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Who or what is the source, the creator, the articulator,
the thing forming the EVP is open to much debate and speculation. The exact
nature of the thing(s) that might be making an EVP touches upon areas/subjects
many people are sometimes not comfortable discussing, debating or questioning.
And often even more uncomfortable considering the possible reality of the
existence of such subjects.
The following lists the most
common theories about the origins of EVPs:
- Ghosts/Spirits of the dead –
This is the most commonly assigned cause of EVPs; That a ghost, spirit, even
soul of a dead person is trying to communicate with us from “the other side”.
While this theory touches upon some religious aspects that may be unsettling
to some people there is some supporting anecdotal evidence. While EVPs can be
found at many locations, EVPs are very often found in cemeteries, hospitals
and accident sites – places where people (especially large numbers of people)
have died. This tends strongly to support the idea that EVPs are connected
with people who have died, often in a violent or unexpected way. Still another
aspect of this theory is that the spirits/souls of some people, for whatever
reason, have not “passed over” into the realm of the afterlife and are trapped
between here (their former corporeal life) and the next plane of existence.
Some believe those entities so trapped are confused and are trying to contact
us (the living) for help, or, are unaware they are dead and are trying to
interact with us as they would in normal life.
- Angels/Demons – This theory
clearly has a significant religious component. Not everyone believes in angels
and/or demons. For those who do believe, they hold that EVPs are messages from
Angels trying to inform or guide us. Some also hold they are message from
demons trying to deceive us or lure us in with small truths, then lead us into
deception once we believe them. People have reported receiving very angry,
even hostile EVP recordings though whether they are demonic in source cannot
- The Self – This theory holds
that in our true state we (our Self) exist on a non-physical plane. The Self
existed before we were born and is where we return to after we died to
awaiting returning to the physical world again. EVPs are communications from
other Self’s in the non-physical plane. Some Self’s my not be aware of this
continual cycle while others are. This theory bases a lot on metaphysics and
spiritual planes, subjects that are hard to avoid in paranormal research.
- Aliens – Some have theorized
that EVPs are from beings on other worlds trying to communicate with us. Those
supporting this theory claim beings with much greater mental capacity than our
own (or assisted by advanced technology) can bridge the vast distances between
worlds using psychic ability (ESP/Telepathy) and manifest their presence here
as EVPs. Some claim to have received technical information beyond what is
known here on Earth, though what has become of that information and why it
hasn’t been broadly made public is what often clouds this theory in doubt.
- Other universes, planes of
existence, dimensions – This theory holds that there are other universes,
other realities and planes of existence that are close (parallel) to our own
universe but not in the same physical space. The nature of what this other
universe or dimension is anyone’s guess. Some believe it’s the realm of the
afterlife, the place souls/spirits go (or are taken to) when the body dies.
The theory is that under the right circumstances beings in another universe
close to our own can momentarily bridge between their universe and ours to
delivery a short message. Why they are doing this is unknown. This theory does
have some possible scientific bases. Physicists have long theorized about
multiple universes and parallel dimensions. One theory of worm holes is that
with enough power a worm hole can connect our universe to another. Another is
that a universe can cross or intersect with another universe. When there is
enough of an intersection it may be possible for something to cross
momentarily between the two universes. Further, in the study of atomic
particles when atoms are smashed has shown unknown particles suddenly
appearing and disappearing. Where they come from and where they go is still
- Our own ESP/Telepathy – It
has been theorized that, somehow, electronic recording devices can pick up
telepathic messages from our own subconscious mind. The theory is that EVPs
are our own minds talking to us, telling us things that are deep in our own
thoughts but we are not aware of in our conscious thought. Science has
determined that most people use only 10% of their minds abilities. This theory
touches upon the unknown properties of the remaining 90%.
- Spirit ESP/Telepathy – This
theory is similar to the one above except that entities, not people, are the
source of telepathic EVP messages. This theory is supported by other theories
that try to explain what happens to the body’s natural energy upon death.
Those who believe the body’s energy (spirit, soul etc) travels to another
dimension or universe say the mind, no free from the physical limitations of
the body, can project its thoughts to us as telepathy which is recorded
electronically during EVP investigations.
- Multi-layer EVPs – An
offshoot of the spirit ESP/telepathy theory, this theory holds that an EVP
recording isn’t a single event. Rather, there can be multiple EVPs imbedded
with in a single EVP recording. Some people are more sensitive to certain
aspects of an EVP than others. This theory is often used as an explanation for
why different people can sometimes hear vastly different things when listening
to the same EVP recording. Skeptics of EVPs however say this theory is more
proof against the existence of EVPs since by definition of this theory there
is no one clear consensus opinion on what a given EVP is saying so it can say
anything or nothing at all. See Patterns In Random Noise theory below.
- Radio/Television signals –
Some people believe that the EVP phenomena is nothing more than electronic
"noise" from nearby radio, television, cell phone, 2-way radio etc
transmissions that are interfering with the electromagnetic recording
mechanisms. Some go as far as to say it may even be secret military or
government transmissions on very high or low frequencies that are being
accidentally picked up by electronic devices. Skeptics of this theory point
out that EVPs rarely sound like the dialog of a radio or TV broadcast or
commercial, nor the conversation of a telephone or 2-way radio.
- Patterns in random noise –
Skeptics of the EVP phenomena say the human mind is always looking for
patterns, trying to make ordered sense out of random chaos. The alleged voices
heard from an EVP are nothing more than our minds trying to make sense of
random sounds, trying to make such sounds fit a pattern we can comprehend.
Support for this theory is that not everyone who hears an EVP agrees as to
what is being said. Sometimes people have vastly different opinions on what is
being said, if anything at all (this aspect of EVPs we will discuss later).
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