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Proving the paranormal! A fools quest?

Is it possible to confirm the existence of the paranormal, specifically the existence of ghosts? Is it possible to scientifically prove that the spirit, soul or consciousness of a person transcends death and continues to exist in some capacity? Is it feasible to prove, even to the most skeptical individuals, that ghosts are a reality and that the personality of a person can continue to persist? In all honesty, I am uncertain about the feasibility of scientifically proving the existence of the supernatural or paranormal. Although, through a preponderance of the evidence, I believe it is possible to establish the probability that ghosts exist. Evidence that would be admissible in a court of law, evidence that may surpass the standard of reasonable doubt, evidence that may persuade most people and possibly even the majority of scientists that the paranormal is a natural phenomenon. Proving the existence of ghosts may be possible, but proving their non-existence will always be unattainable. In my opinion, the burden of proof still falls upon the believers, not the skeptics, despite everything said.

Ghost hunters and paranormal researchers depend on numerous scientific instruments to record and substantiate evidence of the paranormal and ghosts. The instrumentation used in their investigations varies, with some being commonplace and others less so. The following list comprises the majority, although not necessarily all, of the instruments employed by the majority of ghost hunters. This list may not be comprehensive, as there could be other gadgets that I am unaware of. If you happen to be a paranormal researcher and possess knowledge of any other instrumentation utilized in this particular type of research, I would greatly appreciate you contacting me and informing me of its nature, purpose, and functionality. Thank you.

  • Digital cameras and film cameras
  • Digital and analog voice recorders
  • Digital and analog camcorder's
  • Infrared Illuminators
  • EMF (Electro-magnetic field meters of different types
  • Probe type thermometers
  • Infra Red cameras (FLIR)
  • Full spectrum cameras
  • Night vision goggles and scopes
  • Geiger counters

Despite extensive research into the paranormal over many years and having access to a wide array of instruments, no irrefutable evidence has ever been presented to definitively prove the existence of ghosts or any other paranormal phenomena. Does this indicate that it is impossible to provide evidence for the paranormal? I don't think so! If the existence of paranormal entities, such as ghosts, is confirmed, I believe it can be substantiated in a manner that would convince even the most ardent skeptics and scientists. I strongly believe ghost hunters or paranormal researchers should implement fundamental changes in their approach to investigating the paranormal. However, what that change may be, I don't know. However, to gain credibility with mainstream scientists, I believe it must adhere to a more rigorous and scientifically sound methodology.

By Martin Burns

Dangers of the paranormal

Are there any legitimate risks associated with researching the paranormal or ghost hunting? It can be inferred that spending the entire night in a dimly lit, dilapidated old house with decaying beams and unstable flooring could result in a potentially hazardous situation. There are also potential situations in which an inexperienced ghost hunter could inadvertently stumble, fall, or injure themselves. Additionally, there exist other potential hazards for a ghost hunter. Some of the additional hazards present in the surrounding area include toxins such as black mold, asbestos, and other pollutants that may be present in the air of any derelict old building. Additionally, there exists the potential for venomous insects and other animals to cause harm or attack a ghost hunter or paranormal researcher. Therefore, it is possible for a paranormal investigator to encounter physical dangers in this manner.

Some people within the paranormal community assert that ghost hunting may also present additional hazards. Hazards in addition to the readily apparent physical ones. Among the potential dangers associated with these occurrences are demonic possessions, partial possessions, spirit attachments, psychiatric disorders, mental illness, marital problems, alcoholism, drug abuse, and physical attacks by ghosts or spirits. In my personal opinion, I am somewhat skeptical of these claims. However, as I have previously stated, I do not consider myself an authority on the supernatural or paranormal. Therefore, it is possible that some of these other hazards may indeed be legitimate and cause concern.

In my opinion, the existence of ghosts is highly probable, and there is potential for encountering a spirit or ghost, particularly if the ghost hunter employs techniques such as taunting or provoking. As previously stated in another article, I believe tactics such as provoking or otherwise antagonizing a ghost or spirit for the purpose of making contact or obtaining an EVP should not be employed. If ghosts are indeed real and exist, I believe they should be treated with the same dignity and respect as any other being or entity, living or not.

The potential hazards of ghost hunting, beyond the obvious physical risks, include potential harm to the psyche, religious beliefs, and psychological well-being of the ghost hunter. If the ghost hunter encounters or observes any paranormal phenomena, which may conflict with their religious beliefs and faith, I believe this conflict could potentially lead to significant psychological issues that may require professional assistance. Assistance from either their clergy, a psychologist, a psychiatrist, or potentially all three. However, I believe that a ghost hunter or paranormal researcher who possesses a strong foundation in their personal faith and religious convictions, and maintains a positive, well-adjusted mindset towards potential paranormal occurrences or phenomena, will not have any problems. In my opinion, even this danger would be all but eliminated.

By Martin Burns