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In our lives we learn many things day by day second by second. You learn about the normal world and you also learn about it's paranormal side. What was real yesterday is not today. I don't mean to get philosophical here but there is something we all need to come upon to change us. But what we all want is some type of paranormal understanding or experience that makes all the world know we finally have the proof. And real solid guide lines of what is real normal and what is not. Actually really 100% paranormal.
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PARANORMAL PHENOMENA ~
Paranormal is a general term that describes unusual experiences that supposedly lack a scientific explanation, or phenomena alleged to be outside of science's current ability to explain or measure. In parapsychology, it has, in the past, been used to describe the supposed phenomena of extra-sensory perception, including telepathy, and psychokinesis, ghosts, and hauntings. The term is also applied to UFOs, some creatures that fall under the scope of cryptozoology, purported phenomena surrounding the Bermuda Triangle, and other non-psychic subjects. Stories relating to paranormal phenomena are found in popular culture and folklore, but the scientific community, as referenced in statements made by organization such as the United States National Science Foundation, contends that scientific evidence does not support paranormal beliefs.
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Approaching the paranormal from a research perspective is often difficult because of the lack of acceptance of the physical reality of most of the purported phenomena. By definition, the paranormal does not conform to conventional expectations of the natural. Despite this challenge, studies on the paranormal are periodically conducted by researchers all from various disciplines. Some researchers study just the beliefs in the paranormal regardless of whether the phenomena are considered to objectively exist. This section deals with various approaches to the paranormal: anecdotal, experimental, and participant-observer approaches, the skeptical investigation approach and the survey approach.
PARANORMAL ANOMALIST ~ Anomalistics works on the premise that paranormal phenomena may be hoaxes, understood within current scientific models, or else be rationalized using an as yet unexplored avenue of science.
PARANOMAL EGO ~ The fact that you might even have one is a frightening aspect. Imagine an ego that is blown out of proportion. And that's a paranormal parody in itself. Paranormal ego can also relate to paranormal bullies or an actual a bullying ghost itself.
PARANORMAL WEB SITE ~ A web site that hosts articles, info on paranormal subjects.
PARANOMAL PROFESSIONAL ~ Someone of well noted reputation and fame in the field of paranormal research investigation and research. This is the person who's final word on a subject of paranormal truths is accepted as the only belief to have and respect.
PARANORMAL GROUPS ~ People who come together to study research debunk and scrutinize if a location place or thing is truly haunted by a paranormal activity as such. Groups can be as small as 2 people and as large as 1000.
PARANORMAL DVD ~ A DVD that documents paranormal activities of any type. And can also refer to a DVD that is actually under the manipulation of some unseen paranormal force.
PARANORMAL POSSESSION ~ This is when someone displays evidence or activity of being possessed by a paranormal form. Usually refers to demonic possession but can relate to ghosts and other entities as well.
PARANORMAL REPORTER ~ Someone who reports real or thought as paranormal news, articles or paranormal activity to others such in News Papers, Web sites or by email.
PARANORMAL BLOGS ~ This is where people type out their opinions on what is or is not haunted. Some blog's referring to the paranormal might praise someone of ill repute where another calls it like it is or isn't.
PARANORMAL ACTIVIST ~ Someone who goes out to stand behind their chosen method or specific equipment or methods and rallies other to follow suit. Can also refer to a person who is et on setting precedents or cause into motion.
PARANORMAL TALK POD SHOWS AND PARARNORMAL RADIO ~ Actual broad cast of any type that promote paranormal authors, groups phenomena, individuals paranormal experiences and beliefs.
PARANORMAL WHISTLE BLOWER ~ Someone who goes out of their way to disprove the claims of those that research paranormal phenomena.
PARANORMAL PLAGERIST ~ Someone who claims a ghost photo or paranormal images, web site info, results from tests, documentation articles stories and all that is called such as their own creations and works.
PARANROMAL FABRICATION ~ The actual making up of paranormal activity hoaxes or items to fool the paranormal community.
PARANORMAL COMMUNITY ~The collective sum of all those individuals that seek out paranormal evidence to either study research and even debunk. This also can apply to those who are just curios or seek info for a project or writing production endeavors.
PARANORMAL INVESTIGATOR ~ This is someone who explores researches and studies paranormal phenomena.
PARANORMAL PERSPECTIVE ~ This is what you do and do not believe. The way you look and understand what ghosts or paranormal exploration is all about.
THE GREAT PARANORMAL CHALLENGE ~ Usually denotes the first time awareness of paranormal events in your life. But it can also reflect the thoughts and understanding of discerning what is normal and what is not. In reality it is a questioning of your sanity. They were the first paranormal encounter with a ghost or the walking dead you really learn what "Boo!" really does mean.
PARANORMAL CELEBRITY ~ SOMEONE FROM THE AREA OF PARANORMAL RESEARCH AND INVESTIGATION THAT HAS GROWN IN POPULARITY AND FAME THAT ALL OTHERS WANT TO BE LIKE OR HOLD AS AN ICON IN THE FIELD.
BIG BROTHER PARANORMAL ~ The acceptance that we as individuals believe that we are surrounded by some unseen un- physical world where the dead live in a dimensional rift between us and them. And to know they are watching us as we are watching for them. Boo! Who's watching you do what you do? Who?
PARANORMAL WARS ~ The fact that you have to fight tooth and nail to get people to believe what you see is real. The more people believe you the more they build a bas of acceptance in your ideas. But what about the people that think your wrong in your assumptions. This is where the actual battle begins. Taking ground and to what extent.
I have seen the real ghost Wars where paranormal groups and teams have divided their camps and call each other names and threats of law suits and the cops are called. Well it happens then we try to bury it and the reminders the hurt, the loss, the victory captured haunts you day after day until you get to the point where like a ghost you say Booo! And, but add a ...hoo!
PARANORMAL BULLY ~ A person or even a ghost who wants you to see things their way and their way only. Someone who makes you write bad checks and steals your fame or your reputation. Paranormal bullies can even be people who say if your on that blog or web site then you can't be on mine or mine on yours.
PARANORMAL CRYBABIES ~ We all know one and might even be one. The decision is truly yours as much as it is to believe all that you see and read. A paranormal Cry Baby is someone who will fall to pieces if something is just not so.
The Paranormal Wars can also relate directly to ratings and popularity of groups and television shows such as these. :
PARANORMAL VIDEO ~ Any images of cryptids or ghost pr paranormal phenomena captured on tape or digital recording material.
PARANORMAL JUNKIE ~ Someone who makes all the paranormal conventions and everyone in the field knows their name. Not to be confused with a Paranormal Whore or a Paranormal Groupie. Though it could be likened to a Paranormal Slut. None of these names or meant or implied in a derogatory way though. Variations can be Ghost slut, UFO Nut or Bigfoot sniffer.
PARANORMAL SURVIVOR~ Someone who says or believes they personally survived a extreme paranormal experience. Such as a possession or poltergeist or possibly something un worldly.
PARANORMAL DREAMS ~ Where do your aspirations take you? Perhaps to Hollywood's walk of shame and fame. Or do you sit there in a bitter haunted nightmare screaming in a ghost filled pit of pure hell. We all should make a plan a goal and stick to it.
PARANORMAL EXTREME ~ A paranormal phenomena that rocks your world.
PARANORMAL PERSON ~ A person who explores, investigates and hunts for paranormal activities and studies them. A paranormal effected person also applies here. That is someone who is a victim of a real haunting or witness to paranormal activity first hand.
PARANORMAL CLASSICS ~ Do you remember the good old days when paranormal investigation with just you and a friend or too was fun? Remember how it felt be so scared you were afraid to shit on yourself? Well that was then and this now. Get over it enjoy the memory but don't let those ghosts of days gone by good or bad haunt you. Move on make no amends.
PARANORMAL INSPIRED ~ there are people out there everywhere that see things learn things understand things just because they saw heard or witnessed something. The moment is an awakening like no other.
PARANORMAL CONTROL ~ Being under the control of a paranormal activity, entity or force. It can also refer to control as in controlled experiment.
PARANORMAL PLAYER ~ Someone that goes to paranormal events and group meetings just to procure personal or sexual relationships and is only or maybe not interested in paranormal phenomena for a dating pool.
PARANORMAL ROMANCE NOVELS ~Written Fictions geared to romance and the paranormal. Basically realistic portraits of romantic and sexual encounters with real ghosts, Vampires, zombies witches bigfoot Elchupacabra.
PARANORMAL SLUT ~ Someone who cannot get enough about the paranormal. They want more more more. Not meant in a derogatory way.
PARANORMAL KNOW IT ALL ~ Someone that openly states answers for any paranormal experience or phenomena.
PARABNORMAL CRIMINALS ~ People who cheat you, lie to you, take your money, your proof your life, your value and make you feel like well you know... like a Paranormal Shit! F For a tarter.... you know ...Those guys. The ones that never have anything bad happen to them and criticize all those that they think are not on the up and up.
PARANORMAL VICTIMS ~ Those of us that suffer at the hands of paranormal forces and act ivies that drive us to the point of insanity.
The term Paranormal Victims are also those that can't take the heat from direct criticisms and tend to say I'm packing up my toys and going home just because some makes a critical review or open blog or statement about them or their documentation and research as being bogus or inferior in quality. And these are usually the people who want everyone to jump on their side and follow them.
PARANOMRAL POPULARITY ~ Usually this is associated with the fame and celebrity status many get just because they say they saw a ghost and have photographic proof or EVP's to prove it. It also refers to how many enemies and detractors you make along the way. With the good always comes the bad. Some call it the law of Paranormal Karma.
PARANORMAL KARMA ~ Good or bad it depends on what you put out there. Many people make other people blow a gasket just because they see someone else getting paranormal attention or Paranormal recognition. If they deserve it, then it is good Paranormal Karma. And then again if they are bashed and belittled it is bad Paranormal Karma. Many call this Paranormal Ying And Yang.
PARANORMAL CONTORVERSY ~ WHERE DO YOU BEGIN. IS IT REAL OR NOT? Too many people take them selves and their beliefs to seriously. Many do not believe that standing behind your convictions does at times matter. The more publicity a idea or documented paranormal subject gets the more it is drawn into the spot light. To many individuals usually fear the problems it causes and just disappear off the face of the internet in fear that someone has it out for them.
PARANORMAL PUBLICITY ~ Newspaper print articles people talking about you on chats and in blogs. Not all the things they say about you your group or your ideas may be true, or putting you over in a good light. Not everyone likes everyone else and so is the rule of thumb as they say. But it generates interest and those with any sense will seek you out no matter how good or bad the press or media about you is and usually decide for them selves. but first it takes getting noticed in the paranormal community for this to occur.
PARANORMAL PHOTOGRAPHY ~ The actual photographing process of ghost and cryptids and all things considered or deemed paranormal as being not normal in photographic anomalies.
PARANORMAL GAMES ~ Today many Video games are considered paranormal in nature or there by themes. these are call Paranormal based Games.
Paranormal Games may also refer to a ghost or a cryptids toying or playing with you in some form or fashion. ghost flickering lights and answering questions, strange sounds and raps to your questions in as being answered by such.
PARANORMAL FEARS ~ the things that you personally fear in the exploration of the paranormal realm that you personally investigate. the fears are always real and can range from that of seeing a ghost or fearing that they will do you harm in some form or fashion. the same applies to cryptids and all that is considered anomalous or other worldly that might frighten an individual to any extent.
PARANORMAL BASHER ~ Someone who goes out their way and usually does not have a point except they are right and you are wrong. These people usually try to raise the flag on destroying ones reputation in the field and community.
PARANORMAL GHOST TOUR ~ A ghost tour that usually does more then just tell ghost stories. Usually a tour associated with an active ghost hunt, paranormal research or activity.
PARANORMAL CAR ~ Actual vehicle or mode of transportation that is either haunted by paranormal activities or urban legend of such.
PARANORMAL FURNITURE ~ Paranormal attributes or activities associated with home or out door furniture. Haunted beds, Chairs, TVs and computers. etc's....
PARANORMAL TOYS ~ Can refer to haunted children's toys, haunted dolls cars, teddy bears etc's. Can also refer to equipment as KII meters, Olivus, EMF meters and Cameras... etc's.
PARANORMAL SERIAL KILLERS ~ The supposed or real ghost of actual dead Serial Killers.
PARANORMAL SENSES ~ The heightened level of the five senses, Hearing seeing touching feeling smelling real paranormal activity.
PARANORMAL CLAIRVOYANCE ~ Heightened actual awareness of a psychic or medium who can detect or communicate with unseen paranormal phenomena or is aware of it before it happens . also refers to ESP.
PARANORMAL PRETENDERS ~ Individuals that openly commit or try to deceive others with a hoax or contrived paranormal documenting. Take for example the many fake ghost photos that many sites report as real. A paranormal pretender can also be a person who not only makes false claims of strange of supernatural abilities or powers, but also someone that pretends to be a paranormal investigator.
PARANORMAL LOCATION ~ A place anywhere in the world where paranormal activity is seen heard or documented.
PARANORMAL HOTSPOT ~ A location that seem to have active paranormal or supernatural phenomena or activity on a daily or regular basis. As well as new activity becoming more apparent in frequency.
PARANORMAL CON ARTIST ~ Any type of Con Artist are those that prey on the unsuspecting. Paranormal con Artist or those that prey on Paranormal serious minded individuals and take or grIft them for their money. They may make false claims to get you to buy a piece of equipment or a supposed paranormal or haunted item that in truth is not.
PARANORMAL ITEMS ~ Can refer to paranormal equipment as well as haunted items such a real haunted dolls, paintings, statues etc..
While the validity of the existence of paranormal phenomena is controversial and debated passionately by both proponents of the paranormal and by skeptics, surveys are useful in determining the beliefs of people in regards to paranormal phenomena. These opinions, while not constituting scientific evidence for or against, may give an indication of the mindset of a certain portion of the population (at least among those who answered the polls).
One survey of the beliefs of the general United States population regarding paranormal topics was conducted by the Gallup Organization in 2005.The survey found that 73 percent of those polled believed in at least one of the ten paranormal items presented in the survey. The ten items included in the survey were: Extrasensory perception (41% held this belief), haunted houses (37%), ghosts (32%), telepathy (31%), clairvoyance (26%), astrology (25%), communication with the dead (21%), witches (21%), reincarnation (20%), and channeling spiritual entities (9%). These items were selected as they "require the belief that humans have more than the 'normal' five senses." Only one percent of respondents believed in all ten items.
Another survey conducted in 2006 by researchers from Australia's Monash University sought to determine what types of phenomena people claim to have experienced and the effects these experiences have had on their lives. The study was conducted as an online survey with over 2,000 respondents from around the world participating. The results revealed that around 70% of the respondents believe to have had an unexplained paranormal event that changed their life, mostly in a positive way. About 70% also claimed to have seen, heard, or been touched by an animal or person that they knew was not there; 80% have reported having a premonition, and almost 50% stated they recalled a previous life.
Other surveys by different organizations at different times have found very similar results. A 2001 Gallup Poll found that the general public embraced the following: 54% of people believed in psychic/spiritual healing, 42% believed in haunted houses, 41% believed in satanic possession, 36% in telepathy, 25% in reincarnation, and 15% in channeling. A survey by Jeffrey S. Levin, associate professor at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk found that over 2/3 of the U.S. population reported having at least one mystical experience.
A 1996 Gallup poll estimated that 71% of the people in the United States believed that the government was covering up information about UFOs. A 2002 Roper poll conducted for the Sci Fi now SCFY channel reported that 56% thought UFOs were real craft and 48% that aliens had visited the Earth.
A 2001 National Science Foundation survey found that 9 percent of people polled thought astrology was very scientific, and 31 percent thought it was somewhat scientific. About 32% of Americans surveyed stated that some numbers were lucky, while 46% of Europeans agreed with that claim. About 60% of all people polled believed in some form of Extra-sensory perception and 30% thought that "some of the unidentified flying objects that have been reported are really space vehicles from other civilizations."
This section explores the notable paranormal beliefs that appear in popular culture.
For believers, ghosts are generally seen to be the spirit or soul of a deceased person. Alternative theories expand on that idea and include belief in the ghosts of deceased animals. Sometimes the term "ghost" is used synonymously with any spirit or demon, however in popular usage the term typically refers to a deceased person.
The belief in ghosts as souls of the departed is closely tied to the concept of animism, an ancient belief which attributed souls to everything in nature. As the nineteenth-century anthropologist James Frazer explained in his classic work, The Golden Bough, souls were seen as the creature within that animated the body. Although the human soul was sometimes symbolically or literally depicted in ancient cultures as a bird or other animal, it was widely held that the soul was an exact reproduction of the body in every feature, even down to clothing the person wore. This is depicted in artwork from various ancient cultures, including such works as the Egyptian Book of the Dead, which shows deceased people in the afterlife appearing much as they did before death, including the style of dress.
A widespread belief concerning ghosts is that they are composed of a misty, airy, or subtle material. Anthropologists speculate that this may also stem from early beliefs that ghosts were the person within the person, most noticeable in ancient cultures as a person's breath, which upon exhaling in colder climates appears visibly as a white mist. This belief may have also fostered the metaphorical meaning of "breath" in certain languages, such as the Latin spiritus and the Greek pneuma, which by analogy became extended to mean the soul. In the Bible, God is depicted as animating Adam with a breath.
Numerous theories have been proposed by scientists to provide non-paranormal explanations for ghosts sightings. Although the evidence for ghosts is largely anecdotal, the belief in ghosts throughout history has remained widespread and persistent.
A 1952 photo of a purported UFO over Passaic, New Jersey.
Unidentified flying object
The possibility of extraterrestrial life is not, by itself, a paranormal subject. Many scientists are actively engaged in the search for unicellular life within the solar system, carrying out studies on the surface of Mars and examining meteors that have fallen to Earth. Projects such as SETI are conducting an astronomical search for radio activity that would show evidence of intelligent life outside the solar system. Scientific theories of how life developed on Earth allow for the possibility that life developed on other planets as well. The paranormal aspect of extraterrestrial life centers largely around the belief in unidentified flying objects and the phenomena said to be associated with them.
Early in the history of UFO culture, believers divided themselves into two camps. The first held a rather conservative view of the phenomena, interpreting it as unexplained occurrences that merited serious study. They began calling themselves "ufologists" in the 1950s and felt that logical analysis of sighting reports would validate the notion of extraterrestrial visitation.
The second camp consisted of individuals who coupled ideas of extraterrestrial visitation with beliefs from existing quasi-religious movements. These individuals typically were enthusiasts of occultism and the paranormal. Many had backgrounds as active Theosophists, Spiritualists, or were followers of other esoteric doctrines. In contemporary times, many of these beliefs have coalesced into New Age spiritual movements.
Both secular and spiritual believers describe UFOs as having abilities beyond what is considered possible according to aerodynamics and physical laws. The transitory events surrounding many UFO sightings also limits the opportunity for repeat testing required by the scientific method. Acceptance of UFO theories by the larger scientific community is further hindered by the many possible hoaxes associated with UFO culture.
In 1922, Scientific American offered two US $2,500 offers: (1) for the first authentic spirit photograph made under test conditions, and (2) for the first psychic to produce a "visible psychic manifestation." Harry Houdini was a member of the investigating committee. The first medium to be tested was George Valiantine, who claimed that in his presence spirits would speak through a trumpet that floated around a darkened room. For the test, Valiantine was placed in a room, the lights were extinguished, but unbeknownst to him his chair had been rigged to light a signal in an adjoining room if he ever left his seat. Because the light signals were tripped during his performance, Valiantine did not collect the award. The last to be examined by Scientific American was Mina Crandon in 1924.
Since then, many individuals and groups have offered similar monetary awards for proof of the paranormal in an observed setting. These prizes have a combined value of over $2.4 million dollars.
The James Randi Educational Foundation offers a prize of a million dollars to a person who can prove that they have supernatural or paranormal abilities under appropriate test conditions. No famous psychic has gone through with taking the challenge.
Since then, many individuals and groups have offered similar monetary awards for proof of the paranormal in an observed setting. These prizes have a combined value of over $2.4 million dollars. As of June 2009[update], none of the prizes have been claimed.
The word “paranormal” has been in the English language since at least 1920. It consists of two parts: para and normal. In most definitions of the word paranormal, it is described as anything that is beyond or contrary to what is deemed scientifically possible. The definition implies that the scientific explanation of the world around us is the 'normal' part of the word and 'para' makes up the above, beyond, beside, contrary, or against part of the meaning.
Para has a Greek and Latin origin. Its most common meaning (the Greek usage) is 'similar to' or 'near to', as in paragraph. In Latin, para means 'above,' against,' 'counter,' 'outside,' or 'beyond'. For example, parapluie in French means 'counter-rain' – an umbrella. It can be construed, then, that the term paranormal is derived from the Latin use of the prefix 'para', meaning 'against, counter, outside or beyond the norm.'
PARANORMAL AWARENESS ~ The knowing that something not normal is going on.
PARANORMAL ENABLERS ~ Individuals that paranormal activity seem to happen more often then when this individual is not present.
PARANORMAL MUSIC ~ Some actualluy have experienced hearing music being played at paranormal locations. And this can also relate to the use of EVP's or paranormal sounds in songs or recordings. Music is believed by many to be part of many hauntings. If a paranormal force does not like your choice of music it mmight just turn it off.
PARANORMAL EVENT ~ Something out of the normal scope of reality. Also can refer to a Paranormal workshop, seminar or convention.
PARANORMAL BURNOUT ~ when one loses there drive to research the world of paranormal claims.
PARANORMAL RELICS ~ Items from the past or of notable claims. Such as the crystal skull, John Dee's shew stone, crystal balls or items associated with paranormal celbrity individuals.
Paranormal relic evidence can also refer to relics from hoax's or locations or actual items used to commit a paranormal fraud.
PARANORMAL AUTHOR ~ Some one who writes books about the paranormal.
PARANORMAL GOLDEN RULE ~ "If you personally beleieve in what you experienced as a real true paranomrmal activity or event, then it must be true!"
PARANORMAL EQUIPMENT ~Actually just the tools of the trade :
Ghost hunters use a variety of tools and techniques to investigate alleged paranormal activity. While there is no universal acceptance among ghost hunters of the following methodologies, a number of these are commonly utilized by ghost hunting groups.
* Still and video photography - using infrared, digital, night vision, and even disposable film cameras to capture evidence of possible visual manifestations, such as orbs, mist, apparitions, and ectoplasm.
* EMF measurement - using EMF meters to detect possible unexplained magnetic fields which some attribute to the presence of ghosts and spirits, and at times used to spirit communication.
* Temperature measurement - using infrared, and thermographic camera, imaging video cameras, and/or hand-held infrared surface and ambient temperature sensors to detect changes in the environment, such as "cold spots", which some of us so do believe accompany paranormal activity.
* Digital and analog audio recording - to capture anomalous audio, including voices and sounds that may be interpreted as electronic voice phenomena, which groups such as the American Association of Electronic Voice Phenomena (AA-EVP) hypothesize are attempts at communication by paranormal entities.
* Geiger counter - to measure fluctuations in radiation which some[who?] believe will point to a disturbance in spirit energy.
* Ion Meters - to detect an excess of negative ions which some[who?] feel are associated with paranormal activity.
* Infrared and/or ultrasonic motion sensors - to detect possible anomalous movement within a given area, or to assist in creating a controlled environment where any human movement is detected.
* Air quality monitoring equipment - to assess the levels of gases such a carbon monoxide which are thought contribute to reports of paranormal activity. (Also see carbon monoxide poisoning).
* Infrasound monitoring equipment - to assess the level of sound vibrations below 20Hz which is thought to contribute to reports of paranormal activity.
* Dowsing rods - usually constructed of brass and bent into an L-shape, dowsing rods may be used by those who feel[who?] they help indicate the presence of ghosts and spirits.
* Psychics - trance mediums or "sensitive" individuals thought to have the ability to identify and make contact with spiritual entities. (This practice is considered controversial among groups that prefer a scientific approach)
* Demonologists, or Clergy Members - individuals who may say prayers, give blessings, or perform rituals for the purpose of cleansing a location of alleged ghosts, demons, poltergeists, or "negative energy". (Also considered controversial among groups that prefer a scientific approach)
* Lights-Out - According to ghost hunting enthusiast web sites, many ghost hunters prefer to conduct their investigations during "peak" evening hours (midnight to 4 a.m.) when most paranormal activity is said to occur. Some also experiment in wavelengths on the fringe of human vision including red and ultraviolet light.
* Interviews - to collect testimony and stories from witnesses, often compiled into a computer database for further study. Some groups around the world also research the history of a location in hopes of learning more about past events and individuals associated with the site.
PARANORMAL BOOKS ~ From e books to hard and soft bound writings about paranormal studies, fictions and romance novels that carry a paranormal theme.
Also a haunted book can refer to a book that is manipulated by a ghost or other paranormal means such as being possessed by demonic forces.
PARANORMAL GROUP HUNTS
Types of investigators and groups
Individuals engaged in ghost hunting and paranormal investigation proclaim varying motives for their activities.
* Some ghost hunters consider themselves hobbyists whose primary motivation is the excitement of the hunt and the thrill of possibly experiencing something supernatural. Many of these individuals enjoy spending significant time pursuing their hobby.
* Others consider themselves serious researchers who follow what they feel are scientific protocols and share documentation of their research with other groups in an effort to discover proof that ghosts exist. They often go about their pursuit in a prescribed manner in order to seek evidence of paranormal activity at a given location, or debunk "false positive" reports of hauntings. Many established groups fall into this category.
* Still others consider themselves to be providing a service, and focus their investigation on offering comfort and assistance to individuals who feel they are experiencing unexplained or paranormal activity at a home or other location. These investigators approach a location with the goal of alleviating the fear and discomfort of the occupants by listening to their experiences and providing advice and reassurance.
Ghost hunting organizations say that most groups are a mix of several differing outlooks and typically advertise their services online but do not charge for investigations in hopes of finding new and interesting places to explore.
PARANORMAL CRITICISM ~Criticism of hunting for ghosts or paranormal activity.
Ghost hunting is practiced by many paranormal investigation groups whose members sometimes promote their findings on the web as proof of hauntings. These findings are generally challenged by skeptics as wishful thinking, pareidolia or the product of scientifically unsound practices and beliefs. Critics question ghost-hunting's methodology, particularly its use of instrumentation, as there is no scientifically-proven link between the existence of ghosts and cold spots or electromagnetic fields. According to skeptical investigator Joe Nickell, the typical ghost hunter is practicing psuedoscience. There is also concern that members of ghost-hunting groups may inflate their qualifications.
An offshoot of ghost hunting is the commercial ghost tour conducted by a local guide or tour operator who is often a member of a local ghost hunting or paranormal investigation group. Since both tour operator and 'haunted' site owners share profits of such enterprises (admissions typically range between $50 and $500 per person), some believe the 'haunted' claims are exaggerated or fabricated in order to increase attendance. The city of Savannah, GA is said to be the US city with the most ghost tours having more than 39 as of 2009.
PARANORMAL READINGS ~ This can refer to EMF or temperture readings. It also can refer to a persons personal feelings as well.
PARANORMAL PARTICIPANT ~ Participant-observer approach
Ghost hunters taking an EMF reading which proponents say may show evidence of ghosts.
While parapsychologists look for quantitative evidence of the paranormal in laboratories, a great number of people immerse themselves in qualitative research through participant-observer approaches to the paranormal. Participant-observer methodologies have overlaps with other essentially qualitative approaches as well, including phenomenological research that seeks largely to describe subjects as they are experienced, rather than to explain them.
Participant-observation suggests that by immersing oneself in the subject being studied, a researcher is presumed to gain understanding of the subject. Criticisms of participant-observation as a data-gathering technique are similar to criticisms of other approaches to the paranormal, but also include an increased threat to the objectivity of the researcher, unsystematic gathering of data, reliance on subjective measurement, and possible observer effects (observation may distort the observed behavior). Specific data gathering methods, such as recording EMF readings at haunted locations have their own criticisms beyond those attributed to the participant-observation approach itself.
The participant-observer approach to the paranormal has gained increased visibility and popularity through reality-based television shows like Ghost Hunters, and the formation of independent ghost hunting groups which advocate immersive research at alleged paranormal locations. One popular web site for ghost hunting enthusiasts lists over 1500 of these organizations throughout the United States and the United Kingdom.
PARANORMAL SCIENTIFIC SKEPTICS ~ Scientific skeptics advocate critical investigation of claims of paranormal phenomena: applying the scientific method to reach a rational, scientific explanation of the phenomena to account for the paranormal claims, taking into account that alleged paranormal abilities and occurrences are sometimes hoaxes or misinterpretations of natural phenomena. A way of summarizing this method is by the application of Occam's razor, which suggests that the simplest solution is usually the correct one. The standard scientific models gives an explanation for what appears to be paranormal phenomena is usually a misinterpretation, misunderstanding, or anomalous variation of natural phenomena, rather than an actual paranormal phenomenon.
The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, formerly the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP), is an organization that aims to publicize the scientific, skeptical approach. It carries out investigations aimed at understanding paranormal reports in terms of scientific understanding, and publishes its results in its journal, the Skeptical Inquirer.
Former stage magician, James Randi, is a well-known investigator of paranormal claims and a prominent member of CSICOP. As an investigator with a background in illusion, Randi feels that the simplest explanation for those claiming paranormal abilities is often trickery, illustrated by demonstrating that the spoon bending abilities of psychic Uri Geller can easily be duplicated by trained magicians. He is also the founder of the James Randi Educational Foundation and its famous million dollar challenge offering a prize of US $1,000,000 to anyone who can demonstrate evidence of any paranormal, supernatural or occult power or event, under test conditions agreed to by both parties.
PARANORMAL PRACTICAL JOKER ~ Anyone living are dead person, entity or ghost that might pull tricks or practical jokes on the living to frighten them with real of hoaxed paranormal activity. This can also be a paranormal prankster, or in close circles a paranormal comedian.
PARANORMAL COMEDIANS ~ Those individuals that do comedy routines centered specifically on paranormal phenomena and activity.
PARANORMAL POSER ~ Someone who tries to pass themselves off as a paranormal expert in the field with no qualifications.
PARANORMAL CONVENTIONS ~ Held annually around the world showcasing featured paranormal celbrity guest. Seminars, workshops, conferences and meet groups. Bringing you hands on interaction with all the latest new gadgets, documention, books DVD's and all that your little paranomal heart could ponder for.
PARANORMAL ANTAGONIST ~ Someone who challenges you constantly in the fact that they do not believe you your proofs or your character. They consider you a paranormal loser for their own personal reasons. The person group or individuals will do anyhting to get your gost. They will resort to name calling and even scandolus acusations and provokings. Simply put: The paranormal protaganist is not the main character its the hero and an paranormal antaganist is the bad guy.
PARANORMAL ODORS ~ Smells that should not be associated with a specific location or person. Sweet sour or sickening odors that come out of no where associated with actual encouters with real Cryptids, Vampires, and ghosts.
PARANORMAL STALKER ~ Someone who stalks chats, blogs and radio talk sows about the paranormal and is out to get the host or someone else for either to set them off or hurt them or their reputation. A paranormal stalker might be following someone becase they feel the paranormal person they are after is their true love or enemy.
PARANORMAL PLUMBERS ~ A written or spoken reference about Jason Hawes Or Grant Wilson founders of TAPS.
PARANORMAL WANNABE ~ People who should not be out hunting ghosts or paranormal phenomena in the first place. Usually the person who is bored and tells their friends, hey, lets go look for ghost with no prior experience or knowledge except for what they have seen on televsison maybe once.
PARANORMAL MIRRORS ~ Mirrors that display paranormal properties such as the appearance of ghost in them or images other then what should be reflected back. Paranormal mirrors can display magical qualities also.
PARANORMAL LOVERS ~ This can relate to ghosts demons or forces seen or unseen that have sexual relations with an individual.
PARANORMAL THIEF ~ A paranormal force or entity that steals things from you. It can also relate to someone who steals from you under the premise of a paranormal investigation or by ripping you off on items or works of documentation.
PARANORMAL RANT ~ Basically someone going on in a blog or in person gripping about the paranormal community or individuals in it.
PARANORMAL SEXUAL ENCOUNTER ~ The physical sexual encounter or intercourse with a spirit or demonic form not excluding Bigfoot, El Chupacabra or any cryptid living or dead or by possession.
PARANORMAL FEAR ~ the fear of anything and everything that deals with paranormal activity.
PARANORMAL CREATURE ~ Cryptids fro example - Bigfoot, Nessie, El chupacabra and too many to list here.
PARANORMAL CLAIMS ~ Reports articles News that reports ACTUAL paranormal activity. Usually from a person who has witnessed such.
PARANORMAL ATRIBUTES ~ The activities associated with something that is not considered normal by day to day understandings of what is normal. This can also refer to actual activities as levitation or strange powers a person might possess. Also properties enhanced beyond normal levels of understanding.
PARANORMAL PAIN ~ A actual physical pain brought on by the effects of paranormal encounters or activity. scratched bitten punched or brutally beaten.
PARANORMAL FETISH ~ Can relate to actual sexual fetishes a ghost might have . This can range from haunting a person by sucking their toes as they sleep to a ghost that might steal certain items from individuals. A paranormal fetish can also relate to the study of paranormal activity to an excess.
PARANORMAL PREGNANCY ~ The either real or un real pregnancy one might experience and deem it paranormal in nature. From a virgin birth to your womb being haunted by a real ghost. Womb ghosts seem to be more apt to be those of dead lovers or aborted babies.
PARANORMAL HOURS ~ These are considered the best times to explore for paranormal activity. And usually the the hours from 10:PM to 6:AM with the high best time to make contact when hunting for real paranormal activity 12:AM - Midnight and 3:AM.
If you have something you would like to add to this overflowing list of real paranormal terms please email me I will be glad to add it post haste.
About Lisa Lee Harp Waugh
The American Necromancer
The first lady of conjuring the Dead. The ancient art of Necromancy is still alive today with Waugh at it's main investigator. LISA LEE HARP WAUGH Is a necromancer in the 21st century. She is by what may call a real conduit to the world of the dead. She dressers in ceremonial robes, draws magical circles on the floor and commands spirits from Heaven, Hell and all places in between to appear before her and communicate with the living. As a teenager she studied heavily The Black Arts by Richard Cavendish and The Grand Grimoire by A.E Waite, the Malleus Maleficarum and anything she could get her hands on by the great by Eliphas Levi, John Dee and the great beast, Aleister Crowley. www.ghosthuntersofamerica.com
A professional Necromancer and founder of the Sorcerers and Necromancer Guild of greater Houston, Texas. Waugh has been practicing and conducting rituals for many paranormal investigators for over 20 years. Waugh also paints many spiritual and common murals and lives in a small Texas town with her three dogs. She also over the years makes ceremonial candles and is active in ghost hunting in the deep South. Summoning the dead to communicate with the living is a natural daily occurrence for Waugh. "I have been doing this since I was a child." " When I lived in Galveston, Texas about 15 years ago, I was introduced to the ancient rights of ceremonial Necromancy as a ritual by a great shaman called Freebird, and because of him and his diligence to the art, I still practice it until this day." "However, if a spirit has something vital to impart to you, they will call upon you, not vice-versa and no ritual is needed".
She then Got involved with the local Hoodoo Voodoo's of the area and new doors where opened to her concerning communicating with the dead.
Waugh was baptized and trained in the secret dark religion by Bianca The Voodoo Queen of New Orleans. Waugh lived in New Orleans for 3 years until she learned all about spells, hex's and how to hoodoo voodoo people as she says.
Waugh also owned and managed the fantastic Candle Making Company in Galveston, Texas for many years that catered to the eclectic patrons taste of many of the states visitors and just curious. She then moved to Houston's Famous Vodoun area 5th ward. This now where she resides to this day. Her home today is a testimony to Necromancy and her new found religion of Voodoo Hoodoo.
Necromantic practitioners such as Waugh conducts, and entails respect and reverence not only for the spirits of the dead, but for the spirits of Hell, Heaven and all places in between. Waugh has a large home one room she has painted black where she calls the good spirits. Another painted all black where she calls the infernal spirits.
The American Ghost Hunters Society is currently accepting new members all across the country for our network of ghost hunters, ghost writers and ghost enthusiasts.
We Investigate all types of Paranormal and Unexplained Phenomena through Research and Documentation. She is also an avid Remote Viewer.
Waugh is often compared today in her facial features and many similar practices as being a modern Dr. John Dee. He of course was one of the most fascinating characters of the Elizabethan period just as Waugh is recognized as such in modern times. The events of Dee's life are filled with science, experiments, astrology and mathematics which he aligned with magic, the supernatural and alchemy! All of which is Waugh's personal passion and driven honest beliefs. These are also stead fast traditions she does and true in practicing openly. A few of her select followers say she is the actual reincarnation of John Dee. Waugh also practices astrology, and is very continuously studying the Black Arts.
Waugh, a real big hearted Texas gal does not comment on any of this privately or publicly ... for she is humble in her paranormal studies and research to the core. Gina Lanier a close friend of her's relates: "Waugh is a very outgoing friendly, charming and a downright loveable person, and gets along equally well with the living and the dead." Lanier and Waugh once investigated a real Haunted Texas Federal Prison together for close to two years in the early 1990's and had many startling paranormal adventures while there.
Lisa Lee Harp Waugh's accomplishments have been achieved through hard work, persistence, and a goal-oriented attitude required to overcome obstacles and reach difficult goals. Waugh shares her approach to communicating with the dead's success in this motivational performance that's sure to inspire Paranormal Investigators to excel in their life.
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