Q: I recently read your book Scientific Paranormal Investigation: How to Solve Unexplained Mysteries about the mistakes that ghost hunters make using EMF detectors during investigations and how they are not productive. However, I always understood that EMF meters/readers were used to measure EMF levels because high levels of EMF could cause hallucinations that… Continue reading Can Electromagnetic Fields Create Ghosts?
Why do ghost hunters look for ghosts at night with the lights off? Obviously it’s more dramatic, but is there some specific reason or investigative rationale behind it? —S. Pedroncelli A: Nearly every ghost-themed “reality” TV show and film has one or more scenes in which the investigators walk around a darkened place, usually at… Continue reading Ghost Hunters in the Dark
If you found out that someone had died in a house you were planning to rent or buy, what would you do? Go ahead and move in without a thought, or leave the possibly ghost-ridden place for some other sucker? What if it wasn’t just a death, say, from accident or sickness, but a murder?… Continue reading Trying to Sell Your Haunted House? Try Exorcism
It sounds like a fantastic, lethal creature that might be found in a 1950s pulp science-fiction novel (or sci-fi television movie), but some people believe that a large, deadly worm-like creature called the Mongolian Death Worm exists in the Gobi desert. According to British biologist Karl Shuker in his book “The Unexplained: An Illustrated Guide… Continue reading Mongolian Death Worm: Elusive Legend of the Gobi Desert
It is not hard to find sacred religious sites; churches, synagogues, shrines, mosques, and other such places dot the landscape, offering a place for followers of one religious faith or another to join with others and worship. There are many non-religious sacred places as well, such as those for New Agers who flock to the… Continue reading Secular Sacred Sites and Ghost Hunting
There are thousands of amateur ghost hunters around the world whose techniques are modeled after hit cable television shows such as Ghost Hunters, which claim to use good science. But a close examination of typical ghost-hunting methods reveals them to be mostly pseudoscience. Millions of people are interested in ghosts. One 2005 Gallup poll found… Continue reading Science and Pseudoscience in Ghost Investigations
The question has been asked for decades: why haven’t psychic powers been proven yet? Psychics have been studied for decades, both in and out of the laboratory, yet the scientific community (and the public at large) remains unconvinced. In a recent book, “Science & Psychic Phenomena: The Fall of the House of Skeptics,” author Chris… Continue reading Do Scientists Fear the Paranormal?
New research demonstrates that humans can subconsciously detect and assimilate changes in visual stimuli without knowing where that information came from, or what exactly changed. The study suggests that this phenomenon of “knowing without knowing” can often be mistaken for psychic powers or supernatural intuition. ANALYSIS: How Psychics Play the Odds and Still Lose A… Continue reading Study Explains Cognitive Illusion of Psychic Powers
An ancient statue in a British museum was caught on camera mysteriously turning in its locked display case in June. The footage mystified many and made international news. According to an article in the “Manchester Evening News:” An ancient Egyptian statue has spooked museum bosses — after it mysteriously started to spin round in a… Continue reading The Case of the Spinning Egyptian Statue: Solved
She goes by many names including Mary Worth, Mary Jane, Mary Lou, Mary Worthington. But you probably know her by another, more fearsome name: Bloody Mary.