Monday, May 10, 2010
What can we expect in the future of ghost hunting? From séances, ouija boards and the parlor tricks of the turn-of-the-century, we moved into the era of voice recording and photography and onward to today’s ghost hunter who arms himself with a combination of recording equipment and electrician’s tools. In general, the tools of the trade are still extremely crude and mostly ineffective.
So, the future will have to bring with it more controlled studies and fewer free-form wanderings around old buildings. Experiments will need to be held with lots of controls, shielding from man-made radio waves and EMF transmissions. The goal will be to bring the ghosts to them, not go to the ghosts. Testing with different conditions to try to reproduce or attract hauntings will be a large part of the studies.
Recently an experiment was tested in a lab trying to create a haunted room with high levels of EMF to see if people in that part of the room felt it and perhaps experienced some of the sensations. The problem with studies so far are that they address just one aspect of hauntings, such as the sense of being watched in the experiment above. It will take some scientists with funding and open minds and so far the science community hasn’t shown an interest in the paranormal, although they’re fine with theories of alternate dimensions and universes.
The problem is, ghosts in the traditional sense are tagged onto the concept of paranormal and supernatural which scientists chalk up to belief systems and religious inspiration, therefore not science. The fact is, hauntings show themselves through sounds, sights, sensations and smells, so technically they are using our physical world to manifest and therefore should be dependent on the rules of physics and well within the realm of scientific inquiry. This change in point of view will definitely help to bring more minds onboard into research.
Another area of research will no doubt be testing psychically and through brain MRI imaging, the minds of the people who have experienced multiple ghostly encounters in search of what they might possess in their brain structures that makes them better able to perceive. As well, tests could be set up with observers wearing EEG electrode montages and having their brain frequencies measured as they run into activity in the field. We might consider taking people who have nightly visitations into sleep study labs to see what sorts of nighttime brain stimulation they have that could be attracting activity because they are receptive mentally or perhaps giving them input that they assume is a ghost when it’s really hypnogogic phenomenon. As well, caps made to measure electrical activity in people when they encounter phenomenon or psychics when they "communicate" with the dead, might be able to determine how to stimulate the brain to receive this information for longer periods of time, thus making it possible to keep the channel open and talk back and forth for hours at a time.
The immediate future of ghost hunting will more than likely involve it peaking with technology like the Bigfoot industry with field trap cameras and infrared beams to check for motion and drones filming from above. Ghost hunting will involve much more camera and audio coverage. Even with all of those recording devices, there will be people disputing what’s captured. When you believe something, you will see it. When you don’t want to believe something, you won’t see it. It’s pretty straightforward in human nature. In the case of ghosts, until you are in a situation in which something paranormal definitely happens and you witness it yourself, no evidence will influence you.
Ultimately, for all the trappings of our present-day ghost hunting, it is still the individual and his five known senses that are the best proof.
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