This is the end of the line.
I’ve been writing this site for over three years. It’s been a most enjoyable, mind-expanding process.
I still love daydreaming about what the world might be like if we could speak to the “dead” via a reliable electronic device like a cell phone. It’s such a fertile field for speculation.
I’ve long felt that even if the SoulPhone wouldn’t arrive for another hundred years, thinking about what it might be like to have it available to us is an eye-opening, visionary exercise. Like science fiction, it offers a shift of perception that helps us better understand our current world.
For example, take the juicy idea that in some future, a murder victim might testify via SoulPhone in their murderer’s trial, let alone help police identify a killer. Pretty exciting stuff. As soon as you start to consider this possibility, it opens up a doorway to thinking about soul survival, what it would mean to be an eternal being, the relationship between a material and a postmaterial world, how God figures in all this, what our world might look like if we knew that ‘spirits’ could witness our daily lives, and so on.
Long story short, I find great value in pondering “what if” scenarios and mysterious maybes. But I also find that many people only want to speculate on what they firmly believe is true. People are impatient. If they can’t buy it now, they don’t want to think about it. Until the SoulPhone is real, they’re not interested. Nothing wrong with that, I should add. Just not my style.
From my viewpoint, there appear to be four main groups of people who speculate on the SoulPhone:
The first group includes those who are eager (sometimes to the point of desperation) to communicate with someone who crossed. They tend to patronize mediums (assuming they can afford the expense) and yearn for a more reliable, verifiable way to make contact. They crave the potential for text, voice, or teleconferencing contact with those beloveds they miss, which is quite understandable.
The second group includes those who are interested in the social change they believe would follow the introduction of the SoulPhone. They lean toward having a rosy view of the afterlife and like to believe that the SoulPhone will validate that view through the communication with luminaries it potentially empowers. They are eager to hear “the dead” share perceptions in their own words, giving us great insights into not only our material world but into life in other dimensions.
The third group includes skeptics and cynics convinced that talking with the dead is ridiculous, even if the dead survive a crossing. They wonder whether or not the SoulPhone is a fraud, what horror story scenarios something like that could unleash, why it will never get out of the laboratory alive, or how in their view it breaks Biblical or religious admonitions. Their curiosity about the SoulPhone is negatively charged.
A fourth group might consist of those who are not interested in even the idea of a SoulPhone because their beliefs already rule it out. They could be atheists, intensely religious (opposed to “contacting the dead”), scientists with different research priorities than soul survival, or people indifferent to spiritual curiosity. They just tune out (like how I tune out professional sports or slasher movies.)
On the whole, though, I’ve been surprised at how generally unpopular the idea of the SoulPhone is. It’s like how an avid sports fan would be surprised to discover that I had no interest in the World Series, the Super Bowl, the Olympics, and roller derby. “What?”
SCIENCE IS A SLUG
Science is often slow and tedious. When I began this site in 2017, the optimistic verbiage coming from the SoulPhone Foundation suggested that steady progress was being made. That’s still apparently true today; however, all that progress is confined to the lab where the public has no access to it.
Inventors often publicize their plans way ahead of schedule, sometimes to attract investors. Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla famously did that. I think the SoulPhone Foundation did that, too. Despite ridiculous sums of money others spend on various research projects with questionable value to humanity, spending money to attempt communication with ‘spirit’ seems too far into the Twilight Zone for many. This greatly limits fast forward progress.
In my own journey, I still look forward to the SoulPhone. However, while waiting I’ve spent time catching up on other sources of input about mediums, afterlife, near-death and out-of-body experiences, and psi research. That process only intensified the questions I have. More than ever, I wonder if popular conceptions and portrayals of mediums talking with ‘dead people’ actually reflect what would happen on a SoulPhone call. I’ve covered that topic elsewhere in this site.
Something I’ve noticed in much of 2020 is the portrayal of opinion as fact. Someone hears or reads a message from someone’s spirit guide and takes it as fact. Someone hears an unvetted historical character make a claim through a medium and believes it as true. While I am not one to call a medium a fraud without cause, I will be most suspicious of mediums who say that James Randi is sorry for misleading the masses.
I may add a post or two more to this site as something like an epilogue to sum up my journey of three years. However, considering the financial and energetic costs of keeping this going into 2021, I think it’s time to fade into oblivion.
I want to thank those of you who commented on this site. Your feedback kept me inspired and your questions challenged my thinking.
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