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Seek And Ye Shall Find: Researching The History Of Your House

by on Monday, September 13th, 2010

So you believe that you’ve had some paranormal experience in your home and believe that you’re living in a haunted house; now you want to know the history of your house but don’t know where to start. I know that this can seem like an insurmountable task but rest assured that it’s actually pretty easy to find out what you need to know about the history of your house.

First stop on your trek should be your local County Clerk’s office to look at land records. All you need is the address and you can work your way back in time to find the previous owners. Make sure you take notes of all the names you discover. You can also look for property tax related indexes but they may be at a different county office. Someone will at the County Clerk’s office (more…)

Bound By Fate: Stoic Philosophy In Paranormal Investigaions

by on Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart.

– Marcus Aurelius

A stoic philosophy can be an asset during paranormal investigations. With it you will have a cool head and your emotions will be under control. Also there is the added benefit of professionalism it can give you when you see that shadow moving down the hallway and you don’t run and scream.

Basically stoicism is living in harmony with nature and accepting that which it deals to you. Not living “contrary to nature” is a key theme you will find. One must stand in the face of danger with composure. Whatever happens isn’t contrary to nature and fate has bound you to it.

Stoicism teaches the development of self-control and fortitude as a means of overcoming destructive emotions; the philosophy holds that becoming a clear and unbiased thinker allows one to understand the universal reason. A primary aspect of Stoicism involves improving the individual’s ethical and moral well-being: “Virtue consists in a will which is in agreement with Nature.” This principle also applies to the realm of interpersonal relationships (more…)

Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence

by on Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Carl Sagan once said “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.” He is exactly correct when dealing with something moving from scientific theory to natural law. For instance, Nicolaus Copernicus had an extraordinary claim for his day called Heliocentrism. It was absolute heresy to say that the earth revolved around the sun in 1543! The establishment frowned upon this and his work was banned. Sad thing is it wasn’t really accepted until the 19th century. Over the course of time we’ve discovered that the sun doesn’t revolve around us, the galaxy doesn’t revolve around our sun and believe it or not we are not the center of the damn universe. As a matter of fact more than likely we are not the only universe. We exist in a multiverse.

If it were not for men like Copernicus that challenged belief for a seemingly wacked out notion, we would still all be sitting here with our thumb up our collective ass thinking we are the center of the whole damn thing. That’s where I think that the paranormal field is at today. It’s filed in  the pseudo-science (more…)

Know When You’ve Been Frank’d

by on Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Have you ever seen the movie Catch Me If You Can? It’s loosely based on the real life autobiography of a man named Frank Abagnale Jr. Now a security consultant, Frank was a conman, check forger, document forger, impostor and escape artist.

In the 1960s Frank forged over $2 million in checks in 26 countries over a 5 year time frame starting when he was only 16. Most of which were Pan-Am checks seeing  as how his favorite con was posing as a Pan-Am pilot. He deadheaded over 1 million miles on over 250 flights. As a “pilot” he was also able to get everything from food to hotels on his little excursions all on Pan-Am’s dime.

Besides being a “pilot”, Frank was (more…)

Battery + Spooks = No Juice

by on Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

It’s a common problem on investigations involving actual paranormal activity. Your brand new Duracell is so toast! The widely accepted theory is that entities require energy to manifest themselves either by sight, sound or touch. And what better source than your nice and compact energy cell.

So bring extra batteries. Plus it’s always good practice to start every investigation with a brand new set. I know it’s not the most cost effective thing to do but it does ensure that you are ready to go when the time comes.

And don’t just have extra batteries for your camera. Bring extras for all (more…)