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Paranormal Conspiracy Theory (2008)

Confessions Of A Real Ghost Hunter: Part 3


by The Ghost Man

I believe more investigators should go out and investigate the many paranormal investigators claims and cases. I think in a way this form of self policing is not just to prove that their findings were correct but just to discover if any underlying Conspiracy's are actually afoot.

Artwork Ricardo Pustanio


I am always to too skeptical of late. I have had my share of paranormal discoveries and big misses. I have talked to ghosts through EVP's and collected photos, film and written testimonies and have mountains of what I call evidence. I have heard all, the terryifying stories the truths of what the dead have done to the living. And the lies that haunted and those that hunt them. I am beginning to think it is all a Conspiracy of the Paranormal kind. Don't you?

I once hunted ghosts as all of you do. written a few things, filmed a few things. And most of all gotten numb to all the ghosts in my life i believe this is the 7 or 8th time around (It could be more). When this happens I always feel it's time to shake up the community and see who is awake, and looking for the real ghost hunting deal.

You want the truth don't you? You honestly want to know what your doing wrong but don't want to admit that someone is more well respected or liked in the community more then you are? Well that's why I am staying anonymous to you all for now, because, "this is your wake up call!"

As a real Paranormal Investigator I want to make my mark on the world. Onthose that are beyond me and on those that follow. I want to to set the stards that changes what we do. Am I a real paranormal conspiritor?

When is a real ghost not a real ghost?

A paranormal conspiracy theory attributes the ultimate cause of an event or chain of events (usually political, social or historical haunted events), or the concealment of Ghost or haunted activity such causes from public knowledge, to a secret, and often deceptive plot by a group of powerful or influential people or organizations.

Many conspiracy theories state that major events in history have been dominated by conspirators who manipulate political happenings from behind the scenes. Could this be what is going b hind the scenes of many of the notable cases dealing with ghosts, and prove they actually do exist? The term "paranormal conspiracy theory" is frequently used by mainstream scholars and in popular culture to identify a type of haunted folklore similar to an urban legend that we investigate. Especially an explanatory narrative which is constructed with particular methodological flaws which our field to day is full of. The term is also used pejoratively to dismiss claims that are alleged by critics to be misconceived, paranoid, unfounded, outlandish, irrational, or otherwise unworthy of serious consideration There fore we as the paranormal investigators of our generation are making ourselves into this target.

Many believe that groups of uninformed or novice Ghost Hunters, or those that claim to be researchers to phenomena and such activities. Well are actually making up hauntings or leading the public astray just to gain personal notirioty. Is it the tuth?

Yes I'd say it's more then very true. I have seen Paranormal Investigators actually change local history and urban legends just to produce the supposed or supported evidence they need to prove their case. Or boost their own popularity. From doctored photos of ghosts and appritions, to faked video and EVP's. Many people and paramormal uscrupolous groups do it all the time. At least thats what the general concenus is amongst us tried and true die hards. You might ask why these frauds or Dis-information ghost stories and evidence are perpertraited. As P.T Barnum stated theirs a sucker born every minute. Your probally saying I'm not in that group... or hey thats not me!

Some memebers of our haunted comunity love to be in the spotlight. we all know that as a fact. because thats where the moey is. Selling your books and being in demand. Or could it be nothing more then just to be the talk of the internet.And the gossip at paranormal conventions.

You might go sa far as writing stories of your own personal adventures and the horrific encounters you have personally had. But when researchers such as my self begiin to dig into your false evidence it all seems to fall apart. Am I talking about you are somone else?

I must state a very important point here: I am am not the Paranormal Police or the Paranormal Ghosts Zones judge and jury. But I as many others in the field who work hard at investigating ghosts have started investigating others claims. This I believe is a need to be done deal. And I hope others are investigating my works to keep me on the up and up also! So don't take what I am saying personally unless your that perason or group who needs the ghost scared out of them.

I recently investigated a well known Ghost Hunters groups from the East Coast. Their private haunted investigation documentaion and the property were opened to me alone unbeknownst to the group before I investigated them openly. Well I can tell you all first hand now first hand. Interviewing everyone from the lead investigator to the client. Their stories all fell apart from what the resident groups writer had posted on several web sites about what really occured. And this is not the first case as such that I was called in to scrutinize. Everything pointed to the writer as pumping up the case and even going so far to go on internet radio to boast the groups claims of actual evidence that this person was haunted to the extreme.


The truth did come out but few know that this person has lied about the info just to get himself then his group some national intrest. And all those in the group swore what they read was true. I watched hours of video and heard miles of taped EVP"s nothing matched up. The biggest problem today is we need to give full copies of documentaion to our very haunted and non haunted clients.

How easy is it today in this world of instant media to go out and make a name for yourself in the paranormal coumunity. How many Paranormal investigators are really dedicated to proving what many so open claims is the unprovable. Hauntings do happen worldwide but in my oppinion, Hauntings effect those involved. Not the paranormal Investigator who should just be their to document it. I am not saying you will not be affected just you should just be there as an observer for how ever long it takes.

When will these ghost haunted writiers and would be future paranormal investigative stars realize that what they are involved with is not all about them. I love the ghosts hunters who are always looking to make a buck off what they do. Someone writing you a check in a large amount just to drop the book your working on just to investigate their home. Or th ghost hunter who collects dues from his group and pockts them. What about the ghost hunter who sells you a piece of paper say you are certified by them to hunt ghots correctly. Well that doen't mean they are corrupt unless you don't follow their rules. Know one person knows how to ghost hunt the right way or the wrong way. So pay me and I will teach you all my trade secrets to find real ghosts and show the world all the proof they need to know you are the man or woman or ghost hunting group that found, and made the whole world believe in ghosts. And tell you all my truths and lies.

Pay me I hunt For Ghosts and I am the real deal!

Testing the validity of paranormal conspiracy theories

Perhaps the most contentious aspect of a paranormal conspiracy theory is the problem of settling a particular theory's truth to the satisfaction of both its proponents and its opponents. Particular accusations of conspiracy vary widely in their plausibility, but some common standards for assessing their likely truth value may be applied in each case.

Paranormal workshops at least the really large to small blow my mind. People go to buy cheap gear. get an autograph, a new book see a film, talk to their paranormal gods. But why is it we the real paranormal people might only draw a crowd of 80- 100 and those plumbers on TV get crowds over 1000. They get paid thousands to be in attendence. The know as much as the average beginer in the feild. Yet salted vets like us who have paved the way for them just sit here. Afraid, questioned, and in the spotlight. At a really small turn out and a chance to go in debt over the cost of it all?

Well the answer is we believe in what we are doing and our cause is the same. I get pleasure out of the fact that when I am invited to speak at a small convention. That a single person presnt is enough to tell me I have connected with a single soul who believe me. Issn't that what it is all about?

I hate the gangs at Workshops, Seminars and Conventions about ghosts. The groups the T-Shirts it's like West Side Story and the Nazi Regime rolled into one. I actually hate the radio people who ask me the same stupid questions over and over. And why does everyone where black? Did somebody not clue me in and tell me their was a uniform we had to wear? Why can't I be like the plumbers every week? And just say well because I say so! And just tell all these people. Hey! Come as you are!

It's because I am the head of a Conspiricy! Yes I am truly honesty and infatically 100% really at the head of it.

All paranormal investigation proof lies soley on the proof brought forth by a persons personal experiences. And lies, Hoax's and fraudulent claims are perhaps something that helps them with their own ego's. My ego says conspire to be myself and those that follow will. So whats your personal "Conspiricy" Ghost Hunter?

Occam's razor - is the alternative story more complicated and therefore less probable than the mainstream story? Occam's razor (sometimes spelled Ockham's razor) is a principle attributed to the 14th-century English logician and Franciscan friar, William of Ockham. The principle states that the explanation of any phenomenon should make as few assumptions as possible, eliminating those that make no difference in the observable predictions of the explanatory hypothesis or theory. The principle is often expressed in Latin as the lex parsimoniae ("law of parsimony" or "law of succinctness"): "entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem", roughly translated as "entities must not be multiplied beyond necessity".

This is often paraphrased as "All other things being equal, the simplest solution is the best." In other words, when multiple competing theories are equal in other respects, the principle recommends selecting the theory that introduces the fewest assumptions and postulates the fewest entities. It is in this sense that Occam's razor is usually understood.

Originally a tenet of the reductionist philosophy of nominalism, it is more often taken today as an heuristic maxim (rule of thumb) that advises economy, parsimony, or simplicity, often or especially in scientific theories.

Formal Paranormal Logic - Do the proofs offered follow the rules of normal everday logic, or do they employ Fallacies of logic? Formal logic is the study of inference with purely formal content, where that content is made explicit. (An inference possesses a purely formal content if it can be expressed as a particular application of a wholly abstract rule, that is, a rule that is not about any particular thing or property. The works of Aristotle contain the earliest known formal study of logic, which were incorporated in the late nineteenth century into modern formal logic. In many definitions of logic, logical inference and inference with purely formal content are the same. This does not render the notion of informal logic vacuous, because no formal logic captures all of the nuance of natural language.)

"Formal logic" is often used as a synonym for symbolic logic, where informal logic is then understood to mean any logical investigation that does not involve symbolic abstraction; it is this sense of 'formal' that is parallel to the received usages coming from "formal languages" or "formal theory". In the broader sense, however, formal logic is old, dating back more than two millennia, while symbolic logic is comparatively new, only about a century old.

Paranormal Methodology - are the proofs offered for the argument well constructed, i.e., using sound methodology? Is there any clear standard to determine what evidence would prove or disprove the theory? Form is central to logic. It complicates exposition that 'formal' in "formal logic" is commonly used in an ambiguous manner.

Symbolic logic is just one kind of formal logic, and is distinguished from another kind of formal logic, traditional Aristotelian syllogistic logic, which deals solely with categorical propositions. Symbolic logic is the study of symbolic abstractions that capture the formal features of logical inference. Symbolic logic is often divided into two branches, propositional logic and predicate logic.

Informal logic is the study of natural language arguments. The study of fallacies is an especially important branch of informal logic. The dialogues of Plato are a good example of informal logic.

Mathematical logic is an extension of symbolic logic into other areas, in particular to the study of model theory, proof theory, set theory, and recursion theory.

Paranormal Consistency, soundness, and completeness

Among the valuable properties that logical systems can have are:

Consistency, which means that none of the theorems of the system contradict one another.
Soundness, which means that the system's rules of proof will never allow a false inference from a true premise. If a system is sound and its axioms are true then its theorems are also guaranteed to be true.

Completeness, which means that there are no true sentences in the system that cannot, at least in principle, be proved in the system.

Not all systems achieve all three virtues. The work of Kurt Gödel has shown that no useful system of arithmetic can be both consistent and complete: see Gödel's incompleteness theorems.

Paranormal Rival conceptions of logic

Paranormal Logic arose from a concern with correctness of argumentation. Modern logicians usually wish to ensure that logic studies just those arguments that arise from appropriately general forms of inference; so for example the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy says of logic that it "does not, however, cover good reasoning as a whole. That is the job of the theory of rationality. Rather it deals with inferences whose validity can be traced back to the formal features of the representations that are involved in that inference, be they linguistic, mental, or other representations" (Hofweber 2004).

By contrast, Immanuel Kant argued that logic should be conceived as the science of judgment, an idea taken up in Gottlob Frege's logical and philosophical work, where thought (German: Gedanke) is substituted for judgement (German: Urteil). On this conception, the valid inferences of logic follow from the structural features of judgements or thoughts.

Paranormal Deductive And Inductive Reasoning

Paranormal Deductive reasoning concerns what follows necessarily from given premises. However, inductive reasoning—the process of deriving a reliable generalization from observations—has sometimes been included in the study of logic. Correspondingly, we must distinguish between deductive validity and inductive validity (called "cogency"). An inference is deductively valid if and only if there is no possible situation in which all the premises are true and the conclusion false. The notion of deductive validity can be rigorously stated for systems of formal logic in terms of the well-understood notions of semantics. Inductive validity on the other hand requires us to define a reliable generalization of some set of observations. The task of providing this definition may be approached in various ways, some less formal than others; some of these definitions may use mathematical models of probability. For the most part this discussion of logic deals only with deductive logic. Deductive argument follows the pattern of a general premise to a particular one, there is a very strong relationship between the premise and the conclusion of the argument.

Paranormal Whistleblowers - how many people — and what kind — have to be loyal conspirators?

Falsifiability - Is it possible to demonstrate that specific claims of the theory are true, or are they "unfalseifiable"? A whistleblower is an employee, former employee, or member of an organization, especially a business or government agency, who reports misconduct to people or entities that have the power and presumed willingness to take corrective action. The misconduct may be a violation of a law, rule, regulation and/or a direct threat to public interest, such as fraud, health/safety violations, and corruption. One famous whistleblower is Jeffrey Wigand, who exposed the Big Tobacco scandal, revealing that executives of the companies knew that cigarettes were addictive and approved the addition of carcinogenic ingredients to the cigarettes. Wigand's story was the basis for the 1999 movie The Insider. Dr. Frederic Whitehurst exposed irregularities at the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Crime Lab. In Europe, Paul van Buitenen exposed irregularities in the European Commission.

The US academic Noam Chomsky contrasts conspiracy theory as more or less the opposite of institutional analysis, which focuses mostly on the public, long-term behaviour of publicly known institutions, as recorded in, e.g. scholarly documents or mainstream media reports, rather than secretive coalitions of individuals.


About The Ghost Man

Known very well in the inner circle of international Ghost Hunters The Ghost man is a leading investigator in the field. He has hunted for ghosts and all that is paranormal for over 35 years. Many seek his input on specific hauntings and paranormal manifestations.

Publicly he does not wish to be known to the general public for he wishes no attention to be drawn to himself, or to reap any benefits by use of his name or likeness. The Ghost Man has been a consultant on many documentaries, books and articles for many years.

He might seem like a myth or as a ghost in the night but his work and status amongst those who are in the field set their standards by him. The Ghost Man will continue to write exclusive articles for Haunted America Tours in the future. We hope those of you who read this article will respect his wishes for anonymity. And those of you who are reading this who know who he is he thanks you for not giving away his Identity.

Also see: Confessions of a Real Ghost Hunter: Part 2

“Friends don’t let Friends Ghost Hunt Alone.”


Gina Lanier

Also read: Is It Really Paranormal? Questioning The Unknown Side Of Ghosts And Demonic Possession - With tales of being raped or beaten by ghosts, to stories of even a ghost giving a person a loan of some cash. I ask myself do these things really happen? -- Ginalanier.com