The SoulPhone™ is a generic brand name for a product in development that lets flesh humans communicate with humans in spirit. Four different modalities are in the works: a yes/no switch, a keyboard for texting, an audio device, and a video interface. For convenience’s sake, I use the name SoulPhone to refer to them all.
When I mention to people in a free-for-all place like Facebook that a SoulPhone is being developed, I get a wide variety of feedback. Some people immediately see the value in such a device. Usually they have a loved one in spirit they yearn to connect with.
Other people, and a surprising number at that, blow rhetorical razzberries on the notion of a device for talking to dead people.
Here are some common responses:
• This has already been done. A product like this already exists. Check it out on YouTube. (Usually this is not a very helpful tip as no link or product name is provided.)
• Nobody needs a SoulPhone. You can talk to your deceased loved ones yourself. Just learn a simple, easy technique. (This tip often comes with a link to a book or video for sale, frequently by the author.)
• Other groups already exist that do this kind of research. The more is not the merrier.
• Technology for talking to dead people? Now I’ve heard everything!
I can understand how someone not very familiar with the SoulPhone may think it’s just a toy or another woo-woo phone gadget to be taken with loosely veiled ridicule. People often make snap judgments on new ideas. Facebook is not seen as a reliable harbinger of the truth because so many people use it to pass along unvetted material. No matter how well-intended the poster may have been, Facebook and other social media are teeming with click bait and misinformation.
MYTHS ABOUT THE SOULPHONE
In a myth-filled social universe, here are some truths:
• Nothing like the official SoulPhone (currently under development) exists. Nothing is and has been as rigorously tested under scientific protocol as the official SoulPhone is and will be. To my knowledge, no other device out there has been developed in university laboratories under exacting testing procedures.
• The SoulPhone technology is not another EVP (electronic voice phenomena) or ITC (instrumental transcommunication) device. It will not require subjective interpretation (often outrageously subjective interpretation) of various and sundry words, squawks, leaps of static, and other noises. The interactive communications will be true conversations in the real-time sense. (This is certainly not intended to diminish one iota from the work of serious pro-am researchers who experiment with EVP and ITC.)
• Where most EVP and ITC devices offer hypothesized communication from the other side in short bursts, just a few words of content at a time, the SoulPhone is aimed at providing real-time conversation. It may take years of perfection to get it this good, but that is the aim.
• The SoulPhone will offer multiple ways to make contact with spirit (right now called hypothesized spirit.) This includes the fundamental yes/no switch, followed in less than a year by a working keyboard for holding text conversations. This will be followed by audio conversations with spirit and video. Once even the basic yes/no switch is online, scientists here will be able to get much more information from scientists on the other side (now hypothesized.) Once scientists from both dimensions can communicate, it will help power the evolution of the technology.
• The SoulPhone serves different functions that most people commenting on it do not consider. Its intent is far beyond obtaining secret recipes Aunt Clara took with her to the grave. A primary role is to give access to conversations with deceased loved ones that do not involve interpreting a message as with a medium. In addition, the long-range purpose is for humanity to learn much more from those who have passed on about the continuity of life.
• One of Dr. Gary Schwartz’s science heroes is the late Professor Carl Sagan, PhD, Cornell University, who famously said, “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.” The SoulPhone is being designed under strict scientific protocols being developed by Dr. Schwartz, a former Harvard and Yale professor now at the University of Arizona. Schwartz, a career scientist and professor, works with a team of electrical engineers, optical physicists, and software experts to research and develop spirit communication technology. That means that eventually he will be able to explain to the satisfaction of the scientific community why the SoulPhone is legitimate. Gary designs his experiments in light of all possible objections he can think of (and as a scientist he thinks of plenty.)
• Mental mediumship, as spectacular as it can be, depends on subjective interpretation. (Let’s overlook outright fraud.) The sitter (client) has to interpret meaning from what a medium says. A very good medium may hit 80% accuracy. What constitutes accuracy is also very subjective. A medium may say, “I’m seeing a red flower. What does that mean to you?” The sitter may or may not have an instant answer. Perhaps Bette Midler’s classic song “The Rose” has a symbolic meaning to the sitter, who then draws the conclusion that the medium was talking about the song, “obviously” a sign from a deceased loved one who adored that song. A SoulPhone would not require these leaps of interpretation. In a SoulPhone call, a person in spirit could say, “Remember our song, The Rose?”
A friend asked, “Why do spirits always talk in riddles and metaphors? Why can’t they just say what they want us to know?”
The bottom line of the SoulPhone is a communication device that empowers spirits to do just that. As for Dr. Schwartz, he plans to offer extraordinary evidence.
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