This post cropped up on Google+, and I’m honestly not sure what to make of it.
‘Paragirl’ claims to have discovered a way for spirits to show themselves through the medium of a pan full of water. And every sceptical fibre in me is bursting to start mocking the ridiculousness of it – especially given that Paragirl herself opens with this:
“I was very skeptical of this since the human brain can make you think you’re seeing faces when in reality it is just plain morphing. So it was only during the past couple of days I have decided to try this, and to my surprised it worked!”
So after beginning with a caution about the brain’s tendency to see patterns – especially faces – in chaos, Paragirl goes straight on to explain how you can see faces in these chaotic systems, and attributes the presence of these faces to spirits.
I don’t believe in spirits, as they’re conventionally perceived by spiritualists and mediums and such. It’s not that I don’t believe these people are contacted by someone. But are they the spirits of dead people seeking contact with three living? I don’t think so.
And do those entities need to demonstrate their existence through ripples in a pan of water? ‘Need’, no – but that’s not to say they don’t do it.
Is it more likely to be pareidolia – that stated ability of the human brain to interpret random patterns as faces? Almost certainly.
All of which leaves me feeling as confused as you would be, reader, if you were reading this: am I mocking the fluffy spirit-believer, or accepting that she’s seeing faces in her water pan?