What Is An EVP?

There are many ways to gather evidence of the paranormal. These range from small audio waves to infrared lighting and everything in between. In particular, one of these pieces of evidence seems to stand out above the rest. This key piece of evidence is the EVP, or Electronic Voice Phenomenon. These are voices or sounds that cannot be heard by the human ear, but can be heard with the use of equipment, such as an audio recorder.

Typically, when an EVP is captured, it comes through as an audible voice that can sometimes be understood. The sentences and statements the spirits say can range from intelligent responses to garbled nonsense. This may have to do with the fact that there are different kinds of spirits that one may encounter.

Who Discovered the EVP?

The earliest known and recorded attempts to make contact with the dead through audio occurred in the early 1940s. A photographer named Attila von Szalay began researching this phenomenon but didn’t become successful until roughly ten years later. In 1956, after switching to a reel-to-reel tape recorder, he believed he finally found the voices of the dead. Of course, along with new science comes new skeptics. Many scientists explain EVP’s as being auditory pareidolia, a bizarre psychological happening in which one interprets foreign sounds as words in their own language. These arguments have been countered by the fact that there are intelligent responses to questions that can be heard in many EVP’s.

The skepticism that surrounds the EVP makes them generally an unaccepted evidence in the scientific world. In the paranormal community, however, many people believe in their validity and stand by them. After all, it’s hard to argue with intelligent responses coming through audio equipment. Hopefully, as our technology progresses, we can better understand EVP’s and prove their authenticity.

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