A term heard often in paranormal field is The Stone Tape Theory. Term was first coined in a BBC film of the same name. What is this theory, is there anything to it? I am Researching this because the inquiring mind wants to know. This theory was first proposed in the 1970’s. Hypothesis was, that in times of high stress or high emotions could somehow help transfer memory to an inanimate object, and actual recording of the event. This energy would playback in a non-interactive way (a residual haunting).
Researcher Eleanor Mildred Sidgwick claimed objects could retain, record or absorb the “psychic energy” of a tragic event.
William G Roll, Parapsychologist and Professor at State University of West Georgia, agreed with this stone tape theory. Believing the mind can create apparitions from “psychic traces of the past” by their “psi field”. psi field is defined as subtle energy that unites the mind and body, a universal life force running between all things. Energy in Chinese medicine– Qi; in Indian Yoga–Prana or Kundalini energy is also described as an aura, rays, field, audible or tactile vibrations.
Barrett stated that certain cases were imprints or “echoes”somehow become “perceptible to those living”. He became interested in the paranormal in the 1860’s after an experience with Mesmerism (hypnosis). He hypothesized these echoes were thought transferences or“place memories”. Suggesting that hauntings are memories “lost” from an individuals mind, attaching itself to the environment, showing up and replaying back as hallucinations in sensitive people.
Barrett was a member of the Spiritualist movement and was said to be duped by a medium. later founding The Society of Psychical Research in 1882.
I have not found a reasonable explanation for this theory of stone taping. Some claim it is geological, iron oxide, or rust particles, with electromagnetic fields acting as a recording device changing a persons perception of what is seen. Others refer to the water memory theory (see Water, a Ghost Essential Element) and plate tectonics, an electromagnetic charge caused by quartz in earth that carries an electric charge from movement of a fault lines. Fascinating tales of phantoms, echoes and spirits all on the rocks. Cheers !