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Stone Tape

The Stone Tape theory is the speculation that ghosts and hauntings are analogous to tape recordings, and that emotional or traumatic events can somehow be "stored" in rock and other items and "replayed" under certain conditions. The idea was first proposed by British archaeologist turned parapsychologist Thomas Charles Lethbridge in 1961. Lethbridge believed ghosts were not spirits but simply non-interactive recordings similar to a movie. In 1972, the idea was popularized in a Christmas ghost story called The Stone Tape produced by the BBC.[1][2]


  • Reception 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • Further reading 4


In their book How to Think About Weird Things: Critical Thinking for a New Age, authors Theodore Schick and Lewis Vaughn dismissed the idea as one among numerous irrational claims, stating that, "The problem is that we know of no mechanism that could record such information in a stone or play it back. Chunks of stone just do not have the same properties as reels of tape."[2]

Richard Wiseman has written there is no scientific evidence for the stone tape theory of ghosts. According to Wiseman the idea is "completely implausible – as far as we know, there is no way that information about events can be stored in the fabric of a building."[3]

See also


  1. ^ Colin Stanley (2011), Around the Outsider: Essays Presented to Colin Wilson on the Occasion of His 80th Birthday, John Hunt Publishing, pp. 296–,  
  2. ^ a b   p-326
  3. ^ Richard Wiseman. (2011). Paranormality: Why We see What Isn't There. Macmillan. p. 126. ISBN 978-0-230-75298-6

Further reading

  • Tony Cornell. (2002). Investigating the Paranormal. New York: Helix Press.
  • Paul Kurtz. (1985). A Skeptic's Handbook of Parapsychology. Prometheus Books.
  • Thomas Charles Lethbridge. (1961). Ghost and Ghoul. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul.
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