My pet peeve – ghost hunters playing pretend scientist.
Watching ghost hunting television shows might help eak the interest of paranormal experiences for some kids. But what you see on TV isn’t always how it really is behind the scenes. A local paranormal investigation group wants to help explain what it’s all about to kids ages 8 to 18 at the Clymer Library on Saturday morning.
Core Phenomenon Research, a Pocono based paranormal investigation team is hosting a “Tween Ghost Hunting” seminar to help give some background information on the science of the paranormal.
They say they are going to talk about EVP – electronic voice phenomena, explain base readings, tools they use and alternative normal explanations. The point is to show that ghosts are not scary. I have no problem with that. No, ghosts are NOT scary, but the idea of “science” and “realism” that you are dishing off on these kids is. There is zero scientific basis for what you are promoting.
This is a topic that makes me furious. Having studied paranormal investigation groups, their use of “science” is strictly for show and displays ignorance of the scientific ethos. What they do only appears to be scientific but it lacks critical qualities of science such as objectivity, elimination of bias, use of controls, consideration of plausibility, peer review, proper application of skepticism, and more…
This is NOT science, it is sham inquiry. When the goal is to collect evidence of the paranormal instead of finding what if anything is going on in the first place, you have completely started off on the wrong path. They have the goal (find paranormal activity, prove ghosts exists) along with an unwarranted assumption (ghosts exists) in place. There is no value in such an investigation except to fool yourself and bolster your own beliefs. Definitively NOT science or true to the ideals of investigation.