Indian “institutes” teaching people “ghost hunting”

Ghost chasing is becoming a more popular hobby in India. People are paying to take courses from “institutes” to learn how to operate the equipment. It seems like India may be about 10 years behind the US in the popularity of fall for such stuff.

An increasing number of urban Indian professionals are signing up for courses and training in paranormal sciences from a host of institutes that have mushroomed across India. And the cost of these courses — which can touch Rs 75,000 — is no deterrent.

Source: Paranormal investigations a fast-growing hobby

75,000 Indian rupee is over $1000 US dollars. Quite a hefty chunk of change… wasted on nonsense.

I can’t count how many stories I’ve seen from all over the world about paranormal investigators. Sadly, they are all exactly the same – the people have good intentions, are fueled by curiosity and ALMOST ALWAYS are prone to belief as well as misunderstanding why this is so unscientific and misguided.

Bangalore-based dentist Rahul Kumar says he turned a paranormal investigator because science cannot explain everything. “Many behavioral and physical conditions of man lie beyond the boundaries of medical science. There are many doctors in our team of paranormal investigators who discuss cases that medical science cannot explain,” says Kumar, who is part of the Pentacle Paranormal Research Society.

The society, set up by former journalist Shishir Kumar takes the study of the paranormal a notch higher to include the mysteries of extra-terrestrials and UFOs.

Team Pentacle, which claims to have captured the first ever full-body apparition in India, runs the Institute of Paranormal Research and UFOlogy. “Our team has doctors, engineers, physiotherapists and charted accountants who blend the psychic and scientific approach in paranormal investigations,” says Mumbai-based Shishir…

There’s a big old facepalm. Where to start? Well, for those of you don’t see anything wrong with the above quote, then I probably can’t tell you anything that you would find interesting. For those who might think there is something in it, I can tell you that paranormal investigator who takes the approach that there are answers beyond science but claims to USE science is very deeply confused and wrongheaded in their approach. They seem to can’t even comprehend if this is a question of science or not!  Fancy equipment and wishful thinking does not equate to science. They are doing sham inquiry – trying to supply evidence to fit a preexisting conclusion. They are using “scientifical” approaches, like equipment, classes, and emphasis of their professional career choices, as trappings to justify its seriousness. They embrace mystery and the “otherness” in the world and they will interpret their evidence in that light.

After centuries of ghost hunting, since the dawn of professional scientists, we have looked into the question of spirits, and there is no better evidence that such a concept is real since way back then. Sadly, many people think ghost hunting started in the 21st century with the EMFs and blink-light gadgets to spot “psychic energy”. The concepts behind this are all unsupported (and often totally bogus) and purveyors of them betray lack of knowledge about the relevant (and often scientific) history of the subject.

You should NEVER spend money to become a “certified” paranormal investigator. It’s not what you think.

More:

Science is all these things: a process, a way of looking at a topic, a community, an infrastructure, a career, a set of results, an authority, and more. We can use the word in many ways. That means it can be abused in many ways as well.

Source: “Scientific”: It’s just a catchphrase! – CSI

A study of 1,000 websites shows how amateur groups use technical jargon and equipment as symbols of what is “scientific” while actually promoting the paranormal and not adhering to any real scientific principles of investigation.

Source: Amateur Paranormal Research and Investigation Groups Doing ‘Sciencey’ Things – CSI

  5 comments for “Indian “institutes” teaching people “ghost hunting”

  1. Eric
    May 24, 2015 at 8:43 PM

    What an absolutely brilliant idea. I’m going to start offering my own “certifications” I think. You could be a CPI (certified paranormal investigator), CBH (certified Bigfoot hunter), etc, etc. I’m going to be rich!!

  2. Rook
    May 24, 2015 at 11:33 PM

    There’s another aspect to this. Ghost hunting is becoming an increasingly lucrative business – people are willing to pay good money to be led on organized ghost hunting tours at famous haunted sites. Obviously, such tours require tour guides and organizers.

    Presumably, such a course will teach you the tricks of the trade, and is a place where you can potentially make useful connections and contacts to get your ghost hunting carreer started. And ultimately, something to put on your resume to give you an edge when applying for job as ghost tour guide. Of course it’s all baloney and bad science, but it’s baloney that can be made into a career and earn money. Where there’s money to be made, soon to follow is a school to teach it!

  3. May 25, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    We all could be. But scruples get in the way.

  4. Eric
    May 25, 2015 at 1:04 PM

    And an organization to test and certify it. Then offer continuing ed courses to keep your certification.

    This tarot card reader has been certified by the world association of physic diviners.

    Wow it must be legit, it’s certified. Look at that fancy certificate on the wall!!

  5. Gary
    May 26, 2015 at 6:09 AM

    “…that paranormal investigator who takes the approach that there are answers beyond science but claims to USE science is very deeply confused and wrongheaded in their approach…”

    No argument there, but what if they use some NON-scientific method to “investigate” such as “intuition”, psychic vibes, whatever? If they don’t use science, then they can avoid science-based criticism and play by their own rules, so to speak.

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