No real experts
Posted 02 January 2009 - 09:23 AM
Whew......ok, everything is ok now...............but man that was CA-LOSE!!!
Posted 09 January 2009 - 12:28 AM
Evidence can be complicated and is also subjective to scrutiny, IMO you really have got to do your own homework on what is and what is not paranormal. Paranormal means it has to be different, if a hundred people have what you have then it's not paranormal (IMO), others may feel differently.
Edited by JimDe, 09 January 2009 - 12:29 AM.
Posted 09 January 2009 - 07:41 PM
"Someone who knows more and more about less and less until he knows all there is to know about absolutely nothing".
At first glance this definition seems pretty funny; but when you think about it, it is actually quite profound.
It is unfortunately true that we live in times in which knowledge is highly specialised and compartmentalised. Those people who possess such specialised knowledge, in effect, live in an intellectual tunnel.
The practical effect is that such experts see only that which is contained within that tunnel, and are unable to see or conceptualise anything outside this "tunnel"; their broader view is constrained.
Similarly, their professional interactions are almost exclusively with other people in the same tunnel, and consequently their intellectual development takes them ever deeper into the same tunnel, at the expense of a broader view of the world.
The consequence of this tunnel vision is that when such experts are faced with a concept or data which does not comfortably lie within their tunnel, they are intellectually unable to process this information. This situation is referred to as "cognitive dissonance", and the usual response is for the person to ridicule and dismiss the new concepts.
In other words, many experts have an intellectual arrogance which is not limited by their ignorance.
There is ample evidence from the history of science which substantiates this: many ideas which are now considered self evident, were dismissed and ridiculed by the "experts" of the time.
Similarly, the history of science is replete with examples of world renowned experts who faked or suppressed data which contradicted their closely held ideas. So ethics are seen as an optional and flexible commodity when ideas clash.
The significance of all this is that everybody should exercise caution when faced with "experts". Their opinions should be weighed and considered carefully, and one should not be afraid to argue with an "expert".
Keep in mind the old adage:
"If all you want is a normal screw up, then it is better to do it yourself. If you want a major cluster BAD_WORD, bring in an expert."
Edited by MoonChild, 10 January 2009 - 10:10 AM.
Posted 10 January 2009 - 02:04 PM
Paranormal research NEEDS outside thinking. We're sitting stagnant right now with alot of technology that's getting us absolutely nowhere, mainly because the technology is being used in ways it was never meant to be used, or technology is being used that has limitations, such as audio recording, video recording, or photography and normal anomalies created by ignoring these limitations and rules are being thought of as paranormal. A camera will only do one thing - record the light in front of it onto a medium like film or a CCD. Many of the ideas floating around about spirits imprinting energy into photos is just so much superstition for the basic fact that a camera doesn't do that. That is one example of thousands out there now.
I have no problem with calling somebody an expert if they have taken the time to practice and learn their field of expertise and practice it rigorously. I have a background in photography, but I will occasionally ask somebody who is an accredited photographer or dark room specialist what they think of a photo I have, and because of their knowledge and expertise I take their explanation and learn from it. Yeah, I see alot LESS paranormal stuff in my photos now, but that's a good thing.
When it comes to paranormal researchers, investigators, or ghost hunters, however, one fact rings true:
THERE ARE NO EXPERTS. PERIOD.
There may be people who understand the superstitions better. People who study the religious aspects. Occultists. But at the end of the day, it's all still speculation. Applying what we do know properly and documenting what we find will help us inch closer to understanding what is going on (paranormally speaking), and to do that we need to accept that there are applied technologies with rigid rules. If we ignore these, the results we get are worthless (though sometimes amazing).
Posted 14 January 2009 - 01:22 AM
Ah, it's good to be back.
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