Ghost in the Machine

On paranormal shows like Ghost Hunters you will often hear the people talking about orbs. Orbs are small round spheres that sometimes show up in photographs. According to paranormal researchers these small spheres are in some way related to ghost activity. They usually gather in photos and appear as small circles of light which float no more than about 7 feet off the ground. Speeding orbs appear sometimes as well, in this case they will appear as a streak of light in the photo rather than a round stationary one. For those of you skeptics out there have no fear because as it turns out dust floating less than a millimeter away from the camera lens has a similar affect. Anyway I was excited when I captured not one but two orbs with my camera which appear to be floating near the robot's head on the left side of the picture (you may have to click the image to enlarge it). Paranormal apparition or dust near the lens; you be the judge!

Orbs to the left of the robot's head.
As far as the title of this post goes, "ghost in the machine" is actually a term used by Gilbert Ryle in a book he published; The Concept of Mind. This term has also been reused as the title of many television episodes and in the 2004 movie I, Robot where it was referred to by a character, Dr. Alfred Lanning, as segments of code in a robot's programming that work together to provide unexpected results. In my way I was somewhat referring to an actual ghost or ghost-like phenomenon rather than any programming issues with the robot.

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