While our images contain intelligent information, neither they nor our StarVision protocol represent or support any specific type of belief system or religion, nor are we making any scientific claims as to what the information means or how or why it appears in starlight. We do, however, have ideas about the nature and purpose of the phenomenon.
Regarding the imagery contained in the photographs, we define intelligent information as letters, numbers, symbols, words (in any language), geometric structures and shapes, known and possibly undiscovered animals, and various humanoid and other life forms.
Food for Thought About the Photographs and Consciousness
We hope that our introduction to this project will ignite curiosity and launch both personal and scientific reflections about consciousness.
Such discussions may lean toward the perspective that the intelligent information appearing in the photographs originates in the “larger consciousness system,” to use physicist Tom Campbell’s terminology, which uses imagery to connect with the consciousness of the picture taker. This connection could be meaningful in an abstract way, such as producing numbers and symbols as images recognizable to any human being, or more intimately connected to be directly meaningful to the person taking the picture.
As Marla Frees writes:
The conscious observer’s senses are intimately coupled with consciousness at large, and this technique may be one of many such channels that allow one to interact in a deliberate and direct way. The light from the point source (the star or planet) as it travels through the atmosphere and the camera’s optical system follows a random path that, when intersecting with the consciousness of the person taking the picture, organizes itself into a meaningful image.
While this explanation invites some to consider where the pictures may fit within scientific frameworks about consciousness, others may be more inclined to contemplate how the pictures express the nature of reality as described in philosophies such as Vedanta, the ancient spiritual philosophy of India that describes the nature of reality as one infinite consciousness that is also present in each individual. Some may look for connections between the picture phenomenon and psychologist Carl Jung’s concept of the upper-case Self and its relationship and communication with the lower-case self as well as the experience of synchronicity.
The pictures may also lead some to reckon it as a transrational experience, a happening that transcends rational thought and description and invites us to loosen up our idea of what is “real.” In this context, the pictures could be explained as one of the “new psychic forms' ' that psychologist Jerome S. Bernstein believes is appearing to humanity as the cause-and-effect, rational Western ego mode of perceiving reality evolves to embrace much more.
Any of these scientific, philosophical, and psychological concepts can fuel conversations about the “purpose” of nature, or whatever you choose to call reality, in creating the images in the photographs. We believe the photos are, at the very least, an invitation to fire up our curiosity about who, where, and what we are and to play with whatever ideas may come.