There's so much we don't know, and it is quite possible that paranormal phenomena does exist, but almost certainly not in the manner that we're told by the paranormal community. For example, let's say that a psychic is able to tell me something about myself that couldn't be put down to chance. That is something that needs to be investigated, it's something unknown. As you would know, what most people don't understand is that which can't be explained isn't necessarily "supernatural". It's simply something that can't be explained.
Odd shapes appearing in photographs tells us that there's something we don't know about that needs to be investigated, it doesn't tell us that those odd shapes are definitely ghosts. Crop circles of magnificent formations that couldn't possibly be man made doesn't tell us that aliens created them, it tells us that there are crop circles that can't be man made, and we need to investigate what caused that.
Too often I find in the paranormal community that people will come up with great explanations for what science cannot explain without letting proper investigation take its course. I'm sure you could appreciate where I'm coming from with this.
I'm absolutely open to the possibiltiy of ESP and all that, however any explanation behind it without evidence is just ridiculous. It's this fundamental logic that I fear most paranormal enthusiasts don't quite understand. No one is saying that odd stuff doesn't happen, we're just saying that we don't know what that odd stuff is, and speculating about what it is is where the problem lies.
Those are some interesting suggestions you've given about setting up the experiment in pre-determined, controlled manner, and that's something I'd work out with the person at the time (for now).
And if you can show me some advanced science outside of the mainstream that can do the supposedly "impossible", not only will you have my money, but you will have my deepest curiosity!
Edited by hippityhoohaa, 05 April 2009 - 10:00 AM.