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Looking for Patterns – Anomalous Experience Form

Investigating in a different way…

Often when we discuss the paranormal and investigating ghosts, we think about wandering around dark old buildings with various gadgets and our trusty torches.

These are concepts and approaches that have now become common place understanding, which have been backed up by mainstream media and TV.

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Personally my beginnings in the field involved more of a research perspective with me reading many books and constantly seeking answers. The concept of investigating over night is actually relatively new to me, I have only really been out on over night investigations for the last twelve years really. Okay so twelve years may seem a while, but before that I spent over twenty years in libraries and looking stuff up online, once that became a thing.

However early on I knew that these opportunities to visit historic locations overnight should not be wasted and I took it as a chance to try and document as much as possible. In fact that was how my website originally began, as a place I could share the details of my investigations with other like minded individuals. So, please check out some of my investigations and cases over the years.

Documenting experiences and these investigations was something that seemed relatively common place to me at that point, especially as much of what I had read had come about in a similar fashion.

Strangely as I became more involved with over night investigations or ghost hunting, I began to realise that documenting those experiences or writing up investigations was not as popular as I had first thought. Don’t get me wrong there are many out there that do document their investigations and do share them too, but many don’t leaving a wealth of information lost.

Once I joined the Society for Psychical Research I was happy to once again discover a wealth of information related to the paranormal. Most of which has now been compiled over more than one hundred years of research since the SPR was founded back in 1882. However it also highlighted the need for good hard data to back up any research I may do moving forward.

It’s not quite as exciting as ghost hunting…

The first thing I want to make clear is that by asking to look more at the data available, I am by no means saying that people should give up ghost hunting or overnight investigations. Although there is a lot of data out there that I feel needs to be ‘crunched’ in order to find patterns that could provide answers to the many questions we regularly ask.

As a matter of fact the continuation of ghost hunting may actually be key to this in order to maintain the new experiences and add them to the ones we already have. The most important thing is that we should document these experiences in order to comprehend the possible bigger picture.

I know that keeping track of all of our paranormal experiences isn’t always practical in the moment they occur, but we should do our best to do so. Granted that focussing on tracking this is considerably less exciting than standard ghost hunting, but still its something you could do afterwards.

Gathering lots of this kind of data is actually a million miles away from exciting, unless like me you have a thing for stats! Yes, I am that guy that gets a little excited about data, as you’ve probably guessed by now.

However there is a real need nowadays to capture this data in vast quantities in order to see if there are patterns, which could help us understand more. The problem that I see more and more of is that many of us are guilty of going out ghost hunting, but fail to gather any data. The strange thing about this is that these days we have so many gadgets and access to media devices, but we fail to document simple information on the experience.

Now don’t get me wrong there are a lot of people taking photos, capturing video and audio during their investigations; but we need to think a little more outside the box. Unfortunately these on their own are not really enough and if we want to gather ‘evidence’ for science we need more than that.

You may recall a previous post that I made, asking Could Artificial Intelligence Help Understand Paranormal Experiences. The cold truth is that this is already beginning with AI and Machine Learning looking at vast quantities of data in order to look at problems and seek patterns. In fact I was only contacted today by a group that are already looking into this by analysing ‘Phantasms of the Living’ using machine learning. Please take a look at what Maryland Paranormal Research have already achieved here..

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This highlighted a fantastic opportunity to start looking at some real data or information to find those all important patterns we all seek. So, hopefully I will be giving you a little more on this in the near future after a few more emails back and forth between Maryland Paranormal Research and I.

Here’s where I need your help…

In order to understand more about paranormal activity, something that I have been looking at is gathering data on experiences that many of you may have had at some point.  These experiences could be anything really in the realms of the paranormal, from simple feelings of temperature change to seeing a full blown apparition standing there waving at you. The experiences could be equally psychical too, that way even the interactions a medium has become relevant to this study. This is something that I know needs to be done in order to fully research some of my own ideas around psi and my theory of telepathic interaction too.

This approach of gathering data on the experiences of many people is certainly not new, in fact the SPR conducted a census back in the late 1800’s to first look into this. A census that has been repeated at least twice since. In fact there has been quite a few studies over the last hundred years of this manner.

As a little background on this, something else that I am doing is to gather data from other sources and reports to add into this piece of research to ensure I gather loads on this. Which means hitting the books and returning to the libraries too. So, that means the study will incorporate data from you guys using the link below, data that I have looked up in the SPR Journals and Proceedings, information from various books, information from various websites and of course my own investigations too.

However if you wish to help me out and tell me all about your experiences, please follow the link below and complete the form.

The Paranormal Activity Form

The form does ask for quite a bit of information, but don’t worry enter what you know for now, the more the better though. Also, if you’re not comfortable sharing your own home address and phone number then just enter NA in those fields. The location where the activity occurred is important though to enable me to tie it to other reports for the same location.

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What is cool about this link is once you’ve been on an investigation, if you’ve experienced something then you can simply follow the link above and detail it. Then there will be a record that only took five minutes to log. You can even do it on your phone too! Just bookmark it for use.

The form does relate to one experience at one point in time too, so not for a sequence of experiences or events that took place over a longer time frame. However if there are several significant experiences that occurred over a length of time please feel free to add one for each.

The link does use a mail list subscriber, which I manage, but will not be sending you random stuff from, as that’s just not cool right! As the list is related to documenting paranormal experiences the only thing I may use it for is to gather more information on your experience from you by email if you’re happy to do so..

So, please click on the link and tell me about your paranormal experiences. In advance I would just like to thank you all for helping me with this, its greatly appreciated and please keep an eye on this website for more details as the research progresses.

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A Little Review of 2017

As 2017 draws to a close and 2018 is now a few hours away, I thought that perhaps it might be a good idea to have a brief little review of 2017 paranormally speaking. After all its been another interesting year, with many new friends made, old connections revived and so much more.

A Few 2017 Stats

2017 saw a massive increase in those reading my posts, with well over 10,000 reads throughout the year, which was fantastic to see. I would just like to say a massive thank you to everyone that has read my posts, shared them and left the odd comment. With you all reading my posts it gives them all greater meaning.

What was equally amazing to me as the number of reads was where my posts are being read currently, with them appearing to be most popular here in the UK, then the US, Canada, Australia and Ireland. However they have made it so much farther than that, with readers in Hong Kong, Jamaica, Luxembourg, Malaysia and much more. In fact over 35 countries have logged in and checked out some of my paranormal posts this year, which is great news for the field. As many of you know much of those posts haven’t just been about what I have been up to either, many have included your stories too. Sharing the information about the paranormal that we gather and learn is extremely important to enabling us to make advancements in the field.

Here’s a few of my more popular posts –

Most Haunted Famous Ghost on the Stair’s

The Philip Experiment

Paranormal Evidence Review

The Psychic Projection Experiment

2017 saw the addition of the Metetherial Encyclopaedia to my website, which I am slowly building up with posts on various aspects of the Paranormal, from The Scole Experiment to Ghost Ships, check out the Metetherial Encyclopaedia Contents for more.

I also increased the posts to the Psi Theory section of my website too, which have been received relatively well by many of you throughout the year. Something which I am extremely happy about as sometimes my Psi Theory posts can be a little bit out there that’s for sure.

I also appeared on ParaSearch Radio roughly 8 times, some of which were very last minute, but still very enjoyable. Thank you Kerry Greenaway for all the opportunities, nothing like a good old paranormal chat once in a while. I was also fortunate to be a guest on Marc Richardson’s Paranormal Radio Show a few times too. As well as a few other radio shows too. I am of course very thankful for the interest in my work and chance to discuss them on those various radio shows.

Paranormal Conventions

I was extremely lucky to be a part of two of the main UK paranormal conventions during 2017, one of which was certainly by luck. Due to personal circumstances, lets say children are expensive bless them, I started 2017 knowing that I wouldn’t be able to attend the paranormal conventions during the year.

However this all changed when a kind friend thought of me when they were fortunate to win a couple of tickets to the Sage Investigation of Windsor Castle ahead of Sage Paracon. I owe Jo Woolley a great deal of thanks for inviting me along when she won a pair of tickets to the Windsor Castle Investigation, which was an amazing experience. I should probably also thank MJ for having me, but also Carl Hutchinson for allowing us to bunk in his Cabin in the woods too. It was very unfortunate that I couldn’t stay the whole weekend, I really missed seeing everyone. However my family was still represented as my cousin Clare Hinks spoke this year for the first time at a paranormal convention about her Mediumship.

Not long after Sage Paracon saw Paraforce UK take place in Essex and I was lucky enough to attend in order to blog about the convention. Also in attendance with me was Kerry Greenaway, as it was her first Paranormal convention type event. We both arrived and attend the various talks throughout the weekend, which were all good. Check out my write up of Day One and Day Two for a lot more details on this years convention.

The SPR Study Day

This year I also attended my first SPR Study Day, which I found massively fascinating and helped inspire me greatly in the work that I do in the Paranormal field, especially as I found a few of my own mini-books on display in the SPR library. That discovery was certainly unexpected, but a great reminder that I have still so much to do.

A Few Little Projects

My appearances on ParaSearch Radio with Kerry Greenaway lead to many a long discussion on the paranormal. This also sparked a few little projects which we are working on together, with the help of Graham Smith and Paul Rook. As usual though I am not content with one or two paranormal projects, so watch this space to hear more on those moving forward into 2018.

A Heck of a Lot of Thanks

For all those that I have been fortunate to work with in 2017 on various paranormal investigations, projects, radio shows, conventions and more; I would just like to say a massive thank you to you all. Also, to all those that have taken the time to buy my books and read my blog posts, a huge thank you to you all. You’re all fantastic people and I hope you return to read more of my blogs, books and more next year.

Have a very Happy New Year to you all

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Paranormal Evidence Review 

A Little on Evidence

Over the years I’ve heard the term ‘evidence’ thrown around in relation to the paranormal on many occasions, I’ve even used it a few times myself in the past. Although these days I’m more inclined to believe that perhaps ‘evidence’ might be a little bit of a step too far and equally could be the reason said suggested ‘evidence’ receives such backlash on social media.

You see the term evidence in simple form means; the available body of facts or information indicating whether a belief or proposition is true or valid. That’s true or valid, which is important. In my opinion this very concept suggests that evidence is absolute as true has no grey area.

If we had found evidence of the paranormal then we would have proof that was undeniable.

Now a few reading this may indeed argue that we in the paranormal may not have concrete proof of the paranormal, but we do collect various facts, information, etc which should be considered evidence in that they are each pieces of the greater puzzle.

So, I’m not going to say we should stop using the term because it’s all a bit wrong, but perhaps we could start working better to understand those smaller pieces of evidence to ensure they are taking us in the right direction.

Peer Review Perhaps

With all this in mind I have decided to add to the Metetherial Project a section for peer review of probable paranormal evidence. However this will be based on cooperation of the individual who has originally submitted the piece of evidence to the public domain in the first place. Basically, I’m not about to go hunting the internet for pictures, video and audio then writing posts on them stating how I think their fake! After all I think social media has this pretty well covered.

If I stumble on something that is within the public domain though I may politely ask its originator if they would like to submit it for peer review by me and whom ever else I can rope into the review. That way we can objectively look at the ‘evidence’ and hopefully generate a report on it, which could be posted on my website.

My First Evidence Review

With all this in mind I actually did stumble on such a piece of evidence that made its way from social media to the newspapers. This was a photograph captured by Claire Cowell at 30 East Drive of the Black Monk of Pontefract. Straight away such a claim based on only a photo would no doubt generate mixed feelings of its contents. So, here is the photo..

 

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Claire Cowell’s Photo

Once I located Claire I asked her if she would be willing to submit her photo for review by myself and a few others. Of course with many in the paranormal, Claire was more than happy for me to look into the photo and open to probable explanations.

I continued to chat with Claire in order to gather some additional information around this photo and the circumstance it was taken in. I also advised Claire of my intention and approach for the review, which would be to analyse the photo and also seek the opinion of a few others in the field.

First Impressions of the Photo

Of course like anyone looking at a photo like this we establish our first impressions quite early on and often they can be influenced by a great number of things too. It’s important to see the review through and cover off as much as possible, especially when you’re dealing with a field where there are many possibilities out there.

My own first impression was that a member of the team had moved from the living room and gone upstairs, Claire’s photo had caught this without realising it. Then perhaps seen it later not realising what had occurred at the time it was taken.

This is a common mistake and to be honest one I have made at one point, where the lack of a consistent timeline means that in review we can often mistake normal things for something paranormal. However in this photo’s case Claire is sure that she  reviewed the picture directly after it was taken and is very certain that it wasn’t one of the team. In fact there was a sequence of events that lead to her taking the picture which included hearing something being thrown. There’s obviously much more to this story, which I will include in the evidence review, so keep an eye out for it right here.

This Is Where You Come In

If you’ve got a piece of ‘evidence’ that you would like me to review with the help of various members of the field, please don’t hesitate to contact me using info@ashleyknibb.com

Also, if you would like to get involved and help add to reviews, please contact me with your details.

At the end of the day moving the field forward is all about cooperation in a respectful manner to others. Hopefully this will be a little step in the right direction.

Thank you to Claire Cowell for allowing me use your photo as the first piece of evidence to be reviewed.

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