❓ What do you see ❓
In a blog I follow, Finding Truth, Nate published an Open Conversation Part 2 post, and one of the topics lately has been about perception and the paranormal, i.e., ghosts. The topic led to one commenter posting a link about a ‘ghost’ appearing on a security camera at a New Mexico police station. The commenter was/is adamant that the ‘mysterious’ figure was/is a ghost or rather a “demon”. Other commenters have provided plausible explanations other than supernatural. Ruth recently shared an update in the comments.
“A mysterious moving object caught on camera outside a New Mexico police department last week has many people scratching their heads and wondering if it might be a ghost.
According to a report on “Good Morning America,“ “Police in Espanola, New Mexico, are trying to figure out what human-shaped, blurry, translucent figured was captured on camera strolling across a locked area of their station Saturday night. The video shows the figure walking through a chain link fence and slowly walking out again.
Because the outside lot is a secured area, it would be impossible for anyone to open the gate without an alarm going off, and in any event the object appears to move through objects in classic ghostly style.
Police officer Karl Romero said that at first he assumed that the moving figure in the video was an insect, probably a fly or moth. But when he looked again he saw something that made him change his mind: “Then, I saw the legs … and it was a human,” he concluded. Yet it could not be a real human because it appeared to move effortlessly through a high chain link fence. So it was “not a real human,” he concluded: “No — a ghost.”
The video has gone viral, and thousands of people viewed and commented on the mystery so far. The fact that the video was captured at a police station gave it instant credibility, and no one has suggested that the incident is a prank or a hoax.”
A Closer Look
Though the police seem baffled, there is enough information contained in the ghost video and news reports about it to identify the mystery object. A closer look at the video reveals that the ghostly blur doesn’t go through the objects in the background as claimed (such as the fence) but instead goes over them — a sign that the “ghost” is close to the camera (such as on the camera lens), not out in the secured police yard.
Furthermore the object’s scale is all wrong: Assuming — as people often report and claim — that the “ghost” is human-sized, what appears in the police video is far too small to be human. At one point when it moves over the silhouette of a metal fence post, it appears about the same size — which would be about three inches in diameter.”
So it got me to thinking about our perceptions of reality and why some people might assume supernatural while others will look for natural explanations.
“The present study investigated the relationship between psychological stress and magical thinking and the extent to which such a relationship may be moderated by individuals’ tolerance of ambiguity. Questionnaires assessing different types of magical thinking and tolerance of ambiguity were administered to 174 Israeli citizens who, during the Gulf War, resided in areas that were either exposed (high-stress condition) or not exposed (low-stress condition) to missile attacks.
Magical thinking emerged more frequently in Ss under high-stress conditions than in those under low-stress conditions. Furthermore, high stress levels exerted a more pronounced effect on the emergence of magical thinking in individuals with low tolerance of ambiguity than in those with high tolerance. Results are discussed in relation to the concept of personal control and coping strategies adopted by individuals for attaining such control.”
“Research shows that the frequency of magical thinking and superstitious behavior increases under conditions of stress. A possible explanation for this finding is that stress reduces the individual’s sense of control and that to regain control she or he engages in magical rituals or superstitions.”
“The researchers asked half of a group of volunteers to remember a situation when they felt a lack of control, such as a car crash, when a close family member had been ill or when they had felt under threat. They then conducted a series of experiments, including asking the participants if they saw images in “snowy” pictures made up of dots.
Half of the pictures contained dots arranged randomly, while the other half made up faintly recognizable pictures, such as a chair, a boat or a planet While the volunteers saw 95 percent of the hidden images, the group under pressure also “saw” images in 43 percent in the random dots. They were also more likely to believe in superstitions like having “lucky” socks, the scientists found.”
Out of curiosity, I thought I’d conduct a psychological experiment on perception and stress incorporating micro stuttering. Some may see and hear the phenomena, others may not. Micro stuttering (jump) is the manifestation of irregular delays in visual and/or audio between frames which can render noticeable jumping. If you want to take part in this experiment — to prevent subject-expectancy effect — please do not read the comments below before viewing the 17 second video. After viewing the clip, I look forward to your feedback.
Note: Make sure there are no distractions such as drinking or eating while viewing/listening.
Was there any noticeable jumping?