Our group will explore the experiences created when mundane reality collides with the unknown while finding solutions, resolutions and engaging debunking when necessary.
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Ancient philosophers suggested that the appearance of spirits is evidence that we are part of a larger community of intelligences, a universe of interrelated species, both physical and non physical. If so, the urge to remain in search of the ever-elusive "something" would be natural enough, yet, the world of paranormal phenomena is enticingly compelling and the unraveling of unsolved mysteries traversing everything from Bigfoot to Jack the Ripper to the Amityville Horror to personal experiences with hauntings binds us to the world of the supernatural with awe and wonder.
Since the term paranormal constitutes events that occur outside of the normal range of experience or scientific explanation, it becomes difficult to explain or measure. We rely on "experts" to help us with getting to the root of the various phenomena such as:
US GALLUP POLL SHOWED THE FOLLOWING PERCENTAGE RESULTS:
Belief vs Not Sure
Ghosts/Spirits of the Dead
Extraterrestrials (past visits)
Clairvoyance and Prophecy
Communication with the dead
Approaching the paranormal from a research perspective is often difficult because of the lack of acceptable physical evidence from most of the purported phenomena. By definition, the paranormal does not conform to conventional expectations of nature. Therefore, a phenomenon cannot be confirmed as paranormal using the scientific method because, if it could be, it would no longer fit the definition. (However, confirmation would result in the phenomenon being reclassified as part of science.) Despite this problem, studies on the paranormal are periodically conducted by researchers from various disciplines. Some researchers simply study the beliefs in the paranormal regardless of whether the phenomena are considered to objectively exist. This section deals with various approaches to the paranormal: anecdotal or experimental and participant-observer approaches and the skeptical investigation approach.
PARAPSYCHOLOGY:Experimental investigation of the paranormal has been conducted by parapsychologists. Although parapsychology has its roots in earlier research, it began using the experimental approach in the 1930s under the direction of J. B. Rhine (1895-1980). Rhine popularized the now famous methodology of using card-guessing and dice-rolling experiments in a laboratory in the hopes of finding a statistical validation of ESP (extra-sensory perception).
In 1957, the Parapsychology Association was formed as the preeminent society for parapsychologists. In 1969, they became affiliated with the American Association for the Advancement of Science. That affiliation, along with a general openness to psychic and occult phenomena in the 1970s, led to a decade of increased para-psychological research. During this time, other notable organizations were also formed, including the Academy of Parapsychology and Medicine (1970), the Institute of Parascience (1971), the Academy of Religion and Psychical Research, the Institute for Noetic Sciences (1973), and the International Kirlian Research Association (1975). Each of these groups performed experiments on paranormal subjects to varying degrees. Parapsychological work was also conducted at the Stanford Research Institute during this time.
With the increase in parapsychological investigation, there came an increase in opposition to both the findings of parapsychologists and the granting of any formal recognition of the field. Criticisms of the field were focused in the founding of the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (1976), now called the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and its periodical, Skeptical Inquirer. Eventually, more mainstream scientists became critical of parapsychology as an endeavor, and statements by the National Academies of Science and the National Science Foundation cast a pall on the claims of evidence for parapsychology. Today, many cite parapsychology as an example of a pseudoscience.
Though there are still some parapsychologists active today, interest and activity has waned considerably since the 1970s. To date there have been no experimental results that have gained wide acceptance in the scientific community as valid evidence of the paranormal.
Following links belong to the Scole Experiment Website ~
Some Good Reads!
Real Ghosts, Restless Spirits, and Haunted Places by Brad Steiger (ISBN 1-57859-146-5)
Shadow World by Brad Steiger (ISBN 1-933665-27-0)
Paranormal State by Ryan Buell (ISBN 978-0-06-176794-4)
Ghost Hunting by Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson (ISBN 978-1-4165-4113-4)
Seeking Spirits by Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson (ISBN 978-1-4391-0115-5)
Encyclopedia of Ghosts and Spirits by Rosemary Ellen Guiley (ISBN 0-965-12901-2)
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I came across this book randomly and ended up reading it straight through when I was only going to peek at it and put it away for later. It's an oldie but goodie.The book was first published in 1924…Continue