This irks me – courses in ghost hunting. There is nothing wrong with doing whatever in your own time but to put on the guise of instruction for an activity that is more often akin to snipe hunting is ridiculous.
Leslie Wood teaches a psychic development class as part of an adult enrichment program that covers ghost hunting, clairvoyance, spirit guides and angels.
“We all have an angel to look after us,” she explained. “You’re supposed to talk to your angels, did you know that? Does anybody here talk to them?”
The class, titled Developing Your Psychic Self II: Soul Journey, is one of four Owen J. Roberts Adult Enrichment Program classes Wood is teaching for Chester County Night School. And though she’s been teaching for 30 years at a number of locations, and on a variety of subjects, her current classes all deal with some aspect of the paranormal. One is on hunting ghosts and another on animal communication. A third, called Creating a Past Life Map, helps people reconnect with former lives.
As a psychic-medium-intuitive counselor she teaches student how to develop their “Third Eye”.
Wow. What a ton of woo she packs into her classes. None of these topics have any basis in reality. If she is able to develop students psychic abilities and to get them to communicate with spirit beings, I’m wondering how she gets evaluated for student success?
Here’s another example:
Husband and wife Scott and Jillian Hamilton plan to start a paranormal investigation school.
Called “Family Haunts,” their group is currently working part-time out of the Ansonia Public Library, but hope to eventually move into the old Ansonia Opera House on Main Street — if they can get the funding together to fix up the 19th-century space and rent part of it.
They say they’re also in talks with a production company that is looking to do a TV show about their work.
The important questions here are qualifications. I don’t see any except as self styled amateurs. Are they parapsychologists? Historians? Do they “believe” in the paranormal or approach it in a rational way? Color me skeptical because it sounds just like every other ghost group. Really? We need ANOTHER ghost TV show. That seems to come along with most business ventures.
I’ve written about community college “adult enrichment” classes before. I like the idea of low-cost continuing education classes but there are some subjects that cross the line. Paranormal investigation is one of them. Now, if it was an actual professional investigator, like a Joe Nickell or Ben Radford, people who don’t assume a paranormal cause, that’s a different story. That is getting instruction on how to solve a problem or mystery. This is playing pretend scientist or expert and telling them a bunch of baseless nonsense. A history of the paranormal? A guide to psychical research? Paranormal in pop culture? All fine topics because they aren’t based in believing a faulty premise. Ghost hunting 101: Garbage.
These non-credit courses and classes are often not very expensive but what good are they? They are teaching people fantasy and encouraging a disconnect with reality. All in fun? Some would say so, but there will be the few that take this stuff too seriously and it overtakes their day-to-day concerns and puts spirits and angels in their place. And that is just not “enriching” at all.