Proving the paranormal! A fools quest?
Is it possible to prove the paranormal, and the existence of ghosts? Can it be demonstrated scientifically that the spirit or personality of a person transcends death? Is it possible to prove, even to the most ardent skeptics or perhaps even to an open-minded skeptic that ghosts are real and do exist? To be perfectly honest, I don't know if it is possible to prove, in any sort scientific manner the reality of the supernatural and paranormal. It may be possible to prove by a preponderance of the evidence that ghosts are real. Proof that may be acceptable in a court of law, proof that may even be beyond a reasonable doubt, proof that might convince the majority of people and perhaps even the majority of scientists that the paranormal is the normal. It may be possible to proof the existence of ghosts, but it will always be impossible to prove that they do not exist. The burden of proof does, in my opinion ride on the believers, not on the skeptics.
Paranormal investigators rely on a number of scientific instruments in their quest to document and provide evidence of the paranormal. Some of the instrumentation they rely on and use in their investigations are common and some, not so common. The following list includes most, but I am sure not all, of the items used by most paranormal researchers. I am not a paranormal researcher myself, therefore this list may be incomplete, there may be other instruments used that I am not aware of. If you are a paranormal investigator and know of other instrumentation that is used in this type of investigation, I would appreciate your contacting me, and let know about it and what it is and what it does.
- Digital cameras
- Digital and analog voice recorders
- Digital and analog camcorder's
- Infrared Illuminators
- EM meters
- Probe type thermometers
- Infra Red cameras (FLIR)
- Full spectrum cameras
- K-II meters
- Night vision goggles and scopes
- Geiger counters
Even with all this instrumentation at their disposal and with many years of researching the paranormal, not one irrefutable piece of evidence has ever been put forward, that one piece of evidence that proves conclusively the existence of ghosts or any other paranormal phenomena. Does that mean it is impossible to prove the paranormal? I don't think so! If the paranormal is real and ghosts really do exist then I believe that it is possible to prove, prove in a way that would convince even the most ardent skeptics and scientists that the paranormal is real. But I sincerely believe that the ghost hunters or investigators must make some very basic changes in their approach to their investigations of the paranormal.
By Martin Burns