So, I have put off blogging about the paranormal for quite some time now. A steady slew of misinformation online has prompted me to actually sit at the laptop tapping away at these little keys until I feel my point has been made. Naturally, you have the right to ignore this, but in all aspects of my professional career I aim to eradicate the bullshit that unscrupulous merchants profit from. So, my first blog is going to come across a bit shouty.
I have never liked the term "Ghost Hunt" I mean really, what exactly is it you propose to do when you have managed to hunt the elusive ghost? Yeah, pretty much what I expected. Unfortunately the term is so in diction I have had no choice but to use it in the company description, it is after all, what the public will Google. Another thing I don't like "Do you dare spend the night with us??" Yes, I do dare actually, but I won't because I'm not paying money to people who are clearly disguising a paranormal investigation as a scare event. There are many great scare events in the UK, none of them portray themselves as paranormal.
The last thing you want during a paranormal investigation is fear. You are there to gather evidence, witness, observe. By loading an event with fear you have immediately psychologically biased any perceptions. Some paranormal TV shows have made a lot of money by promoting the paranormal as something to fear. Sure, fear of the unknown is natural, but a good paranormal team should be educating those in attendance. Of course, this is if they in fact know what they are talking about.
Another grey area for me is the use of mediums during investigations. I myself am a psychic medium and have been all of my life, but lets call it 25 years that I have been "proactive" as a medium. When looking to capture evidence of the paranormal, a medium is actually surplus to requirements if you think about it. I'm talking about actual investigation, rather than an event open to the public. It's not much use someone bringing through "Old Dick" when you have no other evidence to review and measure, particularly if there are no accounts of dearest Dicky anywhere near the location. I have certainly been to locations and picked up on certain beings, it's very interesting, but can not be used as evidence. If the information is in the public domain, you can be accused of researching it, if it's not in the public domain you have nothing to back you up. It's a lose/lose situation. This is one of the reasons TAPS (Ghost Hunters TV show) don't use mediums.
As I'm sitting here now, an episode of Most Haunted is on the TV. I could list several things that I do not identify with about this show, but the main one, and one they just showed, is orbs. The internet is full of pictures of dust, I mean, orbs. Now, I have seen, in real time, evidence of orbs responding to command, in effect, communicating. However, when presented with still photos of orbs you have to be ruthless if you wish to be credible. If it could be dust, moisture, insects then you have to discard it as such. I have probably seen only 2 or 3 still photographs that I believed to be of a paranormal nature. This leaves several hundreds, maybe even into the thousands I've seen that were clearly of a natural explanation.
Pareidolia accounts for a lot of misrepresentation within paranormal reports. Much as our ancestors saw shapes among the stars and called them constellations, our own mind find familiar patterns among random images. The most famous probably being seeing a puppy or cuddly toy in the clouds. From the moment we can see, we are processing our world through site, the site of our parents, other relatives, friends, teachers etc etc. Our brain is engineered to look for the familiar in details. Quite common is finding a face within an orb. No offence people, but that is where I switch off, for the reasons stated above.
Humans themselves are flawed also. By this I mean, they cheat and lie! Recent years have seen a resurgence in "Physical Mediumship" The theory is that you can command a willing spirit to manipulate the physical environment. It will move objects, touch people, say things from the other side of the room. This all happens within the setting of a seance. The room will be in darkness, those in attendance will often be tied together (except for the medium of course) I'm afraid to say that this attracts a lot of charlatans. Some would argue that all mediums are such. I personally see no value in physical mediumship. Only my opinion. As a medium my job is to prove to an individual or family that the consciousness of a loved one has survived what we perceive to be the death of the physical. I do not see any value in asking spirit to perform like circus monkeys. Again, only my opinion, it is not an area that interests me at all. Unless I see fakes. And boy have I seen fakes. On another blog I will reference some of these fakes more specifically and directly. I have no time or respect for fakes or trickery.
Anyway, now that I have got the "What Grinds My Gears" blog done, we can start to move forward, because there is so much to move forward with. Even taking into account all the bullshit busting, there is still some fascinating subject matter out there... Do you dare join me? Lolllll, see ya...