Would You Investigate a Talking Mongoose?

Would You Investigate a Talking Mongoose?

A Talking Mongoose? Seriously?

Before getting into exactly where I am coming from on this post, let me just drop a little chunk of background in here.

For many in the paranormal field the fact that I have mentioned a talking mongoose will affiliate this post with the very famous paranormal investigator Harry Price.

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Harry writes about the case in ‘The Haunting of Cashen’s Gap: a Modern Miracle Investigated’ and its later documented in Price’s book ‘Confessions of a Ghost Hunter’. During these accounts he openly presents the oddity of the case, drawing comparison to the other strange cases he had investigated. However this particular request from a lady from the Isle of Man in 1932, was indeed strange even by the standards Harry was used to.

The communication that Harry received described the weird discovery of a creature by the lady’s farmer friend Mr. Irving, that with some coaxing had developed the power of speech.

The fanciful nature of this case is often seen as quite beyond belief with Gef the Mongoose having various conversations about town whilst riding around on the bus. It’s quite easy to see why such a case makes some wonder why Harry would even bother with something that sounded unbelievably fictitious.

However this case itself has managed to raise some very interesting points today I think.

The Mongoose Question Bet

During the Paraforce UK 2017 weekend I was lucky to attend with Kerry Greenaway from Parasearch Radio. As we approached the convention on the Sunday a conversation developed in the car between us around something to do investigation case validation. I believe I may have utilised the Talking Mongoose case as an example to back my own argument, which fundamentally was based on the fact that you can’t simply discount a case just because it sounds beyond belief or highly unlikely. After all as paranormal investigators we are in the business of beyond belief and highly unlikely.

I believe Kerry may have disagreed with this point, which in reflection makes perfect sense as there appears to be no logic in accepting that there is a possible talking mongoose at large.

So, more importantly how do two paranormal investigators that have reached an impasse on a particular point rectify the issue. Well, we could have commented on each others social media negatively, sorry couldn’t resist! We could have gone with not talking the rest of the day, was that even an option, damn it!! No, we decided to create a theory and test it. Otherwise known as a good old-fashioned bet!

You see I made the bold statement that if you asked many of the people at Paraforce if they would investigate a talking mongoose, I believed the majority would. I also added to that it was my assumption that both Joe Chin and Barry Fitzgerald from Ghost Hunters International would investigate a talking mongoose.

Kerry accepted the challenge gracefully and I looked forward to my free coffee.

Literally everyone Kerry asked said they would investigate the talking mongoose, and yes both Joe and Barry said they would too. In fact Joe was one of the first and answered with great excitement. Barry said he would, but referred to the Isle of Man, presenting the fact that he was very aware of the Price case. I think it was also around the time that Kerry asked Barry that she realised I may have made my point that day.

Thank you Kerry for being a great sport and accepting the challenge by the way.

A Talking Mongoose and Social Media

Of course there is more to the talking mongoose than the case Harry had investigated, the challenge I set Kerry and more.

You see I find some great smilies in the concept of the talking mongoose and the paranormal field’s social media activity.

I often watch the various posts, which pop up from time to time on social media within the paranormal field and some of the comments do sadden me regularly. During this time where we seem to hold a fascination in paranormal pictures, videos and audio; we are very quick to conclude the authenticity of someones ‘evidence’. I’m not saying every piece of media placed on social networks for the world to see is evidence of the paranormal, but equally I’m not condemning it as fake either!

Many draw assumptions, without looking into the stories themselves very much these days. Jumping to conclusions or not looking at all the available information leads to nothing, but assumption and unsubstantiated information.

We have all seen this before, someone will post a picture of something paranormal and various comments will follow. Often some of these comments may take the form of more negativity towards the individual or simply categorically stating that said picture is ‘obviously a fake’!

What I find slightly ironic (just a little bit) about all this is that often the very individuals that slate the proposed evidence of others, present similar evidence themselves. This is our fundamental flaw in the use of Social Media to assist us with our investigation of the paranormal. We should be using this medium to support and constructively remark on said posted ‘evidence’.

These pictures, videos and audio snippets are very similar to Harry;s talking mongoose case. You see, just like Kerry’s assumption of the talking mongoose case, many don’t take the time to assess what they see. Rather than simply claiming something to be fake or rubbish, suggest possibilities or ask questions.

Don’t get me wrong though, there are many out there that are positive and do ask questions, it’s not all bad. Just like the challenge I set Kerry, investigators of the paranormal would take up the case of a talking mongoose.

What’s truly interesting about this is; if I posted a video of a talking mongoose on social media, how many would believe it, how many would call it fake, but how many would ask questions about the video in order to understand more?

Yet so many said they would investigate a talking mongoose, when asked face to face! That tells a story in itself for me.

The Mongoose is Still Talking

We may not be investigating fanciful cases such as talking mongoose on the isle of man, but lets not discount anything without supporting our assumptions good facts.

I’ve heard some odd things communicated by mediums during many of my own investigations, but I don’t discount them simply because they sound ridiculous. In fact, often those weird and wonderful tidbits can later gain greater understanding when you look at the bigger picture.

We are dealing with an amazing field that encompasses a great deal of diverse approaches and information. Investigation of the paranormal has had me research location history in local archives, gather huge amounts of data from online sources, log data in search of patterns, learn aspects of physics and quantum physics (the basics, I am no expert lol), look at forensics, investigation techniques, and so much more.

Perception is often the one thing in every case which presents us with a different experience, especially when it comes to the paranormal. Take the Ouija Board for example; I have one in my home, used one on many occasions, know the history and have no fear of them. However talk to someone else in the paranormal and they will present a different story; they won’t have one in their home, they will never use one, believe they are dangerous. These are like polar opposites for something that has little or no evidence to support them as being evil! We have many, many more examples of these kind of things in the paranormal field too, including various perceptions of haunting.

Our perception is based on our belief and knowledge of those aspects. Which means in order to properly assess something we need to gather the data, seek the information, gain an understanding and find the alpha case (thank you Greg Lawson). We need to investigate and do the leg work.

This is why, when someone asks you if you would investigate a talking mongoose, you smile and then start to gather the data. The truth is in the leg work, its in the data and the information.

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Applying the Feynman Technique to Paranormal Investigation

Applying the Feynman Technique to Paranormal Investigation

Richard Feynman and His Technique

In the past I’ve mentioned possibly a couple of times the work of Richard Feynman as a theoretical physicist. Feynman is particularly known for his work in quantum mechanics and quantum electrodynamics and the Nobel Prize he received for Physics in 1965.

One thing that Feynman gave us was Feynman Diagrams, which are a visual representation of the complex mathematical equations related to behaviour of subatomic particles. These diagrams were also the inspiration for me to create my own Theory of Telepathic Interaction, which uses my own ideograms to visually represent probable telepathic interaction. I always found it quite surprising how clarity can be found in visual representation.

I could probably rattle on all day about the other things Feynman achieved, but alas time is against me. However it is important to mention something I have learnt from the ‘Great Explainer’ himself (well via the internet and books anyway) and that’s something called the Feynman Technique.

Fundamentally, the Feynman Technique tells us that we learn better by teaching someone else a topic in simple terms, which in turn will highlight any areas of the topic you lack knowledge. Feynman wrapped this technique up into a pleasant little four steps, each of which enables you to understand the topic more deeply and also better retain the information.

The Feynman Technique

  1. Write down the title of your chosen topic and then write down all you know about it.
  2. Explain the topic in simple terms and language.
  3. Identify the problem areas, then go back to the sources to review them. Find the information to explain the topic fully.
  4. Pinpoint any complicated terms and challenge yourself to simplify them. Connect facts to strengthen your understanding.

Pretty straight forward right?

The other thing that I throw into the mix whilst using this technique is one I will mention a number of times perhaps. That is, think about it from a child’s point of view, because they will always ask ‘why?’ That way you will constantly seek the explanations and information to be able to answer ‘why’ at every point.

Investigating with the Feynman Technique

Now you have the basics of the Feynman Technique hopefully understood we need to apply them to our paranormal investigations. This is actually something which should be fairly straight forward and may even be something you’re already doing.

Let’s take each point and apply them if we can.

First up, Feynman tells us to ‘write down the title and all we know about that topic’, which would be straight forward if we were talking about say the investigation of a location. However for this example I am going to apply the technique to a paranormal event during an investigation. So, first step is to write down the paranormal event that has occurred and all we know about it.

Second step is to ‘explain it in simple terms and language’. So, for this we ensure that our explanation of the paranormal event remains simple and isn’t littered with various complex terms or theory. We simply explain it in a straight forward manner as it occurred.

The third step is to ‘identify problem areas, go back and review’. In order to apply this to our paranormal event we simply read through what we have written and look for two things; 1) explainable elements, and 2) unexplainable elements. This basically means dividing into normal and paranormal. However we shouldn’t stop there. We now need to find supportive information for that which we believe is explainable, which shouldn’t be hard as there should be science behind it. We do similar for the unexplained elements, but we are now associating possible theory and ideas, then looking for the information to back it up.

The fourth step is quite simple, we look through what we have and then look to simplify it. Reduce the complexities down to simple explanation.

Remember through the whole process to continuously ask ‘why’ just like a child would. As this should help drive down those complexities.

Why Use This Approach

The reason for using this approach is to assist us in achieving two things really in my opinion. Firstly, to ensure that we are gathering lots of information on a paranormal event or investigation. Secondly, to refine and simplify that information into form that may help us to understand the paranormal event or investigation better. Perhaps even to help identify the source of the activity.

In case you missed it, I used ‘why’ too!

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The Current Popularity of Haunted Objects

The Current Popularity of Haunted Objects

Social Media Is Buzzing With Haunted Objects

Recently it seems like every day I scan through social media there is some mention of one haunted object or another. It could be yet another haunted doll, this time making it all the way to ITV’s This Morning or the odd Facebook Live where we can tune in and watch random objects in poorly lit conditions.

If I am sounding a little on the sceptical side of things then please understand that it’s not because I disbelieve or even think these are all charlatans trying to make a quick quid, but more because of the sudden abundance of objects.

If you’re a regular reader of my blog then you may have caught some of my previous posts on haunted objects as these are not a brand spanking new phenomenon, in fact they’ve probably been around for a very long time indeed.

Check my posts on Ghosts in the Machine and What The Heck is a Haunting Anyway!

So, why then has there been a recent boom in haunted objects recently? Perhaps the movie industry is to blame for this with recent releases of a movie that features the origins of the Warrens most famous haunted object Annabelle the doll. I first encountered Annabelle in the book ‘The Demonologist’ which documented the ‘extraordinary career of Ed and Lorraine Warren’. Annabelle had a chapter all to her self, similar to the beginning of the film ‘The Conjuring’ and what an interesting chapter that was. It wasn’t long before she received her own film and now another depicting her origins or ‘creation’.

Above is the actual Annabelle locked away in the Warren’s Haunted Object Museum in the States, but as you can see this Doll appears a lot more like something you may happily give to a young child rather than the scary evil looking thing we see in the movies. I’m sure we all know why that is, right?

Although the many objects collected by the Warren’s probably do appear to make up the majority of what many Ghost Hunters these days remember, there are much more out there and they date much further back.

Don’t Forget Ouija Boards

One particularly interesting object that has often been associated with being haunted is that of the Ouija Board. The Boards are of course seen by many as divination tools, portals to evil places by others and well a toy by sceptics that feel its more likely the boards user is moving the planchet. However you also often hear stories about the boards housing evil entities and by using the board you could release those entities to do harm. Hang on a minute that sounds a little like those scary dolls too!

Interestingly enough I’m pretty sure that Ouija Boards housing evil spirits is something that has also developed from the movie industry too. I am no expert and if I am wrong please correct me, but didn’t the Exorcist plot line include a few problems created by a naughty Ouija Board spirit? More recently we had Paranormal Activity 1 or 2 or 6, there were a few of those after all. Specifically we also had a horror film that was called ‘Ouija’, so pretty damn sure that was telling us no good would come of using one.

The psychology of the Ouija Board though is fascinating in its self and probably deserves a post all by itself. Some swear by its use saying nothing bad has ever come of it, others maintain its evil and even fear it. Jayne Harris of HD Paranormal delivered an interesting Facebook Live on it tonight (24th August 2017) to be fair, so check that out.

What are your thoughts on the Ouija Board? Perhaps I should conduct a few experiments on this?

The Crying Boy

In case you’ve never heard of it before the ‘Crying Boy’ is painting which is believed to be cursed and often causes harm to those that choose to hang it on their wall. Now I’ve not looked into this particular object in detail and only heard the stories in passing, so not going to go into detail here, but I believe it causes fires. What’s particularly odd is that the print itself seems to survive these blazes carrying the curse onto the next victim. That needs some experimentation for sure right? I wonder where I can get my hands on the picture? Actually, I’m renting and not sure my insurance covers haunted objects!

Below are a couple of pictures I have pulled from the internet on this little blighter.

What I found interesting about both of these stories is that they are different pictures. Granted they are both crying boys, but they are different. This immediately highlights a simple factor to me, this isn’t an association with a specific object like the Dolls, but more like a connection with a piece of information.

Again forgive me as I have not researched this in detail and I am theorising on the data I have. However I would guess that these pictures (the two above let’s say) dont carry the title ‘The Crying Boy’, but they are both obviously pictures of a crying boy. The question I would have to ask to victims of the apparent fires would be simply; were you aware of the curse of the picture prior to purchasing it and hanging it on your wall. If they were aware and made the purchase for that very reason then this could help us to understand why the fires may have occurred in the first place. Now bear with me on this one and as ever keep an open mind.

What if let’s say the very knowledge of this information and belief in the curse or even simple interest is enough to actuate it into reality. Okay that might be an okay answer from a probable spiritual perspective as it could be said that is giving the picture energy to start the fire perhaps. We are back on that belief thing again! Let’s tackle a probable scientific route too. What if the knowledge of the pictures history and curse creates something psychological that leads to the fire stating. I’m not saying that the victims started the fire, but perhaps their being super-vigilant to the possibility of fire because of the picture actually caused a fire. Sounds strange right? Well not if you’re aware of Murphy’s Law, which basically says anything that can go wrong will go wrong. There’s also the variation of this, which we grew up with in my house Sod’s Law. Sod’s Law is similar to Murphy’s, but says the worse probable outcome will occur, in this case a fire. More simply and logically though its also likely that there are hundreds if not thousands of these prints out there, but in a select few circumstances were the same where a random fire occurred and the print survived. Firstly, as only the print survived this would be seen as an oddity and comparisons would be looked for and once found you have the curse of the crying boy. It’s also likely that because of the location in the building where the print was hung, it escaped fire damage.

Now these are just ideas, brief thoughts if you like. That’s what Psi Theory is all about. In order to properly look into this I will have to do further research, perhaps that’s another post too.

Are Objects Really Haunted?

Can we really say that singular objects are haunted? It often can seem that way cant it? Especially when they carry extremely interesting and convincing stories, some even with a little anecdotal evidence that appears to support their haunting.

I have previously mentioned on other posts that I often see haunted locations and haunted objects in a similar light. This hasn’t changed in the slightest. We often seem to happily accept that somewhere is haunted or an object could be haunted too. Perhaps its that we would all like to believe that there is something beyond death for each of us or perhaps because we would like to feel that our loved ones which have passed may still be with us in some form.

Here’s my take on haunted objects in relation to my own theories.

Not unlike haunted locations that have numerous cues that allow our unconscious minds to begin seeking information, a kind of ‘googling’ of the mind and collective unconscious if you like. Haunted objects can do similar. Their appearance for example may allow us to link into other information telepathically that’s out their in the minds of others. The very appearance of the object is a cue for example and then of course there’s whatever information we already know about it. These things could all be elements that allow us to telepathically obtain the information that is associated with the object in question. A process often referred to as psychometry or at least very similar perhaps.

In regards to those objects which appear to move by themselves or even cause harm somehow, these could be more of a trigger for Psychical behaviour. Perhaps we are moving them with our minds similar to the concept of telekinesis, but unconsciously because we believe there is an associated haunting. That’s ruling out natural cause of course and I bring up natural cause for good reason. I watched a documentary once that showed how many believed that an ancient Egyptian artefact in a museum was haunted because during the nights it would turn around to face in the opposite direction. However instead of jumping to this claim, some clever science types done two things; 1) placed a camera to capture the movement and, 2) setup a device to monitor localised vibrations. They had a theory you see that localised vibrations were just right to effect this particular artefact due to its location and mass. Sure enough the clever clogs were correct. The camera captured the artefact gradually turning around throughout the night slowly and this was supported by the measurement of localised vibrations. You see sometimes there’s a very real very logical reason.

Are haunted objects really haunted, sure they are. Problem is our understanding of what the term ‘haunted’ actually means I think. In that our understanding of the source of the paranormal activity becomes very important. After all it may not be the afterlife that is amazing us by contacting us, it may be our connection with each other which allows this transference of information. A supernormal connection that in time may help each of us understand more about ourselves and our fellow man.

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I Think I Saw a Ghost !

I Think I Saw a Ghost !

Another Internet Video Captures A Ghost!

I recently stumbled across yet another internet video claiming to have captured 'evidence' of a ghost in the area that was being investigated and like many of these videos, the ghost was even linked to a specific person. I'm not going to go into the specifics of the video on this occasion as its more about what seems to be the sensationalism of highlighting such things that are on my mind for this post.

On this particular occasions, which isn't much different from others, there were a number of gadgets going off as the group filmed and those more sensitive in the group were picking up on something too. The group moved around the area and from the video alone there appeared to be at least four in the group possibly five, including the unseen team member holding the camera. At the point that the 'ghost' was captured only two remained in shot and our ghost was clearly a shadow captured in front of the camera.

So, the question here isn't so much the obvious one, which may be proposing that our investigators had faked the whole scenario, but why is it that we often see so much attributed to paranormal activity when there is a clear explanation?

The Problem With The Moment!

In my opinion it all comes down to perception. Which as a matter of fact is a weird and wonderful thing that has our entire reality on an odd kind of understanding. Perception can be driven by many elements within our own psychology and often we are unaware that they are there in the first place. For example, our adult understanding of the world around us is built by our education, our belief and of course our own personal experiences. There's probably a load of other contributing factors, but I'm no psychologist and let's try and keep it simple for now.

The moment you're in can equally define your understanding of that which is around you, that is probably a primary instinct in reality. Now I will be the first to admit that often whilst walking around a darkened building in search of ghosts I have had to contain my own excitement. Analyse the situation in a little more detail in order to ascertain whether the experience is actually paranormal or indeed a sequence of events that have transpired to present themselves in a fashion which could be interpreted as paranormal. It's this 'in the moment' perception that can often lead us to incorrect conclusions of an event, which is later reported as paranormal.

Don't get me wrong, we all make mistakes and I am pretty sure its happened to me at some point too. However let's look at things a little better and try to help each other see these possibilities without ridicule. That way we can progress the field by searching for more significant paranormal events to document and gain an understanding of.

It's this 'in the moment' perception during an investigation that I believe has many ghost hunters today jumping to the fear factor and failing to present reasonable explanations. Let's look at the scenario mentioned earlier again.

The four people were in a probable haunted location, so already they are looking for something and as all of us do, hope to capture that 'evidence' of the actual paranormal. They like many are after the Holy Grail of the Paranormal and are trying a few approaches. However by visiting a probable haunted location and effectively searching for ghosts, they have already created a possible psychological bubble around what they are doing. I'm not saying that this is always the case, but as I have fell subject to it myself I'm sure, then its a likelihood we should all realise. In essence the expectation has been created.

In our scenario above, the group have a few different gadgets which effectively start to react in the same area. This is, in the video, interpreted as paranormal activity. There's no reasonable explanation presented and no one makes the attempt to test why these gadgets are reacting. The assumption is made that there must be something paranormal going on. Perhaps this is because the group are in a darkened room, at a possible haunted location and seeking ghosts; that they assume these devices are indeed detecting some kind of paranormal activity. Again, they are in the moment and going with it.

What happens next fascinates me. Following the reaction of the first device, the group seem to randomly move about the room and as they do so, a couple of gadgets sound off. The group react to this as if there is paranormal activity is following them or as if they are following it, but the devices go off as they move close to them. This is the usual behaviour that generates the belief that our group is likely faking the activity. However it could equally be that our group believe their gadgets are designed specifically for detecting ghosts, but in reality they react when their static field is interrupted or something close by is generating some kind of EMF. A core understanding of how the tools of the trade (so to speak) work is a common reason why many misinterpret certain scenarios as paranormal when they have a reasonable explanation.

Finally, we move onto our captured ghost on film. The group have clearly been through a sequence of events now within the location that they believe is haunted, which has meant they are already concluding that there is paranormal activity in progress. The moving about the room with the various gadgets going off has also disorientated them slightly making them less aware and more focused on the paranormal. As a shadow moves across the room they attribute it to being a ghost rather than seeking reasonable explanation such as it being the camera mans shadow or that of the third person now currently out of shot.

Once in the moment and focused on that paranormal activity, with the adrenaline running thanks to the excitement of the hunt progressing its relatively easy for many to misinterpret simple things as being paranormal. It's important to be mindful of your surroundings and always ask questions of those interesting situations. Then we can begin to gain a much better understanding of paranormal events.

Something's Are Just Strange!

Of course this isn't always the case, not everything can be explained away by looking at logical explanations. During my time investigating the paranormal and also working with mediums I have often been left flummoxed. I've even thrown many an explanation at these odd scenarios only to conclude that they just don't fit and further understanding is required. Hence why I often deliver theories on the paranormal or even questions old more established ones.

Two such scenarios which come to mind are the time I witnessed a light ascend the staircase at Peterborough Museum, which was equally witnessed by another investigator at the time. A light which was exactly like a candle like, flickering away. The other was one based on perception itself. I am of course talking of the time I sat in the attic space of the Royal Oak in Swanage, asking for spirits to move my Grandfathers pocket watch, which was placed on the floor between me and a local Peter. The watch itself did not move, but shortly after asking the watch began to run. Although it had not been wound at all. The watch ticked away for about 20 minutes. I then spent nearly three months attempting to find an explanation, an explanation which never presented itself. Which then raises the question; did spirits wind the watch or did this occur through telekinesis as Peter and I intended the watch to move in some way?

You see when strange unexplainable things do occur without logical explanation, generally for me they present more questions to follow up on.

Perhaps the paranormal isn't evidence of the afterlife, but more what our minds are truly capable of!

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Kids Say the Strangest Things…

Kids Say the Strangest Things…

Well I Wasn't Expecting That !

I recently visited the Royal Oak in Swanage, one of my favourite little pubs to investigate, but on this occasion I decided to take my kids for a mini break for a weekend away.

I know what you're thinking and no I didn't take my kids on a paranormal investigation. However that in itself is an interesting point. For me I know my paranormal investigator side is never really off duty and whenever I walk into a location with some history or possibilities I'm always analysing what's about me. 

This is a part of me that has developed over the years where I always seem to manage to be fascinated by the stories associated with places as well as their activity. In all honesty it could equally be linked to the writer side of me too. Something that never really rests and to be fair I'm glad as you never really know when the paratheorist will pop up with an idea either.

Getting back to my visit to the Royal Oak. I hadn't been there more than twenty minutes and I was welcomed by the landlady Rachael. My youngest then asked; "Is that your friend?" Obviously I replied advising that Rachael wasn't just my friend, but also the owner of the pub we were staying in that night. Then the oddest thing occurred. My youngest looked up and exclaimed something similar to; "Is John your friend too?" At that point in time we were sat in the pool room, Rachael had left us and my youngest was pretty much looking at nothing. I looked around slightly confused by her statement.

What is important to add is that there was no one there (as far as I am aware) by the name of John and I dont have any friends that she would have met that are called John. Certainly no one there with us that evening that I could see. However what is interesting and something my youngest could not have known is that one of the prominent 'spirits' that mediums communicate with at this location is called John.

So, is my daughter a medium? Did she see the spirit of John that night?

In all fairness once she had slapped me around the face with that piece of information I was in two minds whether staying a couple of nights in the same pub maybe a wise idea.

What's Really Happening Here!

It's extremely difficult to comprehend fully if indeed my daughter is spiritually gifted or if the information was acquired from other sources. However the timing was very interesting indeed. No one walked passed, Rachael had just left so she knew who she was and nothing really occurred to prompt the statement. Once again I am left by a simple event at the Royal Oak that leaves me without a good solid explanation.

However it did remind of the research of Ian Stevenson, who pioneered some great research around children and their recollection of past lives or events. In fact Stevenson spent a large part of his life on this research looking into past lives, reincarnation, near death experiences, out of body experiences and much more. Dr. Stevenson also documented and authored papers on how in some cases birth defects or marks appeared to pass from one life to the next too. Fascinating stuff really, which I must write about in more detail at some point.

The point here is that an interesting piece of information suggests that children under the age of six are more likely to 'pick up on things' for some reason. My youngest is three years old. The very fact that she picked up on something as specific as the name 'John' could suggest that Stevenson was onto something, but why? My understanding is that before the age of six the children haven't been through enough education and social situations to allow them to formulate an understanding of the world as its commonly seen by us all. Thus perhaps their reality differs from ours. Also, if you try to think back to this period of your life and accurately recall events its very hard indeed. Try it? What you do remember maybe your current perception of the events, but may not always be the actual course of events that occurred.

This in itself presents some interesting concepts around memory, but then how do these children before the age of six remember prior to being born the lives of others? This is also where I believe telepathic interaction may come into play. As these children have no social or educational boundaries in place they can receive information telepathically without question. When you become an adult certain information that 'pop's into your head' is often discarded as imagination or simply irrelevant to our current busy lives. Children under six dont have this problem.

So Why Don't All Kids Talk About Past Lives or Ghost?

This is the interesting factor, why doesn't every child under the age of six talk to us about the ghosts they see or past lives? Perhaps the problem with that it actually us, how many parents have thought their child has an imaginary friend or even simply discounted a piece of information from their child thinking they have an excellent imagination. I'll admit it I'm sure I have. Except when that piece of information is directly related to the location I am sat in, then my ears prick up!

Information is an interesting thing really, it is a part of everything we do these days and makes up the majority if not all we come into contact with. Oddly though we are as accepting of some information as we are able to discount many pieces of information too. We accept what we feel is valid to us and in that often discount important information that holds great value to others. Often its this under valuation of information that holds importance to others that can cause many disagreements in my opinion. Something to bear in mind perhaps.

Other Possibilities

Of course we have to bear in mind that the name John is relatively common too and although there seems no real reason why my daughter may ask what she did when she did, there's still that possibility that it was pure coincidence. Thus the timing and location gave the information greater meaning to me than it may have actually had.

As with everything in the paranormal you really have to keep an open mind, as brilliant as things may seem try not to get overly excited and falling into that trap of believing everything as being spooky! That said should we be discounting everything too? Where can we, pardon the pun, find the happy medium?

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Bob the Orange Is A Little Quiet..

Bob the Orange Is A Little Quiet..

Digital Freedom..

The wonderful thing about the internet is that you can stumble across all kinds of interesting stuff out there and even the subject of the paranormal doesn’t escape the internets reach. Of course this digital freedom to voice exactly what we want when want does mean that there are all extremes of views out there in the digital ether. Something which many often take personally. Just remember everyone is entitled to their own opinion and some may not know quite how to articulate than opinion softly. 

One such piece of interesting information was a little video that Kev Kerr put together regarding haunted objects and how they are not all that chatty, especially when using a spirit box. However before we get into this, take a look at the video below, so we are all on the same page.

Interesting right? Granted Kev’s approach maybe seen by some as a little sarcastic in places, but I think it covers the concept of ITC in relation to haunted objects rather well. 

Bob Says…

Kev gives us a pretty standard inanimate object for this little experiment, a small orange! In order to give the orange a little character Kev added a smiley face, which I am glad of otherwise I just dont feel I would have felt the same connection as I did! 

He then fires up the Spirit Box and set’s about to communicate with our new orange friend. Remarkably there are a few responses and we soon establish that this little orange is conscious with a name of Bob. Although I have a feeling a few other name may have crept through too. 

However things are not quite as they seem and it soon becomes evident that Bob isn’t playing ball as much as we may believe. 

Kev Shows Us That Perhaps Bob Likes To Mislead Us…

During this Spirit Box session Kev manages to highlight a few things that many of us take for granted in these situation, which quickly leads to many assumptions based on poor information. 

You see information is a funny little thing really, it’s something we use regularly to understand the hauntings we investigate, but equally if we are not careful it can totally confuse our investigations too. Take the scenario of Bob the Orange for example, a scenario many of us may have encountered whilst on an investigation in the past. As you sit there in a no doubt darkened room, spirit box fuzzing away, you begin to ask questions. This is where the information could easily take over you see. Right from the outset, from question one it can often be given control. No it doesn’t I hear you scream! Think about it though. The most probable random question that you may ask when using a Spirit Box if you didn’t want to direct your questioning, may be something like; ‘Is there anyone here with us?’ 

Think about it a little and a form of that question is more likely. Now by asking this question you are creating the presumption that there is something there (I’m by no means saying there isn’t), but then as you listen you’re provided with an answer. However think about which answers are acceptable in these circumstances? There’s actually more possibilities than you realise; positive or negative responses such as ‘yes’ or even ‘no’, names would be accepted too, oddly simple descriptions work too such as ‘man’ or ‘woman’ or ‘soldier’, actually when it comes to Spirit Boxes more often groups appear to accept any response as an indication communication is in progress. Okay, let’s be fair, not all groups or investigators are quick to accept what comes through the Spirit Box as paranormal. 

Where was I? 

Oh yes. So, right from the first question you have a piece of information or do you? Often in these situations we are already dealing with audio pareidolia, where we are trying to find patterns linked to our questions in the random data from the Spirit Box. Also, as we are investigating a certain location which in turn may have a particular history, we ask associated questions manipulating the data as it were. 

Okay so Bob isn’t misleading us, we are actually misleading ourselves so to speak. 

Hence Bob the Orange and how Kev managed to have a conversation with him, although I kind of like Bob! Shame really as I can see Bob having his own TV series investigating haunted locations. Perhaps in the States in the OC! 

Does That Mean The Spirit Box is a Waste of Time?

It’s at this point I am sure you will be expecting me to put a touch of negative on the old Spirit Box, but if that’s the case you’re going to be disappointed. Wait what, I hear you shout! 

Firstly, don’t get me wrong I get that the Spirit Box basically spits out loads of random hits on various radio stations and I am also very understanding of the fact that we ask questions and then accept answers often fitting them to our questions. Basically there are a lot of flaws with this form of communication, which includes the method most often used. 

Hang though, I said that I wouldn’t be negative towards this form of communication! That’s right, personally I’m not a fan, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it doesn’t work for some. Let me explain. Like a Ouija Board I see this as a modern divination tool, which allows those using it to extend their personal confidence perhaps in their own ability to sense information from spirit. Obvious the science half of my persona can not attribute proof to this and its as random as the reception on a spirit box itself. Still think about it for a moment, apply it as a possibility. Does ITC present us with a modern method we are familiar with to focus our sensitivity and communicate better with spirits; or is it simply a clever trick to make us buy more gadgets? 

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Perhaps Your a Paratheorist…

Perhaps Your a Paratheorist…

What the heck is a paratheorist?

‘Paratheorist’ or even ‘Paratheory’ are terms that I’ve not encountered a great deal during my years in the paranormal field, but know that they are out there knocking about. So, I’m not about to lay claim to them as my own as I don’t think that would be particularly admirable of me. 

However they are about and I’ve heard some members of the paranormal field describe themselves as a ‘paratheorist’ or indeed read a few website posts where the term ‘paratheory’ has popped up from time to time. 

Through these particular encounters here’s what I believe a ‘paratheorist’ may be. Basically they are an individual within the paranormal field that spends a great deal of their time coming up with ideas, explanations, theories around the paranormal in order to help explain some of those strange occurrences that we all endeavour to investigate in the dead of night. 

What I really like about this evolving term is that it appears to be attributed to individuals from a wide ranging of backgrounds. A parapsychologist from an excellent university  can be paratheorists whilst someone researching and investigating the paranormal can equally be one too. It’s literally all about the ideas and building them into something that others take a look at and say ‘hang on a minute you’ve got something there’. 

So if the paranormal is your passion and you’ve got a number of ideas then you might just be a paratheorist. Don’t be afraid to share those ideas either, as that’s how we will make progress in the field. 

Why I’m a Paratheorist

Firstly, I’m not even sure why or if I used the term to describe myself at some point, but that said it’s clearly stuck somehow. To be fair I’m not against being called a paratheorist either, the term does describe me pretty much to a tee. 

More recently PARASEARCH radio presenter Kerry Greenaway used the term to describe me when I was on one of the many shows she hosts. And guys, she does a fantastic job at hosting almost a different show every night of the week. If you’ve not listened before and fancy a paranormal fix check out one of her shows on Spreaker. 

It’s really quite humbling to be recognised for my work and even seen as a theorist in the field too, it’s something I’ve constantly worked hard at and hope others get their ideas out there too. 

All that said and done I suppose it still doesn’t entirely make clear why I’m a paratheorist does it? Bouncing ideas around and challenging views is one thing, but one thing I’m not alone in as many excellent Investigators in the field do that. In fact it could be said it’s exactly what we all do one investigation to another. That said there are a few that go one step beyond and build their theories for all. 

That is exactly what happened to me a few years back, my passion for the paranormal became my focus whilst on holiday in Turkey. 

It began with me reading FWH Myers great work ‘Human Personality and It’s Survival of Bodily Death’, which is by no means an easy read. Especially when your in holiday mode. What was odd was that I also read a book on Quantum Physics straight after and that highlighted Feynman’s method of using ideograms to map out certain aspects of quantum physics. This inspired me to understand a better way to comprehend the interactions in the Seance Room environment. This lead to a lot of scribbling in a notebook whilst sat on a beach sipping ice latte, I do like a nice ice latte. 

Those scribblings gained structure before I left Turkey and then over the next few months I developed them into my Theory of Telepathic Interaction. Which can be found here…

Theory of Telepathic Interaction

That’s the odd thing or perhaps not so odd, I don’t know, I often find myself thinking through aspects of the paranormal on a regular occurrence. Usually after something I’ve read or watched on TV, but sometimes it can be as simple as a conversation with someone too. So for all those people I’ve spoken to and perhaps seemed to glaze over at some point then gone off on a completely weird tangent, my apologies. However that’s how my paratheorist mind obviously works. All you have to do is follow the white rabbit down the hole and before you know it you’re theorising too. 

What Are Your Paratheories?

Of course the best thing about theories and ideas is the responses you may get when you share them with others. I think the science community calls it peer review and it’s something we probably need in the paranormal fiend a little more in my opinion. 

I’ve had mixed reviews of my own theories and ideas in the past, but that’s where you must develop an understanding and to a degree a respect for others opinion, whether you agree with it or not. 

Still this needs to be a mutual respect really; stating ‘your theory is crap’ will not help the field progress and isn’t constructive. We need to respond with structured evidential information that helps us understand why the theory might be considered ‘crap’! All too often all that occurs are comments which help no one, but generate negative feelings. Which often become arguments. Let’s find a better way to communicate guys. 

Let’s share and discuss our ideas and theories, express our thoughts on theories which have become common place these days. A perfect example being that of the Stone Tape Theory, what are your thoughts on it? 

Personally I think it needs re-evaluation these days, as we have learnt so much since it’s conception. Perhaps there’s more to it or even experiments that could test it on various levels.

What we need is an old style coffee house discussion, where a bunch of us gather over coffee to chat about various paratheories to see if we can help them evolve a little. 

What do you think ? 

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