National Paranormal Society NPS FOCUS June 2016 - Page 15

Moving towards acceptance.

Paranormal investigators spend many hours sitting in the dark collecting data. Many devices are used to record video, audio, disturbances in electromagnetic fields, and weather data. Teams are data collectors. They spend hours reviewing data and sharing their discoveries with other team members. Investigations are conducted on a meager budget. Tons of money is invested on equipment to collect data, but usually, the time for research is limited. Typically, paranormal investigation is an expensive hobby – not an occupation.

lack of comparable data.

There is no way to draw conclusions and make adequate conclusions without more numbers. Researchers can go back to the site and reinvestigate, but still only gather a limited set of data. To advance the paranormal into the realm of acceptance, the data must be shared. This would allow the evidence to be examined for baselines that could aid in capturing compelling evidence. Data needs to be shared with other teams, but confidentiality must be maintained. Teams may share catches if given permission, however, many times this may not be the case.

Science

Pseudoscience

• Follows the evidence wherever it leads

• Embraces Criticism

• Uses precise terminology with clear definitions

• Claims are conservative and tentative

• Properly considers all evidence and arguments

• Uses rigorous and respectable methods

• Engages with peers and community

• Follows careful and valid logic

•Changes with new evidence

• May start with a conclusion and work backwards to confirm

• Hostile to Criticism

• Use of vague jargon to confuse and evade

• Grandiose claims that go beyond evidence

• Cherry picks favorable evidence or may rely on weak evidence

• Use of flawed methods with unrepeatable results

• Lone mavericks working in isolation

• Use of inconsistent and invalid logic

• Dogmatic and unyielding

Hours of the mundane are

endured to have those few genuine paranormal experiences. These few experiences are the inspiration that drives researchers back to the hunt. This is the life and passion of an investigator. It is habitual. If possible, they head back to places where they have experienced the greatest occurrences and set up equipment again. Even though hours of video footage is captured and multiple hours are spent in review, findings are typically shared with the client, and no one else. Even with compelling captures and personal experiences, there is no great way to determine what caused the incidents to occur because there still is a