Not too long ago, I wrote a piece on this blog called Has Parapsychology Had Enough of Experts? which was about Steve Mera and the so-called Stellar University through which it was claimed people could study accredited courses which instructed them on how to become good paranormal investigators. Many of the claims being made by Mera were questionable and if you’re not familiar with the case I’d recommend you read that article before continuing. You may or may not be surprised to learn that following my blog post several other people reached out to indicate that they- like Dr Novella -had not given permission or their names to be used on the website as ‘contributors’ to the course materials. Continue reading Ghost Hunting Qualifications: What’s The Deal?
Mark Mcilroy only considers the paranormal when logic doesn’t cut it. ‘We are sceptics first — we will do everything we can to prove that it’s not paranormal,’ he says while posing for a photo with a night-vision camcorder and what appears to be a MEL meter, (a ghost hunting favourite thanks to its use on ghost hunting television shows.) “In a new case we’ll get one of our mediums to do a remote reading, it gives us a bit of idea on what sort of home we’re walking into, whether it’s something dark or a past family member — like a spiritual heads-up.” Continue reading Mark Mcilroy: When Ghost Hunting Goes Bad
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 Biased Ghost Research: Is Seeing Really Believing?
Update: Since publishing this post, the Stellar University website has been removed entirely.
When it comes to paranormal research it is often difficult to tell the amateurs from the experts. Some people will claim their opinions are those of an expert when they’re not and others offer expert opinions that do not fit with our view of the world and we want to reject them as amateurs. Trying to differentiate between those whose thoughts we can trust and those we can’t can become quite confusing. Parapsychology hasn’t had enough of experts if you’re wondering about the question in the title. Yet I reckon it has had enough of people claiming to be experts when they don’t appear to be once you look beneath the surface. Continue reading Has Parapsychology Had Enough of Experts?