Sunday, April 17, 2011

The Future of Ghost Hunting

I like to occasionally write about concepts in the evolution of paranormal research. I keep using the word “ghost” because no other word quite captures the phenomena associated with “haunted” locations. But, what if we could prove the afterlife once and for all?

All the photography, EVPs, and video in the world will not prove ghosts. What will prove them? Some exciting outside the box thinking, technology and custom experiments.

Did you know that in one ER they mounted a scrolling screen atop a cabinet facing the ceiling where no one can see it and it scrolls random messages. Why? So if someone has an out of body experience and can report what they saw on the screen while hovering over their own body, they might answer the question of whether we actually do have a consciousness that rises out of the body during the moment of near-death.

Here's another exciting advancement:

(Wiki) A brain–computer interface (BCI), sometimes called a direct neural interface or a brain–machine interface (BMI), is a direct communication pathway between the brain and an external device.

BCI's are being worked on to assist people with limited mobility to be able to interact with a computer, say, while being quadriplegic or having debilitating diseases such as Lou Gehrig Disease.

Already, there are computers and robotic arms hooked up to subjects like chimps who can think where they want the robotic arm to move to feed them or to choose items on a computer screen by the movement of their eyes.

So, what does this mean for the world of ghost hunting? Imagine that we have the telepathic ability for the mind to recall a past event, show it on a screen or to think words and have them scroll across the screen. What does this mean when a person dies? Would we finally be able to see their final images of an afterlife? Communicate even?

Exciting things on the horizon and not just for the amazing advances on helping those who are immobile, but perhaps having a wide-scope of cascading effects in other areas of research!

What would you invent in terms of research of the paranormal in the future? Computer interactions? Dying memory chip implants? How about a death room filled with potential ways the dead could communicate as they pass on?


  1. That's pretty damn creepy about the TV with the random messages.

    I think computer interactions would be high on the list of future paranormal investigation tool inventions, and not just because technology sells. It does have it's benefits in collecting, storing and sorting data, which is probably a must for anyone serious in ANY type of research.

  2. RR;
    The crazy thing is this--humans design cameras, computers and such things to pick up what we see and how we think, but all we know as humans is so very limited so our machines are limited too. The technology is only as good as the insight we have. Without any insight into phenomena, we run around with electrician's tools hoping to catch something. My Mind Fuck Tuesday post might just change everyone's view of the other side...

  3. i think after or before life can exist only if you define things using time.

  4. Hey Echo;
    I'm a strange bird, but I actually don't believe in time. I think it's a measure humans invented to explain tasks that they have accomplished over a lifetime or many lifetimes. Having dates and times seems to help us make sense of events. I don't see time as something that is over each second. Events come and go, but there is no time. You cannot get an event back but that does not mean you have lost the time in which it occurred. Confusing but true. We see ourselves as having limited time as mortals so we use a clock to measure the aging process, but we made it seem as though by sitting still and doing nothing, time is ticking by even when we are still. I don't see there being time, only me sitting or me walking or me playing basketball. I know, I'm a freak! Still, you keep reading me, so I'm going to guess you are a very progressive thinker.

  5. I love the idea of researching something that main-stream science ignores. I would think anything that visualizes the data that already exist.

    I'm an analytics nut with a background in Graphic design, so this is where I would naturally go.

    I love infographics, and believe when presented properly can reveal quite a bit.

  6. Guy--that's seriously cool! You are on interesting dude! I like to think outside the box. Hell, I didn't even know there IS a box people were trying to fit into. I say burn it! I am hoping to do a BF hunt this year. I'll have to get in touch with you.

  7. I'm totallt with you on using computers to help with this kind of research especially in terms of communications. Mostly because computers and the human brain act so much alike.

  8. The Wolf;
    You're right. Long ago I considered a machine I called the Medusa. The idea would be to hook up the EMF meter, thermometer, motion detectors and all the equipment we use on hunts to a computer so that they are real time recording and graphing to see if EMF spikes also mean temperature drops or whatever might correlate to find out if any of this shit is even worth anything and to look for patterns so in the future we can anticipate activity by knowing what happens on readings as it's rising up and then dissipating. We really need more minds working on it and there aren't any better "minds" than computers.