For those of you who caught Fact or Faked Paranormal Files last night: What on earth did you make of the “Night crawler”? My family watched it with a good sense of humor and got a few laughs about the invasion of stick people, but in all seriousness …. what could it be?
Just as an example of how we often see what we expect to see, I have to share my experience with watching the video. I expected the image to move across the screen from right to left. Not sure why, but my mind was convinced the image was moving in that direction. As a consequence, I perceived the camera moving and interpreted the movement of the “object” towards the viewer as camera movement, and concentrated on seeing movement across the screen. I couldn’t see it moving. I called my husband in and rewound the tape to ask if he could see the object move.
Needless to say he was shocked and confused by my claims that I could not see it moving. I made him go up to the screen and show me, but I still couldn’t see it. Later in the show, I suddenly realized that the object was moving toward the camera. The movement became clear and I could no longer imagine why I couldn’t see it in the first place.
I share this experience to offer the possibility that sometimes things appear completely different from reality because our mind perceives it in a way that aligns with our expectations.
Does it explain the night crawler? Probably not, but it did give me reason to pause and consider how our expectations alter what we see.
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