Facul-TEA @ The Library with Wil Lindsay

Digital and electronic tools

Digital and electronic tools have been modified in an attempt to communicate with the dead

Apophenia is the “experience of seeing meaningful patterns or connections in random or meaningless data.” The term was coined by neurologist Klaus Conrad and defined as the “unmotivated seeing of connections.” Wil Lindsay, M.F.A., assistant professor of Digital Media, presented his research titled “Apophenia: Building Radios to Talk to the Dead” on November 28th, 2012.

Taking a skeptic’s point of view, the  presentation focused on Lindsay’s recent investigation into the history and use of digital and electronic technologies that have been repurposed for communication with the dead. He explained that notable scientists from Nikola Tesla to Friedrich Jurgenson have helped to promote the idea of using technology to communicate  with the dead.

About Heidi Ziemer

Instructional and Outreach Services Librarian at Albright College Library
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