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If I mention paranormal research to any friend of mine they would stare at me with a blank expression on their face. I used to get the same reaction as a kid when I would talk others about the paranormal. Only this time around my comments are usually followed with a “Oh, you mean like ‘Ghost Hunters’ and stuff?“.

That’s not what interested me as a child, nor what interests me as an adult. What does interest me is the nitty-gritty, far out theories and philosophies that exist out there. Those that offer outside-the-box points of view into what we believe the unexplained  is. How about a conversation on remote sensing system [that] uses a super-cooled (with liquid helium) niobium antenna that accurately detects and measures many physiological parameters from up to twelve (12) feet away from the subject/patient without the use of any contact body electrodes? Yes please.

What about ESP? I’ve always been interested in remote viewing, telepathy, and psychokinetic abilities. One of my favorites of these cases is the infamous Kulagina case. So who do I turn to when I want to hear some mind-blowing perceptions  of politics, science, government conspiracy theories and the paranormal? My dear friend Dr. Barry Taff.

It’s from his latest article titled “Implicate order by design”  that I take the following interesting excerpts:

“…Another reason that mainstream science and academia ignore the paranormal is that it cannot generate huge sums of money (unless you’re producing really fraudulent and tawdry, yet successful reality shows), control people’s behavior (other than making them watch the stupid paranormal reality shows) or efficiently kill people (what happens to the brains of most people when they watch such insipid shows).

So in today’s world, does this mean that the paranormal is useless unless it functions the same way everything else does?

Some might say; “Who cares what it really is and how it really works if it cannot be put to use in a very pragmatic way?”

Excuse me; I forgot to mention the fact that both the US and former Soviet Union’s military/intelligence apparatus successfully utilized remote viewing for securing non-local information for some time.

The fact that our military/intelligence community chose to pretty much ignore such valuable data, only goes to demonstrate their knee-jerk denial of such uniquely acquired information and its incredible potential.

Due to their inherent skepticism about anything, combined with religious dogma, ignorance and the fear inherently attached to the subject matter, coupled with the fact that no one really understood how it worked, they all too often failed to, or reluctantly used remote viewing, caused the powers that to simply ignore the matter.

Just because one can demonstrate a psychic ability does not automatically mean that they understand how and why it works.

We all drive cars, yet very few people understand how an internal combustion engine, transmission and differential works.”

Everybody and their grandmother knows that the U.S. military dabbled (or dabbles) with ESP research. What many don’t know is that most of the experiments did produce favorable results. The problem is that we don’t really know how we got those results so we choose to ignore them.

Well, what about those who claim paranormal activity and are not in the military? What about the civilian stories of the unexplained? Does ESP explain ghosts? Well, if we can’t explain what we perceive to be an extra sensor in our psyche, then how can we explain those things that go bump in the night?

“…electromagnetic fields can affect behavior and health, there’s no experimental evidence clearly demonstrating that such is the carrier mechanism for ESP or any other paranormal process, at least not as we currently understand it.

Although electromagnetic fields (EMF) are certainly involved with paranormal events, it might be more of a case where we’re observing how the localized environment contributes toward and responds to the paranormal event itself.

In other words, the paranormal event is creating a wake in the EMF of the area it occurs in, just as a boat produces a wake in the water it’s in, except we can see the boat.

However, we cannot see the cause of the paranormal event, meaning that we’re essentially investigating the effect of any unknown cause for the most part.”

Check out Dr. Taff’s blog for a fascinating read into real paranormal research.
But before you do, let me just ask this:
Dear GhostTheory reader (yes, you!) what do you think about the current state of paranormal research?
  • Cleveland_Steamer aka Gonzo_13

    It’s a shame the paranormal is scoffed at by mainstream scientists. Mainstream science is a joke, dominated by narrow-minded shills with agendas, out for a paycheck.

  • Rmon

    Says who? You can proof all these claims can you?
    I just hate it when people start to accuse the “scientists”. As if they are the evil guys that want to take over the world or kill everyone..
    Grow up!

  • Valkyrie13

    Yes, but science isn’t value free or neutral like it claims to be, it’s greatly influenced by politics, money, even religion and certain philosophies. It’s not that scientists are evil but they are operating in narrow epistemological confines; people should always be questioning everything!

  • Rmon

    Scientist per definition are questioning everything and want to know. What makes you think that ‘they’ have their own agenda and such? YES they have an agenda, but it is called “budget” and i can tell you, it is by far not enough to support all research you can imagine. So, there is always a selection of subjects. No way around it. A lot of interesting proposals are on shelves and will never see the light of day. No money.
    In that sense, paranormal subjects are incredibly difficult and hard to proof/dis proof, making the research expensive.

    I really want to stress here that scientists are not per definition evil bastards with a secret evil agenda! It makes me sad.

  • Valkyrie13

    You’ve misunderstood me. I’m not saying scientists are evil bastards and have a secret agenda. I’m saying they’re confined by myriad factors beyond their control and hence cannot question everything. It would take a scientific revolution, in the Kuhnian sense, to ever take the paranormal seriously within the scientific community at large.

    Rupert Sheldrake is one of my favorite researchers out there, and he illuminates how research into the paranormal is shunned in the scientific community in his books. He had to do a lot of his research without funding. That’s not to say individual scientists don’t believe in the paranormal, but the system at large simply won’t recognize it. I think on this point we are more or less on the same page.

    And I’m fully aware that a lot of interesting proposals are shelved–though even these likely adhere to whatever the current scientific paradigm is. Those that get funded are often chosen for various political reasons or the whims of the deciding committee. It’s a brutal process.

  • The Oshmar

    Was interesting until Barry Daft’s name popped up.

  • ghosttheory

    Why is that?

  • The Oshmar

    Basically I think of him as a raving lunatic

  • ghosttheory

    LOL. There’s a lot of insight to what he says.
    There’s also a lot of strange activity that surrounds his life. I can attest to that.

  • The Oshmar

    I’m sure there is and I don’t doubt to what you can attest but he does things like saying he knows how to make a time machine and a warp drive while quoting Star Trek.

  • Scott_McMan

    Shmendrake is a hack! 😉

  • Cormac

    paranormal research is a mess. too many people still dont know the difference between trying to research the paranormal and going ‘ghost busting’.