ACADEMICS have warned that fear of a ‘haunted’ house in a Scottish village could be contagious. The caretaker of a 17th century flax mill near Kennoway, Fife, has reported various paranormal activities at the property in the two years he has been there. His family and fellow workers have heard strange noises in the houses and unusual voices, as well as ghost-like figures appearing inside and the TV volume going up and down by itself. They’ve even called in expert ‘ghostbusters’ to try and get the bottom of what’s happening. Now, one of the country’s top paranormal experts has warned that fear and anticipation of apparently paranormal events can be “contagious”.
Professor Caroline Watt – who holds Edinburgh University’s Koestler Chair of Parapsychology – feels fear of paranormal activity can be “socially contagious” as hysteria builds up around a certain house. Professor Watt said: “Research has shown that people’s expectations can influence how they react to naturally occurring ambiguous sights and sounds in their environment.Fear of ghosts can be contagious, Edinburgh academic claims Parapsychologist Dr Caroline Watt claims the fear of the paranormal can be contagious.
Professor Caroline Watt – who holds Edinburgh University’s Koestler Chair of Parapsychology – feels fear of paranormal activity can be “socially contagious” as hysteria builds up around a certain house. Professor Watt said: “Research has shown that people’s expectations can influence how they react to naturally occurring ambiguous sights and sounds in their environment.
“For example, one study by researchers from Illinois University at Springfield took two groups on a tour of a disused theatre. “One group was told the theatre was haunted, while the other was told it was under renovation. “Both groups reported unusual sights and sounds, however more intense paranormal-type experiences were reported by the ‘haunted’ group. “In that study, each group member toured the theatre individually. However the same researchers have found evidence to support their theory that fear and anticipation of ghostly experiences can be socially contagious leading to an increased number of false perceptions of ghosts.” Her claims are backed up by Professor Christopher French, head of the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit as the Department of Psychology, Goldsmiths, University of London. Professor French specialises in conspiracy theories and false memories and admits that usually there are legitimate reasons for incidents people think are paranormal.
He said: “Sometimes, just by chance, you’d expect to get a run of such mildly ‘anomalous’ events over a relatively short time period.Some of the events probably have physical explanations. For example, the TV volume fluctuating is probably nothing more than a fault in the equipment. “The nocturnal apparitions may well be examples of sleep paralysis, a scary but harmless hallucinatory experience that is common in both children and adults.”
Gary Schwartz is the director of the laboratory for advances in consciousness and health at the University of Arizona. He’s been researching the paranormal for close to 20 years and has, as he said, been forced to accept the realities of them.
It’s a conclusion that I have come to based on so much evidence that I can no longer, with integrity, dismiss the evidence as untrue
So this guy studied to be a fake psychic medium so he could learn all the tricks of the trade. Then he investigate people claiming to be legit mediums. If they could provide intimate details of a deceased person that could not be researched but verified by a family member, they were considered legit.
once you know that some mediums are real, they’re not all fakes and not all frauds, and you can’t explain it by any of our standard conventional ways, you then have to accept the data and follow it where it takes you.
Now this is where science gets the better of me.
In an article published in Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing, Schwartz concluded that it was possible to measure the presence of spirit by an increase in photons in an otherwise black box when a spirit appeared inside the box.
He’s now trying to identify spirits using a method astronomers use to see planets around distant stars. The only way to detect the planets is when they pass in front of the star, blocking its light. In the same way, Schwartz hopes to detect spirits by having them pass their hands through a beam of light. When the spirits’ photons block the light, he can detect the presence of ghosts. So far, he said, the technology is only 70 percent accurate, which is statistically significant but will require further testing.
The paranormal field has been using this technique with laser grids for quite some time. Success is iffy at best, in my humble opinion. Not 70% in my experience.
Sorry its been so long since my last post, but let me explain: I started a new job that I absolutely love at the beginning of October. This means all that free time I used to have reviewing evidence and keeping up with the paranormal is gone. On the weekends I have to do what I can’t do during the week like buy groceries, do laundry, wash dishes- household maintenance stuff. So basically I am flat-out of time.
The whole think makes me anxious because for all I know, I have the greatest evidence of the paranormal sitting on my hard drive somewhere. Although to that extent, no where we’ve investigated has seemed to be haunted in the least.
I did have a dream that 2 of my fellow long-time paranormal friends and I went to a most haunted house, with lamps flying on their own and full-bodied apparitions. Closer to Disney than real-life, of course.
I am still keeping up with the paranormal and will try to at least share the news with you. If nothing else, check out the ATL GA Ghost Girls facebook page. Tracy (and sometimes I) post interesting news bits there.
Be back soon, I promise.
I personally don’t care for country music but for those who do
There’s just so much garbage here I can’t even begin to address it, so read at your own risk:
Thought we had this conversation but just in case…
I’ve debated getting one but I don’t want anything bad to happen to my baby girl.