Problems With EMF and Unjust Criticism From Skeptics

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GaussmeterChances 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 use of any instrumentation, especially in ghost hunting, because there is no proven correlation to the phenomenon and what the instrument can measure. In other words no one has proved an EMF detector or infrared camera can detect a ghost. The problem with this argument is how could anyone possibly establish this correlation to an unexplained phenomenon? More to the point how do you establish a correlation without using the instruments. In fact using various types of measurement devices can be extremely useful. While we don’t have a “ghost detector,” if a correlation between the phenomenon and a specific instrument is found, it can help define the characteristics of the phenomenon. This information can even help lead to a cause. So I think this type of work is extremely beneficial in the investigation of the paranormal, but…

Where Skeptics Get it Right
When it comes to instruments like gaussmeters, trifield meters we are dealing with invisible forces; electricity, magnetism, radio waves etc. We cannot investigate strange readings and therefore attempt to debunk readings to determine validity. The other problem is many investigators use these meters indiscriminately. They might take a simple baseline reading, but this can be insufficient to rule out false positives. The fact of the matter is paranormal investigators need to do more work to understand and eliminate false positives. Consider testing the instruments in “clean” environments and watch for unexplained jumps and changes. These types of tests can help us understand the nature of the signals and hopeful move us closer to establishing a correlation between the phenomenon and the signal, if one exists.

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