So what was the Philip experiment and why was it significant in the paranormal field?
The chances are that you havent heard of it but it took place in 1972 and i was a seance with one aim…..to ‘create’ a persona known as Philip.
The experiment was set to show that a seance results can be completely fictional. To proof this they plotted out a life story for him. He was born in England in 1624 and was in the military. He was knighted when he was 16. He was part of the civil war and killed himself when he was 30 in 1654.
Whilst ‘Philip’ never existed, some of the events surrounding him was based on real events, such as the Civil war but with errors added in.
The aim of the experiment was to contact ‘Philip’ and get the responses above. First attempts to contact him in a seance failed. This lead to a change in conditions to create a traditional seance.
As time went on, the group managed to get results from ‘Philip’ including answers about his background, vibrations, noises and a table moving on its own! But, Philip never appeared to show himself to the group. Not surprising considering he was fictional!
As with everything in the paranormal there are always two ways to look at it. One argument is that it shows that psychology plays a part in activity, but it doesnt rule out the existence of ghosts!
Joel Whitton, who was overseeing the experiment summed up that Philips activity and responses were due to a subconscious mechanism by the participants whilst others have argued it lacks credibility.
Similar experiments have been run since them but with no results. So what really did happen in the Philip experiment? What do you think?
In true supernatural fashion the experiment has inspired two movies, the Apparition and the Quiet ones!