What Are The Chances?


The turn of the twentieth century brought forth a new generation of “Spirit Communication”. Aside from the classics such as Ouija Boards, Dowsing and EVP the electronics revolution (powered by television) spawned new ITC devices.  Some were “hacked” radio scanners that randomly scan the airwaves producing choppy word segments that many pareidolic minds twisted into whatever dialogue they wanted to hear. (I know, I know, it said your name… OK).  Others are programmed devices said to sample the atmosphere for changes in electro-magnetic energy and temperature and with that special calculation spit out one of it’s thousands of  pre-programmed words.

I have worked in the electronics field for years. My background is in bio-medical electronics and I worked for years in a research and development firm designing electronic creations.  The aforementioned device known as the Ovilus simply does not do what so many proclaim. Even the label says “for entertainment only.”   So how do so many people get what seems to be intelligent responses?  The answer is simple. It’s pure chance…. yes really.

In the world of statistics the chance that a random word will match your environment or question is really pretty good. In fact for it to be statistically significant it would need to exceed an 85%  hit rate on a sample higher than 50. For you statistic minded folks the calculation can be made using what is known as the frequentest inference.  For the sake of those gritting their teeth  at the idea of doing complex math I will forego the heavy details and skip to the demonstration.

I have created a tool that contains a word bank of 4067 words. The same amount as the Ovilus X (same exact words too). When you click on the link below the numbers you will see flashing across the screen are randomly generated numbers. When the numbers are within a certain range a random word from the word bank is displayed.

If you leave the tool running for a few minutes you will soon see that random chance can easily have the appearance of intelligence. The generate words will eventually match elements in your environment, life and maybe even your mind. This is, in essence, how devices such as the Ovilus, Spirit Box and many other ITC products appear to be “communicating” with an unknown world, and how they create such a stir.

Keep in mind  that no matter how intelligent the responses from this device may seem to be, the words you are seeing are 100% random and there are absolutely no sensing elements or intelligence programming involved.  What are the chances ?

I would love to hear about your experiences.