Saturday, October 31, 2009
Paranormal Experiment: The Haunted Room
I admit that, although I’m very skeptical of experiments done by Canadian inventor John Hutchison, the idea of his supposed experiments has had my full attention. He apparently used Tesla’s innovations to create a set of conditions with machinery to reportedly levitate objects, fuse metals, and even make metal objects disappear. This was done reportedly through high electromagnetic fields. His experiment supposedly produced many of the same phenomena seen in haunted places.
What I like about this concept is the possibility of recreating the paranormal experience and find out whether its seat is in the mind or the environment or both. I do believe in the right elements for a haunting and if you’ve been following my blog you know my feelings about geology, construction, waterways, and history, but is it possible to actually make a haunting?
I just found this fantastic article which reports that scientists are trying such an experiment! These scientists in London are trying to design a room that would induce haunting effects. This has me so excited, I can barely stand still! According to the article, “they were inspired by earlier studies in which test subjects reported contact with the phantasmic when exposed to electromagnetic fields and waves of infrasound. This hasn’t just taken place in the laboratory. Odd EMF fields have been recorded at reputedly haunted castles. And geomagnetic flux caused by shifting tectonic plates reportedly produces surges in poltergeist sightings. Meanwhile, infrasound waves below the level of human hearing have been linked to visitation.”
Apparently, after constructing this room, scientists tested it out and almost three quarters of participants experienced ghostly encounters within an hour! What they discovered in the end was that, although certain areas of the room were focused for energy that would cause a haunted feeling, participants felt it even in parts of the room that weren’t focused. The results were confusing at best. They aren’t certain if the participants were highly attuned people who can pick up such energies or they were simply suggestible.
The concept is a great one and I truly believe that with the right conditions you can assure the same sensations of being haunted. At this point, I would compare the experiment with the one ongoing about out-of-body (near-death) experiences. Scientists could recreate some sensations, but not all the intricate detail and imagery. In this experiment, much like that one, people felt the sense of being watched someone being near them, dizziness, etc., much like sensations with high EMF nearby and also the same sensations when the temporal lobe is stimulated.
Perhaps what this experiment is lacking is the same thing that near-death experiments are lacking, the element that feeds the supernatural world, a sort of dark energy/ectoplasm for lack of better description. The pathway psychics also access, from which ghostly encounters are born, and near-death experiences sprout. That is the focus of my obsessive search for what sort of “highway” the paranormal travels upon.
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