Ok so I’ve been writing these posts for a while now and after reading through the previous posts and seeing how I feel about the paranormal I’ve noticed a definite change in my beliefs and even my hopes
Researching the paranormal is a journey as I have explained to many people! It requires a flexibility to adjust your belief system based on the new actual facts that are discovered from both your own research and the research of others in and out of the field!
I’m not talking about the usual bull shit that gets thrown around all over the place I mean research that is replicated time and time again and peer reviewed by various other researchers and third party’s!
I started out as a complete believer, I will never deny that because it was a pinnacle point that gave me enough experience to work with and help the people who are still at that level within the paranormal community! That doesn’t stop me getting frustrated and starting a blog so I have an outlet for said frustration!
Now looking at my ‘evolution’ over the time I realise I have softened with my attacks on the paranormal community this is down to two main things
1. I have realised I’m not alone in my views of the paranormal there are other sceptical investigators out there who are willing to stand up to the norm and try to push actual research forward! They are not willing to buckle and bend backwards to accept concepts that aren’t properly researched.
2. I’ve realised that some investigators out there are willing to listen to a valid point and use the criticism from my posts and advice over email and social media sites, most realise that actually the advice makes what they do easier and they don’t need to be involved in lengthy research to get the answer! They also find how difficult it is to go against the norm!
That doesn’t stop me having digs at various groups and evidence on a regular basis, that’s what I’m here to do, tell you with the best of the knowledge I have gained, exactly what something is!
The fact a group will label something as evidence is exactly the fact why I will tell them if mine and others research proves that it’s not!
Your experience and the time you have done this does not make you right, just because you have been on investigations all over the country doesn’t mean you are right, just because for the past 20 years you have read books written by others does not make you right, just because you have wrote a book on a subject does not make you right! Just because you are a lead investigator of a successful paranormal group doesn’t mean you are right! The facts change, the research is surprisingly fast! 20 years ago most of it was wrong, holding onto those facts means you are wrong! Experience can mean nothing in the paranormal world we use too many disciplines! We all need to adjust as often as possible to step forward and achieve that goal we all wanted to start with!
An explanation for the paranormal or as most scientists one day will say ‘the normal’ because that is all it is once we have a plausible answer!
Adjust your views, move with the research whatever personal cost it may feel to your reputation!
It reminds me of a verse in the brilliant Tim Minchins beat poem ‘storm’
“Science adjusts it’s views based on what’s observed
Faith is the denial of observation so that Belief can be preserved.
If you show me
That, say, homoeopathy works,
Then I will change my mind
I will spin on a fucking dime
I’ll be embarrassed as hell,
But I will run through the streets yelling
Its a miracle! Take physics and bin it!
Water has memory!
And while it’s memory of a long lost drop of onion juice is Infinite
It somehow forgets all the poo its had in it!
You show me that it works and how it works
And when I’ve recovered from the shock
I will take a compass and carve ‘Fancy That’ on the side of my cock”
A funny and brilliantly intelligent gent if you ask me!
So where has research taken me?
Well I’ve learnt that I’ve been severely mistaken in my belief of the paranormal, how amazingly interesting the actual explanations for these occurrences are and how incredible the points that created the occurrences can be! Even more interesting than the paranormal explanations!
An investigation is not visiting a “haunted location” in the dark with an events team!
Investigation isn’t about using equipment or spiritual tools to uncover apparent truths it can be achieved with little effort if you know where to look in the first place, you’ll become exceptionally sharp whilst investigating! Conversations and interviews go a very long way and talking face to face with someone can reveal a million lies and a thousand facts!
Just taking a short breath during an investigation can give you a view that no one else in the room seems to have!
This point can go on and on and on but until you take that step yourself you’ll never truly understand it!
So let’s move on to my beliefs!
Not research, not facts but that consciousness blurring belief system of this scrappy sceptic (remember to look up the actual meaning before continuing)
My belief is that something exists, something that we do not understand but has a perfectly rational explanation! The things we experience can be created by us not something from the other side! I believe psychology holds the answer to a lot of the questions and science should stand up and take note that given the funds the research could uncover some amazing advances in both physics and psychology but paranormal researchers out there need help from experienced scientists and psychologists with a skill for controlled experimentation to work with those struggling to advance research in this field!
The people still holding onto the old fashioned views and the spiritual fashion of these occurrences are only causing it to fall further from the truth! Those sharing images, videos and voice recordings of “evidence” of ghosts are only stamping on there own want to find an answer!
Not knowing what something is does not make it paranormal, it does not make it evidence!
Paranormal TV shows are here to entertain you, they are no more accurate to the real paranormal world than Blue sky studios popular Ice Age animations are to the actual Ice Age! No single show is better than others in there research! They are only better for there entertainment value, the entertainment you want is to be scared by the possibility that ghosts are real!
Do the world a favour evolve or simply get the fuck of out of the way of people who are trying to make a difference to paranormal research! You are the glue under people’s feet if you aren’t the rope helping them move forward! You cause the fog around the research that makes it a mockery to the world!
My main belief is we won’t achieve anything unless we stop these ridiculous attempts to find fame and fortune in the media and make up facts to make ourselves feel better!
(Annnnnnnnd take a breath)
So if you’ve got this far without feeling like replying out of agreement then Thankyou!
If you want to send a reply to argue a point I suggest that first you turn and look at yourself, look at your teams, look at your goals, look at why you are doing what you do, look at how you do what you do, look at the methods you use, look at where the information you hold so close has come from and then ask yourself..……………………is a police investigator an investigator if they believe the murderer is someone they hate just because they hate them????