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Ghosts discovered by accident
I completey forget to explain my note

" proof of ghosts because of blind experiment by William Dobelle, I will explain later"

from my previous entry.

One of the many tidbits of information that were given to me this weekend included this on and I find it incredibly interesting and plan on researching for some of the experiment eventually.

So this guy, William Dobelle, decided to experiment and see if by connecting video cameras to the part of the brain that allowed people to see if he could fix their blindness. He used people who had seen before and lost their sight so they already knew what the world looked like.

It turned out it worked. YAY. The colors were a bit off, and everything wasn't as crisp and clear as it had been with their actual site, but they could see.

Then came the next step. He decided to connect the cameras directly to either a nerve in their eyes or something (I can't remember) but something more specific than where he had connected them previously.

Well. . .

his test subjects were all like "WHOA!" not being sure what he did to them, but all of them mentioning that they saw these people or beings who would walk into walls and dissappear.

The experiment was soon ended, Mr. Dobelle saying they were hallucinating, that the connection had caused some sor tof whatever, and moved to some island somewhere to continue research for letting the blind see again, but no longer in the way that gave them the sight for ghosts.

My one question is if multiple group subjects saw the same ghost at the same time versus just randomly seeing "ghosts", which would lead more towards the actual proof of them versus "hallucination".

I believe anyhow, but I found that incredibly interesting.

OK back to work for me.

I hope everyone is well

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musus From: musus Date: May 28th, 2003 11:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Interesting, definitely very interesting! Those pictures I took of the scene of my accident at night were the first images of ghosts I ever caught on film. Nevertheless, the experiment is very intriguing. Do you what island? If it's somewhere secluded, I'd be inclined to say he probably moved there to avoid criticism from peers while he actually did continue his research with enabling people to see ghosts. ..just a thought though. :)
fjordhopper From: fjordhopper Date: May 28th, 2003 02:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Maybe they aren't ghosts at all, but another type of being altogether...Hmmm... boggles the mind, yet totally fascinating. Why do so many cultures have myths of other beings? whether they are called ghosts, elves, aliens...there must be something to it...

Keep us updated if you find out more about William Dobelle's experiments. (Hopefully it's not just an "urban myth")
From: aligator13 Date: May 28th, 2003 07:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
I almost didn't believe it myself, but I did some searching and found a paper of his. Unfortunately, I could only get the abstract

ASAIO J 2000 Jan-Feb;46(1):3-9 Related Articles, Links

Artificial vision for the blind by connecting a television camera to the visual cortex.

Dobelle WH.

Institut Dobelle AG, Zurich, Switzerland.

Blindness is more feared by the public than any ailment with the exception of cancer and AIDS. We report the development of the first visual prosthesis providing useful "artificial vision" to a blind volunteer by connecting a digital video camera, computer, and associated electronics to the visual cortex of his brain. This device has been the objective of a development effort begun by our group in 1968 and represents realization of the prediction of an artificial vision system made by Benjamin Franklin in his report on the "kite and key" experiment, with which he discovered electricity in 1751.
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