reply to post by aletheia
Well, I'm a skeptic (in that I need evidence to alter my assessments and don't "believe" anything), and I'll do my best.
The first thing you need to recognize is that we don't know squat about "ghosts". We have no over-arching evidence-based explanations for the
phenomena commonly ascribed to spirits and whatnot. In my opinion, it seems extremely likely that there are a _wide_ variety of distinct processes
that have little to do with each other that are smeared with the same label. I do not rule out the possibility that such events are caused by some
sort of post-living continuation of a person, but it seems unlikely to me that such an explanation applies to all such non-imagined phenomena. So I
would advocate casting a wide net in your explorations.
Try to collect as much hard data in as many multisensory modes as possible. In less pedantic terms, you will want as much technology as possible
collecting as much data as possible -- infrared, ultraviolet, RF EM fluctuations, thermographic, visual, and any other electromagnetic fields you can
measure. Ultrasound, infrasound, and EVP accoustics. A geiger counter would not be ill-advised. I would also be personally inclined to see the results
of how a true random number generator (based on quantum behaviors/radioactive decays -- like 'The EGG') would behave in a ghostly environment.
In many such instances, investigators have reported that their battery packs have been inexplicably drained of energy so you may wish to look into
modifying your equipment such that the batteries themselves reside outside the area of interest, powering your equipment through wires. I have no idea
if that will make a difference, but I don't recall reading about any such attempts.
(At the very least, bring a TON of spares.)
If you are willing to explore less reliable/duplicatible sources of information gathering, find a hard-headed, non-woowoo Wiccan/psychic and get their
responses. (And yes, such beasts do exist.)
Finally, some hypotheses: a LOT of ghosts don't seem to be like 'people' so much as... 'fragments of people'. They are one behavior or set of actions
repeated over and over without regard for the environment in which are found -- the don't react to the people around them, and on the rare occasion
when they do, they do so without understanding. They are usually more like a recording/hologram of the past than a continuation of it. Often, they are
not like seperate entities at ALL! So, don't go in with preconceptions.
And, above all, accept that what you will be doing is "collecting data" with very little chance of finding "The Truth", assuming such a thing
edit on 8-3-2011 by Stunspot because: typo