Criticism of Orb Zone Theory

Criticism of Orb Zone Theory

Orb Zone Theory was proposed and tested by ASSAP (Association for the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena). According to Orb Zone Theory orbs occur from dust or other particles in the area. When these particles are close to the lens of…

Jeff Meldrum’s New Bigfoot Course and Skeptical Bias

Over at Doubtful News one of the hot topics is Jeff Meldrum’s new course on Bigfoot. Meldrum is a longtime Idaho State University Professor of anatomy and anthropology, and if you don’t know, one of the most prominent modern Bigfoot researchers….

When to Call it Pareidolia

Some call it pareidolia, others matrixing and some apophenia: It is a human’s ability to see meaningful patterns in random data. It is when you see a face in some dead leaves or a picture of the Virgin Mary in…

When Debunking Goes Bad

Debunking is the process of determining natural causes for unknown phenomena. If your anti-bias detector isn’t ringing yet, going into an investigation to find only natural causes is problematic. If you look hard enough for a natural cause you can…

How Long Does it Take to Disprove the Paranormal?

Scientific skeptics love to use this line: “It’s been __ years without proof. It must be false.” It is cited in one form or another as a logical argument against everything from Bigfoot to ESP, but is it valid? The…

The Method Matters

Investigating paranormal claims is pointless without a good methodology. The method is how we judge whether a claim is true or not. If the method is critically flawed how can we expect to get an accurate result? It is lunacy…

Skeptics Don’t Have to Disprove paranormal Claims to Defeat Them

It is a common statement by skeptics, proving the opposite is very difficult; believers say here’s a ghost now disprove it To disprove a claim it would have to be testable under the scientific method, otherwise, we would have to…

Why Criticism is Important

When I first jumped into the paranormal community I spent a lot of time trying to discuss the topics with others. I haunted discussion forums and comment threads in hopes of logical debate and learning great information. I’ve since learned…

Do You Like To Be Wrong?

I understand parsimony: It is reasonable to say the existence of a ghost is not supported by currently established scientific fact. What I don’t understand is why some skeptics adopt this as a personal view. Furthermore, I don’t understand why…

Is Modern Skepticism Committing Suicide?

It’s no secret that the modern skepticism movement has been struggling to expand its base. In fact it seems to drive away existing members as fast as it can add them. I’ve seen postings across the net asking what the movement…

What Makes a Great Paranormal Investigator?

What Makes a Great Paranormal Investigator?

In my quest to become a competent investigator of the paranormal I’ve spent a lot of time trying to answer this question: What make’s a great paranormal investigator? The pyramid on the left represents the primary factors that determine the ability for…

Why the Million Dollar Challenge Is Not a Fair Test of Psychic Powers

Many of you are already familiar with the James Randi Million Dollar Challenge: A Million Dollar prize awaits anyone who can prove the paranormal. The prize has been a banner for skeptics to rally behind and a point of contention…

More Than Ever, Eyewitness Testimony Should Count!

Eyewitness testimony is a point of contention between paranormal investigators and skeptics. Skeptics generally dismiss eyewitness testimony since it is difficult to measure and perceptions can be quite different than reality. Other investigators point to the correlation of the cases as…