Know Your Gear!

Many paranormal investigators spend more time familiarizing themselves with theories about why ghosts exist than they do understanding their own equipment. This is a critical mistake! If your interest is purely hobby then do what you want; however, if you…

The Burden of Proof is on the Claimant

One of the common lines of the paranormal critic is that the burden of proof is on the claimant. In other words those that believe in the paranormal are burdened with the task of proving it. On the surface, this…

Definitions Investigators Need to Know: Evidence, Hypothesis, Theory

Through my reading and dissection of articles from a wide range of authors it has became obvious to me that both sides of the aisle (paranormal believers and critics) do not understand some fundamental definitions of common terms. Evidence: Paranormal…

Analyst vs. Critic: Ghost Hunting Mistakes

In each installment of Analyst vs. Critic I take on an article written about suspected paranormal phenomena. I will examine the breadth and depth of the investigation and look for signs of bias and flawed thinking. I don’t do this…

Logical Fallacies

I’m going to make more of an effort to point out logical fallacies by their actual name when I critique articles. If you are unfamiliar with logical fallacies these are flaws in reasoning. There is a great website that lists…

How to Avoid Confirmation Bias – A Lesson for Skeptics and Believers Alike!

Confirmation bias, put simply, means we see what we want to see. Applied to paranormal research that means the biased skeptic will always find evidence to prove paranormal events are nothing special while the believer will find the opposite. This…

What is and Isn’t Definitive Proof

This one has really been bugging me lately. Believer collect a piece of evidence, a video, a photo, even a hair sample and shoot from the rooftops this is definitive evidence. Then they stand aghast when the world doesn’t believe…

Rules for the Investigator to Live By

These are various rules that investigators should put into practice to improve the quality of their work.  You cannot cite the facts that support your opinion and ignore those that disprove it. A conclusive explanation must reasonably satisfy all known…

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Problems With EMF and Unjust Criticism From Skeptics

Chances are good that when a skeptic starts talking about all the instruments paranormal investigators use, the word pseudo-science is close behind. Some of the criticism is deserved, but most is unwarranted. Where Skeptics Get it Wrong Skeptics criticize the…

Investigating the Paranormal in Style – New Analytical Methodology

Are you as tired of the old back and forth debate between skeptics and believers as I am? Bigfoot does exist, no he doesn’t. He’s a real creature, he’s a hoax. It’s time to bring a more systematic way to…