In my last post I made the argument for paranormal research. My basic thought is that as people contemplate the finite nature of existence, they will naturally shift to wondering about the limits of such a life. Paranormal research provides an opportunity to explore these edges.
Now as I stand on the precipice of my own investigation into the paranormal, I am confronted with uncertainty about where to go next. So I did what any other researcher in the 21st century would do. I went to Wikipedia to get a rundown on the situation.
Two things stood out for me on Wikipedia’s Paranormal page. The first is the definition of “Paranormal”. And, second, what types of paranormal research exist.
Paranormal events are purported phenomena described in popular culture, folk, and other non-scientific bodies of knowledge, whose existence within these contexts is described as beyond normal experience or scientific explanation.
Wikipedia continue this definition by citing Terrence Hines who states:
Thus, paranormal phenomena include extrasensory perception (ESP), telekinesis, ghosts, poltergeists, life after death, reincarnation, faith healing, human auras, and so forth. The explanations for these allied phenomena are phrased in vague terms of “psychic forces”, “human energy fields”, and so on.
The research into the paranormal is broken down into anecdotal, participant-observer and the skeptical investigation approach.
The anecdotal method will reveal some great stories, the participant-observer method makes for great television, the skeptical investigation applies the scientific method in an attempt to reach a rational, science-based explanation of claims of paranormal phenomenon. The skeptical approach takes into account that alleged paranormal abilities and occurrences are sometimes hoaxes or misinterpretations of natural phenomena.
This quick Wiki dive has revealed that the field of paranormal research is vast. The multiple routes in which to explore in this research is compounded by the various phenomenon that can be examined. The choices are endless and somewhat daunting. As I contemplate my own next steps I am unsure of a starting point. Do I go with an exploration into a specific type of phenomenon? Or do I dive into the structure of a specific research method?
I am driven to explore the anecdotal research because I believe it would be interesting. Also, I am also drawn to explore the phenomenon of human energy fields and all the places this might lead. I can, of course, blend the two of these ideas together and collect anecdotal stories about the human energy fields and see where that leads me.
So here I go. Down the rabbit hole in search of stories of human energy fields and psychic abilities.
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