi functioning as engagement gradually tapered off
  • This is not a decline effect in the traditional parapsychological sense of a lowering in effect sizes, but moreso a decline in psi functioning arising from lower engagement

These outcomes lend support for indications of implicit psi during the

Historic Shepherdstown and Museum Ghost Expedition 2018.  They appear consistent with REG experiments elsewhere.  A similar type of decline effect may have appeared in the Lexington Market Ghost Expedition in 2017.  The psi functioning is implicit, working on subliminal or unconscious levels. The conscious focus of participants is on the engagement itself

  • It is not possible to precisely know the sources of psi functioning (or field effects) on the REG, whether it is from post-mortem or living agencies (e.g. experiment participants and/or experimenters themselves).
  • REG results in isolation can’t provide evidence of a haunting. A haunting involves recurring activity experienced in varied physical forms seemingly sourced to post-mortem agencies, appearing to have an affinity for a location or parts of a location
  • Instead REG results may be conservatively interpreted as a consciousness effect that at least bears some relation to efforts to communicate with post-mortem agencies, the attention and focus given to that communication, and perhaps from the communications themselves
  • The outcomes seen here are not unlike those encountered when REGs are positioned near sporting or concert events, where implicit psi from crowd engagement and attention appears to drive REG trending

The direction of bit scoring or trending in REGs is not fully understood and requires continuing experimentation  

  • Various studies suggest it may be correlated with: goal orientation or intention; emotional states; the (psychological) valence of events; the extent of attention and focus; and innate psi ability
  • In linguistics and the semantic framing around graphs, “up” is considered “good” and “down” is considered “bad.“  This kind of meaning, while natural, may not fit all circumstances affecting above or below baseline REG trending
  • If sustained REG downtrends were a signature for post-mortem agency (ghosts), this would imply that low-voltage sampling/scoring is somehow easier for this form of agency.  However that is an unknown

  • Until more is known, the statistical significance of a trend perhaps matters more than its direction

The last image is an example of lens flare in infrared light.  The camera is pointed directly at a light source, which in this case is the Microsoft Windows Kinect Structured Light System (SLS).  The SLS emits a grid of infrared laser light, which is also reflecting off the surface of the lens, generating the elliptical shapes

REFERENCES:

Comparison of Random Event Generator (REG) Outcomes In Sequential Paranormal Investigations of Haunted Locations. (2016, Jun 4). Maryland Paranormal Research ®

Maryland Paranormal Research ®. (2017, Oct 8). Ghost Expedition Lexington Market Underground.  Maryland Paranormal Research ®

Nelson, R. (1998). The Global Consciousness Project: How the Measurement Works. Global Mind.

Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research. (2010).  Scientific Study of Consciousness-Related Physical Phenomena. Princeton University School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Psyleron Inc., (2008). Random Event Generators: What is a Random Event Generator?  Psyleron Inc., Consciousness Technologies and Research.

Random Event Generator (REG) Outcomes in Baltimore County/Dundalk Historic District Ghost Expedition: Support for a Consciousness Bridge? (2017, Oct 5). Maryland Paranormal Research ®

Random Event Generator (REG) Outcomes in Frederick County/Brunswick Heritage Museum Ghost Expedition 2017: Evidence of Psi Functioning? (2017, Oct 20). Maryland Paranormal Research ®

IMAGES:

Maryland Paranormal Research ®. (2018, Aug 11).

Historic Shepherdstown and Museum: Random Event Generator Experiment at 1943 EST on Aug 11 2018. ©  Maryland Paranormal Research ®. All rights reserved.

Maryland Paranormal Research ®. (2018, Aug 12).

Historic Shepherdstown and Museum: Random Event Generator Experiment at 0027 EST on Aug 12 2018. ©  Maryland Paranormal Research ®. All rights reserved.

Maryland Paranormal Research ®. (2018, Aug 11).

Historic Shepherdstown and Museum: Underground Vault. ©  Maryland Paranormal Research ®. All rights reserved. 

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Ghost appears in background of family photo


AN UNSUSPECTING mother claims her family was photobombed by a GHOST
girl holding a teddy bear as they posed for a selfie in an empty cinema.

Is Kentlands a Haunted Mansion?

Is Kentlands a Haunted Mansion?:

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Lottes, K. (Program Coordinator, Gaithersburg Community Museum). (2018, Oct 31).  Is Kentlands a Haunted Mansion?  City of Gaithersburg Government. Gaithersburg, Maryland

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MASONIC HALL GHOST!

We went on a ghost hunt at Manchester Masonic Halls in Manchester England 11/05/2007. You can clearly see a figure in front of the door. I showed it to a Freemason who believes it is dressed in grandmaster dress. The figure was not seen at the time as the room was pitch black and the photo was taken with a flash..

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Is Kentlands a Haunted Mansion?

CITY OF GAITHERSBURG GOVERNMENT·WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2018

by Karen Lottes, Program Coordinator, Gaithersburg Community Museum

Happy Halloween everyone! Have a spooky day!

Happy Halloween everyone! Have a spooky day!