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Everything You Wanted To Know About The Paranormal But Were Afraid To Ask

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The other day I was thinking about the reason why I started writing about the paranormal. What GhostTheory represents and what writing does for me. As a writer, I find myself spending a lot of time contemplating life. I don’t just surround myself with the paranormal. Many of you might be aware that I write about the paranormal as a hobby. Most of my other readings are about social issues and history (both usually focusing on the relation between the U.S. and Mexico). The strangeness and uncertainty of the unexplained has always fascinated me. As far back as I can remember, reading about the Loch Ness Monster, Sasquatch or ghosts, has always been my favorite way to spend an afternoon.

These stories of ghosts, UFOs and cryptids were just scary tales to a child. I truly believed in the existence of these things.

As a man in my early 30s, I find that most of the things that fascinated and scared me as a child seem so far gone. Throughout the years I’ve learned about the intricate details of each infamous “monster story”. What I hailed as definite proof of a living dinosaur in Loch Ness, turned out to be hoaxed photographs created out of spite. The “Cottingley Fairies” was another hoax revealed that chipped away at the concrete foundation of my childhood beliefs, creating loose rubble that slowly turned into a new skeptical conglomerate foundation.

No matter what hoaxes were revealed, the fact of the matter is that I still know that there is something out there that exists, some type of force that is self-aware and influential in our own lives. I know this because I’ve seen things that I cannot explain. I’ve seen things, as clear as day (or night), that defy all logical thought. I’ve seen a Shadow Person. I know deep in my heart that what I saw was not a trick of light or my imagination. Yet those who I share this story with look at me like I’m crazy.

The reason why I started GhostTheory was to get back to the root of the problem. To prod and question the cases in which a person out there, in any part of the world, comes out and says: “I know what I saw!“. Many of the news reports or stories we publish here are mostly hogwash. They either present evidence that is painfully poor in helping with a paranormal claim, evidence that has been hoaxed or simply eyewitness testimonies that have no real tangible value. The majority of them are just over-sensationalized propaganda for monetary gains.

Regardless of what is out there; of what is portrayed in the reality television shows, I strongly believe that there is something out there that is not, and will never be, comprehendible to us humans. At least not in this metaphysical state. I know this because I’ve seen things.

Science and basic natural forces are seen and experienced by everyone at every second in life.  The paranormal can only be seen in two ways. From the point of view of those who experienced it, and those who have not. There are a questions and assumptions that will always remain unanswered and unwarranted in the studies of the paranormal.

So what have I learned from my writings and readings?

Here is (almost) Everything You Wanted To Know About The Paranormal But Were Afraid To Ask:

Is there any piece of evidence, in existence, that constitutes as ‘proof positive’ that ghosts exists?

No. Although I’ve seen plenty of strong evidence in the form of video, photograph, testimony and audio, all this can really prove is that there was something anomalous during the recorded event. Since it is not reproducible, the scientific community will always see it as useless evidence. And rightly so.

One of the strongest videos in my opinion that support claims of paranormal visions is one that was shot by the Underwood family in Gettysburg. Although the video shows strange anomalous lights in the distance, they are clear enough to distinguish human forms. Is this the “holy grail” of paranormal videos? No. For the simple reason that all we know is that there are anomalous lights being shown in the fields of Gettysburg.

Why do so many people capture EVPs (Electronic Voice Phenomena) while ghost hunting?

After reviewing a plethora of EVPs throughout the years, one thing is certain: EVPs are mostly the product of pareidolia. There are those EVPs that are unexplainable. That seem to communicate with the listener, either by answering a direct question or making a remark about the immediate environment. These can be explained by possible noise pollution from CB/AM/FM radio waves or capturing the voice of a talkative nearby investigator. Although that is usually not the case. Some EVPs are clear and direct, recorded by an investigator who meticulously filtered out any possible noise pollution. Those remain unexplainable. For the most part, the majority of the EVPs out there are just white noise. A perfect catalyst for untrained ears.

There are so many facts that backup the arguments of the skeptical community. Can they right?

It depends on what they are right about. Many skeptics argue that “woo-woos” are plain ignorant and want to believe in nonsense. They usually bring up their atheist beliefs into an argument and love quoting Carl Sagan, James Randi and Richard Dawkins as well as others. Many of them entertain the notion of the FSM (flying Spaghetti Monster) with the purpose of ridiculing a person’s religious belief. Being self-righteous in this way does not really help their argument. On the contrary, that thinking is is detrimental to science. The same science these pseudo-skeptics swear by.

Yes, there are those people who do not put forth any intelligent thought into the paranormal. These are the types that religiously follow and believe paranormal reality television. For the sake of an intelligent argument, let us exclude them.

Being a true skeptic should mean that when someone asks them about the paranormal, their response should be: “Well I doubt it exists…but…”.

Being a skeptic means that you are open to investigate the possibility of new realms of science. Maybe not investigate but definitely be open to learn. If you are a skeptic, then one of the tools in your argument will be to use “Occam’s Razor”. Which in part states: “When there are two competing explanations for an event, the simpler one is more likely“.

This statement has been used over and over again to invalidate paranormal claims. Read the article found in DebunkingSkeptics.com for a more clear understanding of “Occam’s Razor” to quote the article:

UFO debunkers do not understand Occam’s Razor, and they abuse it regularly. They think they understand it, but they don’t.

What it means is that when several hypotheses of varying complexity can explain a set of observations with equal ability, the first one to be tested should be the one that invokes the fewest number of uncorroborated assumptions. If this simplest hypothesis is proven incorrect, the next simplest is chosen, and so forth.

But the skeptics forget two parts: the part regarding the test of the simpler hypotheses, and the part regarding explaining all of the observations.What a debunker will do is mutilate and butcher the observations until it can be “explained” by one of the simpler hypotheses, which is the inverse of the proper approach

So, is the skeptical community right about paranormal claims? In part, yes. The problem is that they approach all claims of the paranormal in the same manner; with a closed mind. With that said, there are thousands of things in this world of ours that remain unexplained. Let’s start working in understanding them.

With so many paranormal groups out there, why are we still in the dark when it comes to the paranormal?

For the simple reason that most of these groups all focus on investigating paranormal claims in the same manner. Most of the groups that we see out there have been created in the image of what television shows to be “real ghost hunting”. Ever since the paranormal stepped into the reality television spectrum, more and more paranormal groups are springing up around the world. Not that there is anything wrong with this, but most of them all follow the same steps.

  • Show up at a residence or building and setup cameras and audio recorders
  • walk around at night with handheld cameras asking the “ghosts” to communicate.
  • Do this for 1-2 nights and then review the video and audio they captured.
  • The video/audio evidence does not show anything, but a few anomalous things (dust, light or common “house noises”) and then make a hypothesis based on that.

I’ve seen this be done over and over again. Blind leading the blind.

Paranormal investigation should be taken seriously. Led by scientific guidelines and analysis. There was a point in time when scientists were called to investigate paranormal claims. They setup strict and controlled environments to help capture any unnatural phenomena. The process would take weeks, even years at times. A lot of psychoanalytical work was also done with the parties involved. In the end, some of the lucky scientist did observe and cataloged unexplained events; most of them just walked away with an extensive detailed analysis of credulous eyewitness accounts.

I strongly believe that incorporating what we know about modern science, we can definitely come a step closer to the truth. Are we meant to ever know what really exists out there? Maybe not, but it is human nature to be curious.

Is it foolish to believe that the apparition that I saw was a ghost?

If your only conclusion is that it was a ghost/angel/spirit/demon, then YES, it is foolish.

Like pseudo-skeptics or paranormal zealots, you cannot train your mind to believe in one certain way. Yes that image that you saw did look like a archetypal image of a ghost. Now, how sure are you that it was not a figment of your imagination? Were you under high levels of stress when you saw it? Was it during a time when you were falling asleep? (Hypnagogic)  Or maybe you did see something after all.

The point is to remain open about the possible interpretations. If you really saw something weird when you knew you were fully awake and alert, then maybe it might be worth you thinking about supernatural explanations.

Then what, if any, will be the next big solved mystery in your opinion?

It’s really difficult to say, but I would think that it would be something outside of the ghost realm. Something in the Cryptozoology realm.

To be more precise, I think the next big find could be that of the elusive Orang pendek. Here is why:

For centuries, there have been tales passed down by folklore in and around the mountainous regions in the island of Sumatra. These tales talk about the Orang Pendek (short person) of the forests. Said to still exist in modern times, these creatures have been reported in recent times by the locals. Scoffed by some scientists and skeptics, it wasn’t until 2003 that we had discovered a new species of humans that once lived in the Flores island of Indonesia. The new discovery of these ancient humans brought into question what it is that the people from Sumatra are reporting.

Homo floresiensis shocked the entire scientific community. Not only did we just discover a new ancient human species that was extremely small compared to today’s humans, but this could corroborate the recent sightings of the Orang Pendek that the locals of Sumatra have been seeing all this time.

So here we have an example of what many considered incredulous folklore being partly vindicated by the scientific community.  What does this say about the ancient folklore of Bigfoot/Sasquatch/Yeti ?

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  • eric

    James,

    Thanks for the info, I think I understand what you mean. Just so I am clear, you are using two recorders to make sure that no one else said anything (obviously) and that the recorders aren’t picking up something else, like radio signals or sounds traveling down pipes or something along those lines, right?

    Do you (or anyone else) have any ideas or theories on why they wouldn’t show up on both recorders? Do you think EVPs travel differently then the way normal sounds do? I guess my question boiled down is if something intelligent said something that wasn’t audible to the human ear, but was audible on a recorder, why wouldn’t it be on both recorders? Are these things somehow accessing the actual recording material and somehow imprinting the sounds on them? Or are the EVPs sound waves not being powerful enough to get to both recorders?

    Like I said before I just can’t wrap my head around why a sound that isn’t audible to the human ear but is on a recorder, but would show up on one recorder but not the other.

  • eric

    “Like I said before I just can’t wrap my head around why a sound that isn’t audible to the human ear but is on a recorder, but would show up on one recorder but not the other.”

    Whoops, I ment: Like I said before I just can’t wrap my head around why a sound that isn’t audible to the human ear but is heard on a recording would only show up on one recorder but not the other.

  • To Eric:

    You are correct. One recorder acts as a control device to pick up natural sounds coming in from the outside and to guard against hoaxes.

    At the Birdcage, Leroy, our escort stayed in his office in the entry foyer the entire investigation unless we needed him. But just to be sure, I stashed a hidden recorder just outside his office door and sure enough, he never came out of his office unless we needed something.

    Many researchers believe that EVP’s are imprinted on to recording devices by psychokinesis or some other unknown force. Some believe that EVP’s are tiny masses of paranormal EMF energy and is formed in the microphone of the external recorder or built in microphone of the recording unit.

    The fact is, we just don’t know.

    We have one house that we have been investigating for over 5 years. Each time we go we collect remarkable EVP evidence. Skeptics of EVP will argue that EVP is nothing more than radio waves being captured on recorders. This is crap. Sure, some of the cheap recorders will do this. But it is very rare.

    Listen to this one from that house I was just talking about. You will hear me ask the phenomena to follow us to their favorite place in the home. The phenomena responds by mocking me saying ” Favorite place.” My director and I were alone in this house for an entire evening conducting experiments.NOone can tell me this was a RF capture. Here is the EVP:

    http://arizonaparanormalinvestigations.com/coppermine/displayimage.php?album=1&pos=2

    Later that night we were conducting isolation audio experiments. My director was sitting on the couch asking questions while I was watching him in the back room on the DVR camera monitor.

    This is what happened:

    http://arizonaparanormalinvestigations.com/coppermine/displayimage.php?album=random&cat=8&pos=-7

    James

    James

  • eric

    James,

    Thanks a lot for answering and for taking the time to answer my questions. After I posted my last comment I tried to find a some info online, and I read about the usage of two recorders with the isolated audio experiments, so now with the info you’ve provided and the little bit of info I was able to dig up, that makes sense. I listened to some of the other clips on your site and it certainly boggles the mind. It certainly makes you think….. Thanks again, I really do appreciate it!

  • James

    No problem Eric.

    These are my results since 2004. The more recorders you use, the better chance you have in capturing EVP in an investigation.

    I can’t say that these are the voices of ghosts just yet.It is possible a suppose. I have rejected the notion that the human brain is creating these voices. I used to think that until I went almost a year of not recording an EVP on cases. If it were being caused by the brain and myself or members of our team were creating them, then why would I not capture a EVP for almost a year?

    James

  • Peter

    I really enjoyed this article you wrote. I’m of an opinion that there a number of things I can’t understand but do exist even if I haven’t witnessed or experienced them myself. I can’t say as I’d dare to see a ghost firsthand, so I keep hoping someone will present proof that’s incontrovertible. So far all I’ve seen is the only way to know for sure is to experience it firsthand.

  • Lisa

    I liked this article. As a paranormal investigator, I’m faced all the time with thoughts and questions of an afterlife as well as the skepitcal criticism of some. It really is a personal pursuance for many. I always belived in spirits and ghosts, even before I had my personal experiences. Somehow it wasn’t just a comforting feeling to know that our energy never dies, but that thought also felt “right,” as if there could never be any other way of thinking for me. I didn’t have my first paranormal encounter until my late teens, but when it happened it was almost like a liberating moment for me, like an event that I was expecting to happen someday to confirm for me everything I had ever believed in. Sometimes it takes a personal encounter to convert someone into a believer. But in the end, it all comes down to exactly that…the paranormal being personal. Despite religion and spiritual belief, despite stories and events shared and told by other sources, despite the best paranormal evidence captured in the world, a person will still believe in what they choose to believe in at the end of the day. For every believer, there is a non-believer.., for every paranormal witness, there is a skeptic who will try to pick them apart. Of course, we have yet to gain solid proof that ghosts and spirits exist. However, skeptics have yet to gain solid proof that they don’t…