posted on Aug, 25 2013 @ 02:08 PM
Ok, this thought occurred to me as I cracked open a beer, sat on the couch, and popped in some good evening entertainment to watch with the
The show in itself, is mildly entertaining to to the over dramatic personalities of some of the "investigators". One thing that struck me as
interesting, is how all of these shows have their goofy little gadgets that "work".
I'm sure I'm not alone when I say "we've seen it all".
Everything from heat sensor cameras, digital thermometers, digital recorders for EVP's, using psychics, dousing rods, ouija boards, laser beams,
pendulum crystals, etc, etc. And this particular show had some even weirder devices. Electromagnetic pumps, a strange visor like device that
enables ghosts to use words in a database and make them appear on the screen (who even makes these devices?). The list goes on and on and each new
ghost show has new devices and new gimmicks to offer more and more proof.
Did I say proof? Now lets cover that. We have personal experiences, possessions, noises, items moving, EVP's, orbs on video, shadows on video,
picture phenomena, audio phenomena, etc, etc.
My question is, what if I wanted to do a show where I actually applied the scientific method to investigations, and used real science, not in an
attempt to prove or disprove, but in an attempt to legitimize if there is indeed any type of phenomena happening? Be it natural or supernatural.
Now science only covers the natural world, which is why I do not have "science" conversations about paranormal topics, but then again everything
from God to aliens is considered paranormal or supernatural until we observe testable, repeatable evidence to the contrary. At that point the
supernatural is categorized as a natural phenomena.
Getting back on topic, we all are aware of the scientific method:
-Formulate a question
-Develop a hypothesis or conjecture
-Predict the outcome
-Analysis (revise hypothesis if necessary)
-Peer review analysis
Now there are obvious problems with testing paranormal topics. Top on my list that I can think of is "controlled environment". Since a majority of
these haunting appear to happen in locations rather than occurring everywhere, we run into the problem of these on site investigations. Now, I am not
doubting the "witnesses" credibility, but there are too many outside factors that interfere with these TV type investigations.
Plus, these investigations are always held at night and the investigators are investigating in the pitch dark. This is one factor I never understood,
especially since most of the witnesses who have seen apparitions and the like, were NOT in the environment in the pitch dark. I guess it makes for
better television though.
One solution to this could be testing haunted objects in a controlled environment. But then again, how are these witnesses even linking the hauntings
to a particular item is beyond me.
When evaluating these shows and investigations they always present their "proof" at the end of the show. Now the "proof", to me, is always
sketchy at best. The 3 most common types of proof are:
1.- EVP's: EVP's seriously annoy me. Like, REALLY annoy me! The investigator will ask a question like "What is your name?!" and there will be a
2 second muffled sound on the recording that sounds like "Mmmppft!" and the subtitles under it will say "My name is Mary Beth MacKenzie from
Scotsdale" or something outrageous. Yes, I am half joking, but then again I'm not. I have heard some very clear EVP's, but without me being there
myself, I can not hold that as valid "proof" for a variety of reasons
2.- Orbs: These bad boys are my second most hated type of "proof" the paranormal investigators offer. First of all, most of these inestigations
take place in the pitch dark. They always try to validate the orb by it "moving differently" than the other dusts or insects in the room, but that
is impossible to validate unless the "investigators" have a working knowledge of the properties of every piece of individual flying debris in said
3.- Shadows: These are much less common than the aforementioned segments of "proof", but they still occur in some videos, pictures etc. Again,
these are impossible to validate or replicate without being at the said location.
Now moving on to the attempted science. Ghosts are said to be the spirits or souls or left over remnants of a once living being. Every living being
on earth has observable patterns that can be replicated by other observers. Note that the observer is not causing the effects and patterns to happen,
they are simply observing them naturally. If you investigate me and my life, so will find a fairly strict pattern of natural behaviour. One person
observing me going to work every morning can publish these findings and another observer or investigator should observe similar patterns. Same can be
done for animal and plants and all observable forms of life.
The point of all that is to establish that if spirits are deceased people, they should have observable patterns that others can investigate.
Case in point, a ghost lady who walks down a particular stairway every day.
Anyways, I could break this down by filling in the blanks next to each step of the scientific process, but I dont think I need to. I think you get
So now I need the brilliant scientific minds that I know exist out there within ATS to help me with these following questions:
-Are there any LEGITIMATE scientific studies of this topic? If so, can you direct me to resources?
-What type of equipment would actually be used in this type of study? The typical approach is very lacking IMHO.
-What type of data can be used to prove or disprove if anything paranormal is indeed happening, and how would you correlate that data to being caused
strictly by the phenomena?
Any help, insight, advice, is welcome here. Not to be rude, but please do not introduce psuedo-science into this thread. No psychics, Biblical
advice, typical ghost hunting techniques, etc. I am looking for new approaches to this.
My frustration is brimming over the top because with thousands of years of supposed stories and phenomena, all we have is a few sketchy videos,
pictures, and EVP's........