You’ll have to excuse the title. The blog posts covers a number of things so I thought wibble was the best description.
There are a few things I’d like to cover in this post. They are……. Public paranormal investigations, posting investigation reports and evidence.
So lets start with public paranormal investigations. For those that don’t know what these are I will provide a quick summary. There are a number of companies over here in the UK that act as event organisers for paranormal investigations. They will hire a venue out and then sell a number of places at the event. Usually its around 20 people but that all depends on the size of the venue. Obviously huge locations can cater for more people. Members of the general public then attend and depending on the event, mediums etc will spend the evening doing a number of types of vigils (glass moving, table tipping, ouija boards etc).
So that’s you public paranormal investigation in a very small nutshell. A lot of people shun these as they are not controlled, however they can be very interesting for a number of reasons.
a) Access to a location that, more than likely, is out of a investigation groups budget. These places can run into 4 figure sums. Bear in mind you can take any equipment you wish, if you are that way inclined.
b) People watching. This is great for those researching the effects on people at these investigations. Which I believe is a very important part of the whole subject. This is my primary reason for going, because it’s the average human being that reports these experiences in the first place.
c) Something to do on a Saturday night…… I jest but in a way its true!
However, now let’s look at the negatives. Because you have no control over the people with you on these events any serious vigils are really out of the question. You usually get the gigglers who laugh most of the way through. You get the talkers, these also yap all the way through the vigils. And for the record, you also get the farters. Yes, those people that disrupt vigils by letting one rip at the right moment. On one of these events we had someone severly under the influence of either alcohol or drugs. We asked them to be removed and they were. (So fair play to the organisers for that).
This is not to say that nothing ever happens on these investigations because they do. It just means you have to take it with a pinch of salt. For instance, the one we attended this Saturday as we were doing the walk around everyone heard clear footsteps in the room above. We were told no-one else was in the building but who can say. Personally myself I experienced some very clear phenomena on one of these events and one that I can’t really explain without going into the realms of clutching at straws.
The second thing I am going to wibble about is the posting of investigation reports. If you are going to a location, you can do a quick search on google and you can bet that one group has been there and posted a report. So you read the report which contains all the names of the people that were “picked up” during the investigation. You then go on the investigation and sure enough your group picks up the same names via a Ouija board. However if you hadn’t read the report would you have come up with the same information?
During experiments/vigils with the use of an object that can be influenced by a human being you have to take care. In the paragraph above it would be very easy for you to sub consciously push the glass to spell out the name of the person you had read about. You might think Woo but then it could be the ideomotor effect in its full flow.
It would be best to avoid any kind of contact with information about previous investigations wherever possible. This would help to stop you absorbing information and influencing the evening. Also bear in mind you could have read a report months back and still be retaining the information even though you don’t realise.
Finally, I am going to wibble about evidence. Just how paranormal does the evidence need to be to be truly paranormal. What if you find what you think is undeniable proof of the paranormal. You are unable to come up with an explanation?
Well, just because you aren’t able to come up with an explanation doesn’t mean it is paranormal. There may still be an explanation, possibly something scientific which you have no idea about or even isn’t known about by anyone yet!
So where does that leave us with our evidence? I’d say up shit creek without a paddle. Frustrating isn’t it.