Bound By Fate: Stoic Philosophy In Paranormal Investigaions

by on 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…)

The PenIs Mightier: Document Your Experiences

by on August 9th, 2010

Documentation is key in any field; law,medicine,science,history, mathematics, etc. The pen truly is mightier than the sword.

So if you believe you are experiencing paranormal phenomenon document your experience. Document everything from the time, weather, mood, smell, sights, sounds, etc.

Keep a log of your experiences and utilize them to find the help you may need. Not everything that people experience is truly paranormal in nature. In fact, most things mistaken for paranormal have a complete logical explanation. Explore every possibility and dismiss that which can be readily (more…)

This Is Your Brain. This Is Your Brain On EMR. Any Questions?

by on August 7th, 2010

Things you need to know about electromagnetic field (EMF) radiation and how it could affect your brain function:

In 2004, scientists in Spain have discovered that a cell phone call lasting just two minutes can alter the natural electrical activity of a child’s brain for up to an hour afterwords. The alteration in brain waves could lead to things like a lack of concentration, memory loss, inability to learn and aggressive behavior

Prominent Swedish scientist suggests cell phones and the new wireless technology could cause a “whole generation” of today’s teenagers to go senile in the prime of their lives. Prof. Salford warned that long-term exposure could potentially lower brain reserve capacity.

Swedish research done on rats (more…)

Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence

by on 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 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…)

Shadow People: Ghosts, Demons, Aliens, Astral Bodies, Time Travelers … WTF!?

by on July 30th, 2010

The Shadow People (also known as shadow figures, shadow beings, shadow men,  shadow folk, shadow ghosts) are supernatural  shadow-like figures described as dark humanoid  forms or evasive specters that are seen mostly in peripheral vision.

Shadow people are typically described as black humanoid silhouettes  with no discernible mouths, noses, or facial expressions, child-sized humanoids, or shapeless masses that sometimes change to human like form and featuring eyes that are either glowing or not discernible.  Their movement is said to be quick and disjointed.

Some have proposed that shadow people represent a Thoughtform (egregore), ghost or demon that was created by events in which extreme physical/emotional stress/trauma has taken place, have been purposefully summoned through black magic or other occult practices, or are creatures who exist (more…)

Battery + Spooks = No Juice

by on 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…)

The Schizoid Man: Understanding Schizophrenia

by on July 26th, 2010

Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that makes it difficult to tell the difference between real and unreal experiences, to think logically, to have normal emotional responses, and to behave normally in social situations.

Schizophrenics may have a variety of symptoms. Usually the illness develops slowly over months or even years. At first, the symptoms may not be noticeable. For example, you may feel tense, or have trouble sleeping or concentrating. You can become isolated and withdrawn, and have trouble making or keeping friends.

As the illness continues, psychotic symptoms develop:

An appearance or mood that shows no emotion (flat affect)
Bizarre motor behavior in which there is less reaction to the environment (catatonic behavior)
False beliefs or thoughts that have nothing to do with reality (delusions)
Hearing, seeing, or feeling things that are not there (hallucinations)
Thoughts “jump” between unrelated topics (more…)

White Noise: They Can’t All Be Anna

by on July 24th, 2010

White noise is a random signal (or process) with a flat power spectral density. In other words, the signal contains equal power within a fixed bandwidth at any center frequency. White noise draws its name from white light in which the power spectral density of the light is distributed over the visible band in such a way that the eye’s three color receptors (cones) are approximately equally stimulated.

Electronic voice phenomena is one of the most fascinating areas of paranormal research. Human-sounding voices of unknown origin are recorded on electronic media such  as tape recorders, digital voice recorders, video recorders,etc. The voices are not heard at the time of the recording; it is only when the recording is played back (more…)

Stupidity Thy Name is Ouija

by on July 22nd, 2010

The word Ouija comes from the French “oui” and German “ja” also known as a spirit board or talking board. It is a flat board marked with letters, numbers, and other symbols, used to communicate with spirits. It uses a planchette, a small heart-shaped object, or movable indicator to indicate the spirit’s message by spelling it out on the board during a séance. The fingers of those participating are placed on the planchette which moves about the board to spell out messages.

Following its commercial introduction by William Fuld in the late 1890s, the Ouija board was regarded as a harmless parlor game unrelated to the occult until Spiritualist Pearl Curran popularized its use as a divination tool during the first (more…)