are interesting times for paranormal research. Groundbreaking research
is being conducted into subjects like Electro Magnetic Fields and
Infrasound. But why are researchers left bemused by reception of this
The paranormal is the ‘unknown’; we all know this, but the practical
implications can be staggering. When an individual experiences a
haunting, or investigators research a haunting case, the sheer volume of
data with no explanation can sometimes be overwhelming.
The propensity of many minds is to simplify this; provide a framework
for understanding. Some accept spiritualism, or religion, or the simple
belief in ghosts. These frameworks can provide us with the tools to
understand – often very easily – but are not proven or scientific.
Religion, belief and spiritualism do, and always have, rested on the
assumption that they are not scientifically provable. You either believe
or you do not, personal proof is all you need.
But where does leave the scientific investigator? Without the faith or
belief to provide a framework, science and rationalism becomes our
framework. But science does not have all the answers in a field that is
The temptation of many is to latch onto new or old scientific
discoveries and apply them to almost everything unknown.
Weak, complex EM fields are known to lead people to have certain
ambiguous experiences that people attribute to hauntings. A similar
story is emerging from current Infrasound research.
At worst some investigators latch onto these ideas, claiming EM fields
and Infrasound actually cause ghosts. All the evidence suggest EM field
and Infrasound cause people to, essentially, have hallucinations or
strange experiences which are entirely natural. Yet it is surprising the
number of websites that claim these factors cause, or are caused by,
In many ways an even worse reaction is the acceptance and
over-application of the scientific reasoning. Many rational websites,
not to mention the mass media, are now claiming that EM fields and
Infrasound could be the route cause for most hauntings. But it is not
that easy! Emerging research shows EM fields and Infrasound can explain
experiences in a very small number of cases. The odds are that even EM
field and Infrasound like experiences have nothing to do with these
The probable reality is that we can rarely explain away ghost
experiences as being down to EM fields and Infrasound. Whilst they have
a very important place, some of the time, it is likely that the
explanations are right in front of your eyes. Studying the psychology of
perception is certainly a less easy or clear-cut route to explanation
than pointing to these discoveries, but you might just find that it is
the right way.
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