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“Your house is haunted……”

Posted in Uncategorized on January 21, 2010 by paranormalteam

I put the feelers out about this topic on twitter a moment ago. I was interested by the responses I got. However I can’t say what I want to say on twitter, so the blog post is the best option.

The question I posed on twitter was “Am I the only one that thinks it’s wrong for a paranormal team to say a house is haunted?’

What I mean by the above is when a paranormal group uses the words “Your house is haunted” or similar, after they have investigated a property. I personally think this is very wrong and I’ll explain my reasons for this in the blog post that follows.

For a person to state that a property is haunted is to state that they can prove, without any doubt in the world, that this is the case. From the many, possibly millions, of people around the world studying the paranormal this person knows the answer. In which case I say to them, post your evidence and let’s end the argument over the existence of ghosts forever.

Some people you meet, that believe they are being subjected to a haunting in their home, are scared. They are scared for themselves and they are scared for their families. From a moral standpoint, I see someone that comes along and validates the homeowners fears by use of the words “It’s haunted” as being very much in the wrong. If we lived in a world whereby haunting was defined, it’s reasons known, and it’s ghosts were proven fact then this would not be a problem. However, we don’t. Nothing has been proven. Everything has been theorized. We are no closer to the truth really than we were many years ago.

So what I am suggesting is replacing the use of the words “Your house is haunted” with something more realistic along the lines of “Currently we don’t have an explanation. This needs more research and investigation.” Because in truth this is where we actually stand. If you can prove it, then prove it to the world without a shadow of a doubt. End the skepticism and convince the scientists.

But then this is my opinion, I am one voice in the many. I just wish sometimes it was a little louder.

Demons and Possessions

Posted in Uncategorized on November 11, 2009 by paranormalteam

There is one thing that I am starting to hear a lot more about lately and that is demonic possession. What really scares me about this is that people are going around stating possessions as fact. We have people now that call themselves demonologists (and other terms). From the study of demons, through to the actual removal of a demon from a person/place, modern demonologists/exorcists say they are the people to sort this out. These people might not necessarily be of any particular faith, they may be of no faith whatsoever.

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I would like to point here that we currently no longer live in the dark ages. Many moons ago a man seen fitting, convulsing, dribbling at the mouth etc would soon after have heard the shouts of “Demon! Warlock! Magic!”. This person would have then been punished/cleansed or whatever else was thought right at the time.

In this day and age, the sensible people of this world would seek medical help for the individual. Whether they are having an epileptic fit or have another medical condition. You just don’t take a chance and you certainly don’t assume demons are at work.

Most people in this world will have, at some point in their life, contact with someone who is suffering from mental health issues. You may even suffer from this yourself. There is a great deal of misunderstanding still about mental health and yes, STILL, we have a stigma attached to it.

My all time worst fear is to see someone suffering from a mental health condition being attended to by someone wanting to cast out their demons! The first thing that should be done is that the person is referred to the correct qualified professional. Where I say professional I mean a mental health professional, not a professional demonologist/exorcist/[insert current term for them here]. A person suffering, who is confronted by someone telling them they are possessed, really isn’t going to be helped in long term are they? No, its going to strengthen their own beliefs and make the whole situation worse.

I have heard directly of a demonlogist saying they were trained to deal with mental health. All I can say is Bollocks. Plain and simple. a) You are trained in the fact you are qualified? Right, in that case you should know better. Go through the proper channels. b) You are trained as in you’ve read some books? In that case, please get the hell away from the “possessed” person and never come back.

This is not intended to be a dig at anyones beliefs. Believe all you want in whatever you want! That’s called freedom, which we are all entitled to. However, please do not go around stating that they are fact. You really have no right. And in the case of the above, you are treading on very thin ice and could be messing with peoples health. Demons may exist, who can really say, but the first thing that should be considered is the person suffering. That’s above and beyond any beliefs we may have.

Ouija Pain

Posted in Uncategorized on November 9, 2009 by paranormalteam

I went out and bought a Ouija Board. I know I shouldn’t have but I couldn’t resist. It was made of this lovely wood and was all soft to the touch and………. anyway I digress.

As we all know (and if you don’t you need a slap), the common explanation for the Ouija board experience is the Ideomotor effect. I could go on and type a load about this but it’s all already here on the Skepdic website http://www.skepdic.com/ideomotor.html

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So on Saturday night myself, and the other two team members, went out for a nice Bonfire night firework extravaganza. On our return, after consuming vast amounts of pizza, chicken wings and ice cream, we got the Ouija board out.

The session went on for a good hour or so. The majority of the time the glass was just going around and around in circles. The rest of the time it was spelling out things like AZBYCXDWEVFU (can you see the pattern there?). Anyway, just as we were all getting fed up to death with the crap it started to behave.

We get a name Russ. Russ or Russell is a modern name, this guy would probably be about 60/70 now. Russ says he is a homosexual. He likes our male team member and is not too keen on the females, for obvious reasons. Then he proceeds to tell us he committed suicide, as he was either in love or had a relationship, with one of the owners of the factory my flat is built on. On asking if anyone would be able to validate this we get a resounding no. Great.

So what can we make of all this. I can probably go and find out if there was a person called Russ who worked at the factory and committed suicide. I really should but my gut feeling is that this is all a load of hokum. But I wouldn’t be a proper investigator if I didn’t at least give it a shot. We shall see.

Oh yeah, and another thing, I have really strained muscles today from the rampant glass movement!

Premonition Log

Posted in Premonitions, Uncategorized on October 29, 2009 by paranormalteam

As a follow up to the recent blog post I have noticed a number of people have recently tweeted about having a vivid premonition. In what possibly might be a vain attempt to get this stuff written down, I have created a premonition log (link on the right hand side). Please, pretty please, if you do have one then please log if you can.

Please Note: When you comment it may take a few minutes to be approved. This is so that the site is not inundated with sp@m.

Premonitions

Posted in Paranormal, Premonitions, Uncategorized on October 19, 2009 by paranormalteam

It seems almost everyone I speak to says they have had a premonition of one form or another. Whether this be of an event such as a car accident or simply a vision of the phone ringing and it does. A premonition is the vision of a future event. I guess we all get these but how many of them come true? How many of them are far too vague to be trusted? For example, someone says they predicted a celebrity’s death. However they do this years before it happens? Not exactly convincing is it? For me, it would need to be within a very short amount of time. Also, obviously, it would need to be a shock death and not one thats rumoured anyway through ill health.

It’s not just the average joe that has these kinds of experiences. Almost everyone will have heard of Abraham Lincolns premonition of his own death. He had a strong premonition of attending a mourning in the East Wing of the White House. On asking a soldier present who the deceased was, he answered “The President”. Ten days later he was assasinated.

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After asking anyone on twitter of their experiences I noticed quite a theme, which turned out to be some kind of vehicle accident (cars, bikes, planes etc). Here are some of the stories, all anonymous of course! Excuse their grammar, they are limited to 140 chars! As usual I will throw in an alternate explanation if I can think of one. I might have to scrape the barrel with a few of them!

“I dreamed about John Lennon getting shot. It was in very vivid detail on NBC’s Today show. When I woke up, I saw the news and it was exactly as I dreamed it.”

Could it have been possible they were asleep in front of the TV? I know, clutching at straws possibly. I had something happen, not a premonition but I woke up at the exact time Princess Diana’s crash was being first reported on TV. Was the early hours of morning in UK. For some reason I got up and turned the TV on which I never do.

“I had another experience where I just knew my boyfriend and I had seen Raider’s of the Lost Ark. We went to the movie and I told him we’ve seen this. He said no way, it was just released. I kept telling him what was going to happen next and kept asking him “don’t you remember?!!” I was convinced we had watched it on TV together.”
Could it have been possible that this person saw the trailers and this is what they later recalled?

“I had one well you could call it that about a wreck and it happened the next day. It was my dad he wrecked
the car spun around hit the mountain just as i seen it the day before it was wild. Fortunately he was just shook up a little it really got him when i described the wreck to him and i was not there.”

A weird one, can’t think of an explanation if this is true.

“Not so much a premonition but saw a guy on motorcycle drive past me and I thought I shouldn’t change lanes just in case he wrecks. So I stayed in my lane and a few min later his lane stopped and as I was driving by I passed him as he was picking up his bike. Don’t know if he actually crashed or someone hit him but it
freaked me out to see him crashed”

Maybe this guy was riding a little bit unsafe and natural instincts kicked in? Move out of the way?

“I’ve had a few, one that stands out was a dream about a plane crash that happened the next day. That was about 20 years ago, would you call knowledge of someones appearence right before they show up a premonition? I’m talking someone I’ve had no contact with in 10 plus years that sort of thing seems to happen a lot.”
The phone call thing happens to loads of people. Usually its just someone that normally rings. In this case, being 10 years apart, makes it slightly more interesting.

“Strangest one I had was of small plane crash – no one hurt at Local airport. Small airport. I called my dad told him about it. Described plane etc. Sure enough he calls me next day it it had happened. Turns out my ex had been called in as standby to cover at firehouse. Have been lots of silly little things over the years. Only with loved ones. Know when bad thing coming buy now more a feeling than premonitions.”
Another one I can’t really explain if true.

All in all very fascinating. There does seem to be a real trend towards vehicle accidents. Whether it’s the case that these just stand out a load more vivid in the memory, I cannot say. Maybe we have premonitions all the time but they are so unremarkable that we just don’t remember them. As of yet, we still don’t have any definative proof that premonitions are real or just big coiincidences. It’s something we are very much interested in. Whenever I hear of someone who has a premonition I get them to write it down in as much detail as possible (trying to avoid vagueness). This can then be correlated against the actual facts should it come “true”.

Mediumship – What should we make of it all?

Posted in Uncategorized on October 13, 2009 by paranormalteam

I know this is a very sensitive subject which could result in a few people getting annoyed with me. However I will try to approach it in a neutral(ish) way and as sensitively as possible.

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A big part of the paranormal investigating scene involves the use of mediums. These people claim they are able to connect with those that have passed over and can relay information back to us. Most of us will probably be able to name a celebrity medium that we have seen on many of the paranormal TV shows out there. Recently mediums have become more forefront because of their appearances on these shows. You can even meet these people at many of the public organised events around the country (UK).

Much as with any other part of the paranormal you probably will not use a piece of kit or equipment without knowing what you are attempting to measure with it. Also does the thing you are measuring have any bearing on the paranormal? You could, if you want to, say that a medium is another piece of equipment in your paranormal toolbox. Of course, you would also need to look at the potential flaws with the equipment you are using.

So bearing the above in mind, we can look at a medium in this light. Firstly what are we attempting to measure or capture by using them? Usually we are asking the medium to pick up on any spirits present at a location. If we are to believe that mediums can indeed relay this information back from the other side then I’d say you have the right tool for the job. However, and this is a BIG however, a large percentage of the time you have no way of validating the information received back. Occassionally you might have a name that you can find in the history books. But all this is public knowledge and that’s where we have the doubt. If you can find the information then any medium may also (if they choose) be able to find this information too.

This leads on to examining the potential flaws with the tool you are using. In the case of mediums the obvious flaw would be a deliberately misleading medium who knows they are faking the results. Another may be that the medium may not be deliberately misleading you , however they do believe 100% that the information is coming from those passed over.

After many many hours spent researching mediumship we are still no closer to proof that it exists. It’s for this reason that, although I find it very interesting when dealing with mediums, I do take the information with a pinch of salt. However, never say never but also never say yes for definate. Mediumship as I see it currently is a theory like any other that needs testing out and ultimately providing definative proof either way.

Answer – Question of the Day

Posted in Uncategorized on September 17, 2009 by paranormalteam

The answer is actually very simple. The surgeon is the boy’s mother.

Some people will immediately have gotten this right. Others may have gone into more technical detail and thought about step-fathers, godfathers, adoptions etc etc.

The reason some people do this is the preconception (stereotype) that being a surgeon is a man’s job. Therefore the fact that it is the mother that is the surgeon will not register immediately.

But hey, don’t feel bad if you got it wrong. So did I first time 🙂