USS Hornet Museum promotes science with… paranormal investigation

If the first sentence quoted in this story doesn’t make you laugh out loud… you have no sense of irony.

Alameda: USS Hornet hosting paranormal conference benefit – Inside Bay Area.

The USS Hornet Museum will host a paranormal conference this weekend — including an overnight investigation of paranormal activity — in hopes of raising up to $10,000 to help students learn about science, technology, engineering and math aboard the aircraft carrier.

The conference speakers include Schave, Carter, Bill Murphy from the SyFy Channel’s “Fact or Faked” show, Paul Bradford from Ghost Hunters International, parapsychologist Pamela Heath and “Dead Explorer” YouTube sensation Alejandro Dominguez.

Speaking before the conference, Murphy said paranormal is a side of normal. He said once something is proven, it becomes normal — which is true with any science. The conference is open to three levels of participation. Level 1 is the daytime conference, dinner, and three hours of paranormal investigation. Level 2 includes lunch, a six-hour overnight paranormal investigation, overnight accommodations aboard the ship and breakfast. Level 3 includes only the six-hour investigation, dinner, overnight accommodations aboard the ship and breakfast. Overnight guests will sleep in real World War II-era bunks.

The conference staff is encouraging guests to bring any equipment they have to record the presence of supernatural spirits.

WHAT a MESS of confusion and misunderstanding. Let’s go on a ghost hunt, and use SCIENCE! Ugh.

The Hornet’s education manager seems to get that the future is in learning about science and engineering. However, this fake sciencey paranormal stuff is exactly NOT what they should be endorsing. The current state of paranormal investigation with their gadgets and ideas about energies and frequencies is not science. It’s not done by scientists and it does not follow scientific protocol. Are they THAT hard up for money that they couldn’t think of anything better?

You can read what they do and why it’s sciencey but not science, here:
Amateur Paranormal Research and Investigation Groups Doing ‘Sciencey’ Things – CSI.

I was very annoyed with this article. It’s another example of fleecing the public with fake science, passing off the nonsense of television shows as reality. USS Hornet Museum – this is pathetic.

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  11 comments for “USS Hornet Museum promotes science with… paranormal investigation

  1. January 31, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    I wonder what the Hornet veterans think of this. I’d be disgusted.

  2. AmSci
    January 31, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    It makes me kind of sad that so many people don’t know what science is.

  3. Kylie S
    January 31, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    A local astronomy center advertised a Psychic Fair on their grounds… for about a week before complaints got it cancelled.

  4. Kylie S
    January 31, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    BTW – six hours?? How many bumps in the dark can you handle before being bored to death?

  5. One Eyed Jack
    February 1, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    Veterans are like any other group of people. There will be a significant percentage of them that buy into the paranormal and think that this is just fine.

  6. RDW
    February 1, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    It’s absurd.

  7. February 1, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    This is ridiculous and irritating.

  8. Richard Smith
    February 1, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    I just sent a short and sweet email to voicing my displeasure.

    Tag. You’re it.

  9. Ed ba
    February 2, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    I read this and I was so mad. I said, “Would you look at that!?”…. Just look at that! Makes me so mad…

  10. Graham
    February 15, 2013 at 4:59 AM

    Here’s hoping that someone can get the raw footage those ghost hunters made that video from.

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