When ghost hunters attempt to research ghosts in a scientific way one of the first mistakes that they will make is insisting that although their methodology might look unscientific to the outside observer, this simply isn’t the case. Ghost hunters often conduct their investigations in the dark, use pieces of equipment that have no real use in ghost research (such as EMF meters, REM pods, Dictaphones and similar), may employ the use of psychics and mediums, and use spirit communication techniques because they claim that they are attempting to experience the occurence reported to them by the eye-witness. Continue reading
A post has recently been made over on the Bad Thinking blog that criticises “paranormalists” for generally not “liking science”. Although I have previously written about ‘the anti-science bias of ghost hunters‘ my criticisms were specific. There were several things said in the Bad Thinking piece that I want to address as I feel the accusations being made were actually quite unfair.
The blog post opens with the statement that ‘promoters of the paranormal, the supernatural, quack medicine and every other off-the-wall claim all seem to dislike science’ which is quite a generalisation. I’m not sure who qualifies as a “promoter of the paranormal” – mainly as the post goes on to lump together people who make paranormal claims with those who believe in paranormal ideas. Continue reading