Research? Who needs research???
Ghosts are the spirits of the dead! Isn't that great! I can completely re-create the site and tell the researchers to stop our experiments now as it's all been answered! Now that we KNOW what a ghost is, what's the point? These reports and stories are now more of a journal... I should re-do the site to show this at ONCE!
Uh-oh... wait a second...
Apparently, there's no such thing as ghosts! Well, see! I'm glad that's all cleared up, again, now I can stop wasting my time and energy or re-label the site as a work of pure fiction.
Anyone notice the flaw here?
Yup, it's "Investigation by Proclamation". Again, using a Stanton Freidman line when it came to Sceptdebunkers and, in the above case, "Too-True Believers".
I find it very sad that BOTH of the above groups proclaim that THEY have an open mind and THEY have accepted 'the truth' (apparently, 'the truth' is out there... somewhere) and those of us who DARE question their brilliance and information... well, we're just bad or plain loopy.
Forgive me but to BOTH the above groups... WHAT HARD EVIDENCE DO YOU HAVE TO CONVINCE ME OF YOUR "PROOF"?
"Don't trip over your open mind."
- Royce J. Meyers III's Signature Line
* - "Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence" is a quote often falsely attributed to astronomer and friend of CSICOP, the late Carl Sagan but it was actually coined by the late Marcello Truzzi who, in hind sight, wished he'd never said it... at least, not that way. In his eyes, ALL claims need evidence regardless of how "extraordinary" they are. He was correct but Truzzi's old group, CSICOP, cling to the 'original' phrase to this day.
Answer: None, really. In fact, as stated in our EMF editorial, the ONLY conclusive study on EMF and the paranormal was done by Dr. Michael Persinger who PROVED that high electro-magnetic energy bombarding the human brain would cause hallucinations. NEVER THE LESS, MANY people said there was LOADS of proof! Many experiments and tons of data! Truth to tell, no there really wasn't and when ASKED where these studies were... well...Next question:
Now, in fairness, there are MANY amateur ghost hunters that show, in their reports, jumps in EMF in certain 'haunted' places but they never seemed to have a 'mean' or generic EM reading BEFORE the spike, they also never seem to try to account for the spikes via 'natural' (or man made) means. Conclusion... So far, the only thing we KNOW for certain about high EMF is that it DEBUNKS most hauntings.
Again, people kept saying "But there's TONS of stories, reports and books out there!See, even the "Too-True-Believers" are as guilty of "Investigation by Proclamation" as the debunkers! Methinks we accept a little too much because "we", as believers, are EXPECTED to.
I would ask... "Where? What are the titles? Remember, I'm looking for historical reports not cold 'ghost hunting' information."
That's when communication would usually cease.
Then, not just once, people would say "Bachelor's Grove! Bachelor's Grove!"
...and I would reply... "Okay, that's ONE in HOW MANY?"
I have to face facts... There are a total of FIVE known 'haunted' cemeteries in Ontario... and that's five in a total of thousands.
"Why investigate? CSICOP has proclaimed!"
Stanton Freidman in a letter on UFO Updates
Editor's Change/Addition: Paranormal research "...is beset by True Believers ('They must be, therefore they are!') and True Unbelievers ('They can't be, therefore they aren't!') Rare are those who pursue evidence wherever it may lead, no matter how the results may square with their cherished hopes and dreams. Ironically, both the TBists and the TUists see themselves as champions of objective analysis and critical thinking, when in fact they are defenders of their respective faiths and, not incidentally, their egos."
Karl Pflock in Saucer Smear