"I don't claim anything, because I don't know anything..."


What the hell does Thomas Edison have to do with The Beyond?

 Everything.

   Thomas Edison is to The Beyond what One-Eyed Willy was to The Goonies. He was the first Beyonder.


   We all know that Edison was considered the Father Of Invention. Nobody can question the fact that he was a genius, ahead of his time. He believed that he could build ANYTHING as long as he had the proper equipment and parts to do it. And he proved it, the light bulb, the motion picture camera, the phonograph have all been fully integrated into our lives. I mean, lets forget all the other little things he invented, but can you imagine what life would be like if those 3 things hadn't been invented? No light bulbs? No Ipods or DVD's? No Star Wars? That would suck.

   Edison shaped a lot of our lives in a lot of ways, but what a lot of people don't realize that he was also a pioneer in paranormal studies.
   In 1920, after the First World War, a lot of people found religion. It could have been because of all the loved ones lost in the war, but for whatever reason, many people returned to their spiritual roots. Edison, who had always been agnostic didn't agree nor disagree with any religious teachings. His theory was purely scientific. The idea was that when a person died, although the body decayed, the intelligence that it possessed lived on.

   With those beliefs, he attempted to take it a step further. In 1920 many magazines wrote article after article about Edison and his new project, a machine to communicate with the dead! That idea might sound ridiculous to you, but put yourself in that time. This man just recently created recorded sound, movies, and he gave the world artificial light! He was like Superman! Of course, I'm exaggerating a little, but not much. After all that, in the eyes of the world, he could do no wrong, and very few people doubted that he could do it.

   He wrote, If our personality survives, then it is strictly logical or scientific to assume that it retains memory, intellect, other faculties, and knowledge that we acquire on this Earth. Therefore it might be possible to construct an apparatus which will be so delicate, that if there are personalities in another existence or sphere who wish to get in touch with us in this existence or sphere, this apparatus will at least give them a better opportunity to express themselves than the tilting tables and raps and ouija boards and mediums and the other crude methods now purported to be the only means of communication."

   Edison began corresponding with Sir William Crooke, the British Scientist who invented the vacuum tube which Edison used to invent the light bulb. Crooke was of course was eager to help out because he was also very interested in paranormal studies, and had a pretty large collection of his own 'Spirit Photography.' That photography led Edison to believe that If spirits could be caught on film, then his machine had a good chance of working.

   Edison kept notes and journals with information about the machine, and supposedly finished it. Very few claim to have ever seen it. Some say it never worked, others say he never completed it. And there are other stories which feature another possibility in which he actually completed, and used the machine. I guess we'll never really know what happened. He spoke with colleagues openly about his experiments and the idea that our intelligence lived on. He also claimed that when his time came, he would find a way to send a sign from beyond to show people that our intelligence DOES live on.

   In October of 1931, Thomas Edison died leaving all of his paranormal  knowledge shrouded in mystery, or lost. On his death bed, he spoke to his doctor. It could have been the insane ramblings of an ill, dying man, but he said, "It's beautiful over there." Edison was a man of science who put 'truth' before all else. Would he have said that, if he hadn't believed it to be a fact?

   Also, at the exact moment of his death, all the clocks in his home and workshop reportedly stopped working. Most of his journals, schematics, and plans for his machine could not be found.

   Now, all of that was fact, but there's more to Edison's story.

   In 1941, a seance was supposedly conducted in New York in which the famous inventor appeared to say that the machine was built but did not work. His three assistants possessed his plans for the machine.

   Also, there was a story about ANOTHER seance! In this one, he returned and told an inventor, J.Gilbert Wright, who invented putty that there were some changes that needed to be made to the machine for it to work. Apparently Wright made some changes, did another seance and contacted another inventor who suggested some more changes. Wright died in 1959 and nobody has seen the machine since.

   What's true? What isn't? Did Edisons machine actually exist? Or, is it all an urban legend? Maybe we'll never know.

What If?

   Let's just assume for a second that the machine was real. What If he had succeeded? He didn't invent the telephone, he just improved upon it. But the phonograph, and the motion picture...Look at what they've evolved into, computers ,dvd players, and mp3 players. I mean it's obvious that his inventions had a way of making themselves a part of our everyday lives. Would this little toy have been any different?

   Back then, it was a big old hunk of wires and whatever, but if he had lived and finished his work, imagine where scientists would have taken his idea. It's been almost 90 years! How far has technology come in 90 years?

   The telephone for example was invented in the 1870's. 90 years later, there was at least one in every home. 30 years after that, there's one in almost every POCKET. Are you beginning to see the possibilities here?

   The first statement on this page, "I don't claim anything, because I don't know anything...." as well as all the other quotes, came from an interview Edison gave to a magazine called Scientific American. "I don't claim that our personalities pass onto another existence. I don't claim anything, because I don't know anything.... for that matter, no human being knows." He spoke more about his machine in the interview, but it's that statement that inspires me. It inspired this site, and all the work I do in the paranormal is based on that one undeniable truth. WE KNOW NOTHING!

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