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Considerations for Electronic Voices

An astute observation on how science and religion must approach electronic voices by Professor Peter Prescott…

Carry on Talking by author Peter Bander“A great deal of the content of the Voices is not really logical in our normal sense of the word. What we receive does not string together in long sentences which, for example, would give us predictable results. The Voices do not tell us what to do; they don’t talk about an event tomorrow at twelve o’clock; they often mention something to which all intents and purposes is obscure, but it may to some degree contain an insight. So does the information I referred to earlier. We have therefore two areas of expertise, one of them is perceptible through the medium of the tape recorder, the other is perceptible through our own mind. There is somewhere a connection between the two; I do not believe that these voices will change our notion of another type of existence; it will probably be shown that this ‘after existence’ is of a far more complex nature than we have preferred to imagine until now. We will undoubtedly suffer change due to this new notion of an ‘after existence’ and it will become a public notion, but at the moment, I doubt whether it will change the public notion of life after death.

By our present standards of logic it is even possible to say that the nature of the voices shows an experience of a mental disorder, but this is not so. This is simply an area of existence about which we have little or no knowledge at all. We cannot use our normal pattern of logic because it is not based on that type of evidence. The evidence obtained from the voices is not empirical today, but may become empirical in the future. The tape recorder has forced our hand and made it necessary to accept the voices as empirical evidence. However, as yet this evidence is only acceptable to a small number of people. I cannot really comment on the physical production of the Phenomenon but I do not believe that it is produced by the individual conscious or subconscious mind. I do not accept that the voices are ‘extra terrestrial’ in the normal geographical sense; it appears that the voices are within our environment and it often looks as if they hear, see or sense features of our own environment which we recognize and they comment upon. This leads me to the conclusion that they are during the time of the transmission within our definable area. However, it is obvious that the voice entities are beyond our defined empirical level. Something that is observable through the medium of the tape recorder is no longer supernatural, it exists in conformity with certain natural laws; its production occurs within defined possibilities of such laws although these possibilities might never have been explored before. We do not have to change our basic conception of physical laws to experience these voices. Our task is now to define the points at which they materialize. Apart from the serious scientific criticism whom we must and can satisfy to the existence of the voices, the more general criticism I have encountered is usually motivated by a genuine lack of religious faith; there is a paradox of belief within many people who are prepared to base their faith upon something completely above and beyond themselves, but who are not prepared to accept evidence which would show concretely that there is a type of existence different from our own. Anything that does not show the trappings of a heavenly appearance or confirm an after-life according to their own imagination is not acceptable to them. Deep down they are terrified to accept the rather serious implications of such evidence. Their entire thinking is guided by the ‘here and now’ which clouds their every thought of an after-life.”

Peter Bander’s book, Carry on Talking, is a great examination of the early EVP pioneers. You can learn more about what he learned from his interactions with them by clicking here.

(Prescott, Peter as quoted by Bander, Peter. Carry on Talking: How Dead are the Voices? PPS 114-116. 1972)


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