Engineers in the spirit world
The IEE - Institute of Electrical Engineers (soon to be the Institution of Engineering and Technology) - has a magazine that comes out monthly. It's usually pretty unexciting to people like me, though occasionally the articles are just interesting enough to warrant reading over a grabbed cup of tea and toast for breakfast.
This month, however, the letters page offered this absolute gem.
Hi, Spirits![And the guy ACTUALLY gives an address!]
As a spiritualist, I was most interested in the article 'Is Anybody Out There?' (IEE Review June 2005, p28). As an engineers, I was even more interested in the description of Noctovision, the invention commenced by John Logie Baird consisting of a combination of television and infra-red for communicating between those on the physical plane and those on the spiritual plane.
I am appealing to members to volunteer to continue to find a scientific proof to life after death by further development of Noctovision by working in their spare time. Although members will no doubt pursue their own individual lines of development, I will volunteer to act as a co-ordinator, and will periodically advise the team on progress and discoveries. Interested members may write to me at the address below.
Now, far be it for me to say that spiritualism and engineering cannot logically co-exist in the same brain-space (PAH! at best, it's a bit hokey), but I found this letter fairly jaw-dropping and provoking at least a couple of thoughts.
(a) There is a lot of stuff out there on Noctovision, and I would suggest that at least a goodly proportion of these existing enthusiasts for it would qualify for membership of the IEE/IET or similar. (As the proposed name change makes more clear, the IEE in recent times has been as likely, if not more so, to include software engineers who barely know one end of an electrical wiring system from the complexities of a standard plug - such as Cloud - as it includes engineers responsible for electrical systems). The overlap of interests between techno geeks and those fascinated by the paranormal cannot be ignored.
(b) As a collarary, one then wonders why the letter sender wants to target themselves to members of the venerable IEE/IET? (I've not published their name and address here in case in assuming they aren't keen to spread the net to attract other experimenters). Does he (mistakenly?) believe that somehow their professional status and membership makes any research they conduct into this field more viable than that done by Mr Hokey of Hokeyborough who has spent much of his life experimenting and observing methods for contacting the dead and proving paranormal experiences?
I'm just saying...