scientific Studies

Anomalistic Psychology, Quantum Theory, Environmental, Biological and the like.
How science and the paranormal interact.

Ghost Hunting Science vs Pseudoscience

Posted by Atticus & Steve Novella on Saturday, November 13, 2010 In : Skepticism 

Following on from the"Ghost hunting, pseudoscience and skepticism" posts that have seemed to gain alot of interest on site. Steve Novella Writes a perfectly balanced analysis of the two writers debate.



Ok, so theres this whole debate thing going on on-site whether ghost-hunting is science or pseudoscience. The first salvo was apparently fired by Michael Dippold, who took the skeptical position. There is also a response by Peter Allen, defending the science of paranormal investigation. I hope t...


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A response to ‘Ghost hunting, pseudoscience and skepticism’

Posted by Atticus & Peter Allen on Saturday, November 13, 2010 In : Skepticism 

Ok, so the previous post on "Ghost hunting, pseudoscience and skepticism" sparked some controversy off it seems.
Below is a responce from what I percieve to be quite a believer. Do i agree with the person who wrote the responce? Not really, but I will not put my thoughts forward on this matter just yet
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Dear RiPA

In the recent critique of ghost hunting, Michael Dippold argued that paranormal investigation is merely pseudoscience. He wrote that "there's not a single shred of ...


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Ghost hunting, pseudoscience and skepticism

Posted by Atticus & Michael Dippold on Saturday, November 13, 2010 In : Skepticism 

Of recent times many more groups are saying that they tackle the paranormal from a "scientific" aspect. This unfortunately is not so true.

RiPA have been arguing against the carbon copies of Most Haunted groups for some while now and we havent made many friends by doing that.
If a group was scientific, then they would be open to criticism and question by their peers. It seems with many that this is not so either.

Micheal Dippold puts this point across for RiPA very well and mirrors all RiPA's th...


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Halloween Post: The "Bloody Mary" illusion

Posted by Atticus & Brad Walters on Friday, October 29, 2010 In : Psychological 

When I was a kid, a popular ghost story that we would all tell around this time of year was the story of "Bloody Mary".  The story is actually very widespread in the UK and U.S, to the point that it has a Wikipedia page, a post on the mythbusting/fact-checking site Snopes.com, a plethora of YouTube videosdevoted to the subject, and numerous mentions in movies and television shows. 

If, somehow, you have never heard this story, it goes like this:
In Colonial times, there was a beautiful woman n...


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Is your house haunted—or is it just drafty?

Posted by Atticus on Friday, October 29, 2010 In : Environmental 

Flickering lights. A slamming door. The scent of perfume wafting through the air. These could all be signs of paranormal activity in your home. But there’s probably a far less haunting explanation—though what it's costing you could be scary. Just in time for Halloween, RiPA takes the fright out of five household phenomena.
 
Cold spots
While drafts could be the result of a restless apparition, they’re more likely caused by air leaks or inadequate insulation. Professional energy auditors...


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