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Not the Ghosts they are looking for

...the allegedly haunting effects of EM radiation

By OkaPublished 5 months ago 7 min read
The Paranormal Research and Development Society since October 27, 2001

“Energy cannot be created or destroyed; it can only be changed from one form to another.” - Albert Einstein

It is no secret that human beings generate a measurable energy field. Aural photography (which does not really capture auras) even demonstrates a visible example of the human energy field.

The longstanding hypothesis that afterlife entities are energy based beings stems from a statement made by Albert Einstein concerning matters of energy's infallibility to both creation and destruction. Contemporary paranormal investigators rationalize it as evidence in and of itself that if energy cannot be created, then energy simply is. If it cannot be destroyed, then energy simply is... and, they reason, if energy cannot be destroyed because energy is, then when a person dies, their energy has to go somewhere.

...and so we get entities such as spirits, ghosts and demons (what the PRDS calls Afterlife Entities). Energy always was, and so it will always be.

On the surface, this "logic" appears to have some merit, especially for those who so strongly believe in phenomena, such as AEs and alleged hauntings (AHs).

This is not an article on whether Einstein's statement applies to the afterlife, but that energy is, and energy does in fact affect us.

Barring the hypothesis that AEs are energy based beings formed from the lifeforce of those who pass but refuse to move on, or infernal entities who were once created as angels from fire; what does the energy around us do, and how does it affect us and our environment?

In the pursuit of finding new ways to improve the efficacy of paranormal investigation, paranormal investigators tend to share dogmatic views, claiming metaphysics as fact under the ever looming shadow of tried and tested, yet still unproven pseudosciences.

Everything in the "field" of paranormal investigation is guesswork, and while some investigators attempt to borrow credibility by utilizing scientific language, and explaining how their various contemporary tools function, the failure is drawn not from the tools their selves but from the misuse of those tools, and the function those selfsame tools provide.

The greatest instrument in the paranormal investigator's arsenal of tools is the gauss meter, and this alone is folly from the start. Where most veteran investigators may call newcomers "amateur investigators", the reality is (whether we as individuals, or as practicing paranormal societies like it or not) that all people in paranormal investigation are amateurs playing the role as investigator or mad scientist. The imprudence so few catch is in the instruments their selves.

The Gauss Meter, often used interchangeably with EMF detector. These tools are similar, but not the same. The EMF detector does what its name suggests, presenting EMF data detected by alternating current (or AC) fields from man made sources such as electrical wiring. The Gauss Meter (also called a magnometer) detects direct current (or DC) fields which are naturally occurring from the Earth's geomagnetic field.

Paranormal investigators, veterans and newcomers alike, swear by these devices. The K2 meter is the popular brand of choice as its name alone appears to inspire trust in those outside of the paranormal "field". Understanding first, the function of EMF detectors and gauss meters will aid in understanding the what energy does and can do.

Before proceeding, and to be clear, there is no factual data that EMF meters can detect AEs. As Mr. Leland Teschler underscores in his ill received (but compelling) article, the theory behind utilizing EMF / Gauss meters to detect the presence of AEs was first theorized in 1996 by Michael Persinger, a Canadian neuroscientist who was attempting to link God (however someone perceives Him) as an energy field, and the human brain as a map to the human soul.

Dr. Persinger was not the first scientist to attempt to connect science to the afterlife, though he did at least contribute a hypothesis and a shaky conclusion, that all of our experiences in the paranormal can be summed up to stimulation of specific parts of the brain when exposed to specific wavelengths of electromagnetic radiation. The theory appears to hold water at least to some degree, with obvious questions that science cannot answer at this time (such as: are these sensations hallucinations, or does our brain tune into these wavelengths and allow us to sense or see what we normally would or could not?).

...which brings us to electromagnetic radiation. Most people, due to the popularity of paranormal entertainment, are aware of EMF detectors and Gauss meters (though unlikely to discern the purpose of the two unless in a profession that uses them for their intended purpose), and so are aware to some degree of electromagnetic radiation.

Those curious of electromagnetic radiation may even do a google search and read up on the effects of EMF, but for those who do not or have not, excessive sums of electromagnetic radiation can have serious health consequences, though it would be unethical not to state that there are opposing theories to which degree of consequence.

An article released on PubMed by the National Library of Medicine argues that excessive exposure to EM radiation can cause the destruction of DNA at the cellular levelThe same site however, argues against this, suggesting that results are inconclusive to what degree of health implications. In spite of the conflicting reports (from the same site no less), there are additional reports that suggests that cellular destruction could have medical applications such as combating cancer.

EM radiation may also contribute to - much like Dr. Persinger's "God Helmet - hallucinations, though unlike the "God Helmet", these hallucinations do not conform to a controlled study, with controlled exposure in a controlled environment. An article released by MIT technology review suggests that phenomena such as ball lightning may be a result of hallucinations brought on by exposure to EM radiation. An article from the Skeptical Inquirer admits to finding the theory interesting but notes that it is only a theory at this time, and one which has not yet been proven. That being said, it appears that to some degree, the Building Biology Institute suggests that there is mounting evidence that EM radiation can cause serious negative side effects and offers seminars and a syllabus for those interested in hearing their perspective.

The website for Bio-Medical Central presents the hypothesis that some people are more sensitive to EM radiation than others, and the article is compelling. The summary of the article would suggest that, yes, it causes at least audio hallucinations ("hearing voices"). It is no accident that the article is written (once again) by the late Dr. Persinger.

The problem with the data presented, is that paranormal investigators and ghost hunters are cherry picking information without presenting all of the facts, and encouraging through misinformation (as half a truth is still deception), that EM radiation and EMF itself denote the presence of AEs.

These gross oversimplifications allow the proliferation of inaccurate information to spread between paranormal investigators, ghost hunters and legend trippers, often spread as scientific and canonical fact, when it is in fact only theory and hypothesis providing at the very best a crude map, and at worst, a path in the wrong direction. This practice, above occult instruments, and other arcane, occult or esoteric methods, discredits the field further in an ongoing scientific disconnect.

The ongoing behavior within the paranormal "field" reeks of desperation. More often and more broadly, the practice of paranormal investigation is compounding upon speculation, jumping - instead of arriving - to conclusions in broad declarative strokes.

True science and real investigation both require objectivity, a trait lacking more now than ever in the "field" of paranormal investigation, research and development. The impatience and desperation of operatives, regardless of individual motives, or some perceived pressure to prove the existence of an afterlife and AEs, has additionally created a highly toxic environment of ridicule, and vitriolic extremes, digital tribes who outright reject any perceived outsider perspectives that contradict their own.

The arguments both for and against the effects of [non-ionizing] EM radiation have merit, though there appears to be more believers than not. It's potential to affect us at a neurological level makes sense, considering that human beings are electrical creatures of nerves and synapses, and though our brains are neither digital, nor analogue, they are affected by energy, electricity and yes, even EM radiation, to some degree.

Given the potential for side effects, logic dictates in an otherwise illogical "field" that paranormal investigators, researchers and developers, ghost hunters and legend trippers, all, should weigh out what they believe they are experiencing, ask why they are experiencing it, and whether they are or are not the ghosts they are looking for.


About the Creator


Founder of the Paranormal Research and Development Society. Paranormal pariah and heretic. There are no experts; there are no answers; there are no rules.

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