OMPRDave, on Dec 4 2009, 10:05 PM, said:
Thanks, guys. Please knwo I don;t knock anyone or their methods and equipment...for God sakes, have fun with it all if it makes you happy. I wrote this more for the serious researcher and how mainstream media can influence it. I respect EVERYONE'S opinions.
Makes me glad you liked it, and I appreciate the criticism...happy holidays!
Great article Dave, but I do have a few issues with your logic. The one piece of equipment you can't buy is a scientific brain, and sadly, some have a little more than others. I wholeheartedly agree that many people forget that documentation is a key to any form of research in the scientific method, thus the need for pencil/pen and paper. I try to document EVERYTHING (temperature, humidity, geological activity, baseline emf, etc...) that occurs during an investigation, even going so far as to draw maps on graph paper (which helps with equipment setup or areas of activity on following investigations. This is where my opinions differ from many other scientists following "traditional" methods.
There are known "laws" which are being broken all the time. I present Ernst Abbe's Theories as an example. Abbe's law dictates a maximum amount of magnification for microscopes and other optic devices; however, researchers (such as Royal R. Rife) took the law and dissected it to find a loophole that produced an optical microscope with 50,000x magnification and 30,000x resolution back in 1927. His research and name were lost and sabotaged, until recently. In 2008 the Ergonom microscope was made, using the very principles Rife had laid out back in 1927. That microscope works, and in doing so breaks the "laws" of physics.
Paranormal research is no different. If someone places a "Frank's Box" in a Faraday cage, and still receives answers from beyond, I would seriously have to conclude that evidence is highly credible. The basis of the scientific method is composing a theory, then conducting experiments to test that theory. So the theory stands that perhaps spirits are able to manipulate a "Frank's Box". What we need are better experiments to determine if the theory has any merit. Since paranormal entities are able to walk through walls, shouldn't they be able to poke their face into a Faraday cage to talk into a radio?
Calling someones theories bunk is rather rude. If people had called Louis Pasteur's theories about spontaneous generation bunk (he was playing with dead meat after all), we wouldn't have pasteurized milk. We, as a paranormal community, need to band together to prove/disprove these theories, much like the medical profession is attempting to do with out of body experiences and near-death experiences. Your scientific knowledge is a vast help to the community. Please continue sharing knowledge with the less educated.