Ghost hunting is a serious pursuit, and more and more groups are adopting strict protocols to protect their credibility and achieve their goals. Gone are the days of the “barging-around-an-old-house” approach that used to be popular. Today, groups that ignore the scientific approach quickly find themselves without clients and faced with genuine credibility issues.
The scientific approach to credible ghost hunting is all about gathering and following evidence, only declaring an incident paranormal once all natural explanations have been discarded. This is not always easy, and it may be at odds with investigations that seek only to solve mysteries, rather than foster or debunk them. However, groups that are serious about obtaining hard evidence of a haunting must necessarily follow similar rules in order to achieve their goals.
For example, ghost hunting groups should always obtain permission to visit the site, clearing it with whatever agency or person controls access. They should also investigate in teams, with investigators buddy up so no one is alone. Strict records should be kept of the equipment in use, and electronic equipment should be checked over before being used in the field to ensure its reliability.
The phenomenon that has been reported should be analyzed for reproducibility by natural means. Evidence should be carefully screened and reviewed with the aim of debunking it, and evidence that cannot be debunked should be properly archived and preserved. The goal is to gather credible, reproducible evidence of life after death, communications from those who have passed on, poltergeist phenomena, or even malevolent hauntings. If any evidence is in doubt, it should be discarded.
The scientific approach can be a hard discipline to learn, and not all investigators see it as a good thing, especially when it emphasizes gathering evidence over helping the people who are being disturbed. The best ghost hunters are the people who do not lose sight of why they got into the field in the first place: simply to help people. If tons of evidence is gathered on a case but the family has been driven out of their home, the case does not have a happy resolution.
Some of the most compelling events occur when an investigator has a personal encounter with a paranormal event. However, if these personal experiences are not backed up by physical evidence in the form of a photo or recording, they are not considered hard evidence, even if another person was there to witness it.
It is important that information should be gathered using the scientific method. This may involve defining the question, gathering information and resources, forming a hypothesis, performing experiments and collecting data, analyzing the data, interpreting the data, drawing conclusions, publishing results, and always retesting.
Scientific approach helps people stay credible when ghost hunting. It’s crucial for any ghost hunting group that wants to maintain its credibility and achieve its goals to adhere to scientific method. By following strict protocols and always being open to testing and retesting, ghost hunters can gather solid, credible evidence and help those who are being disturbed.
Additionally, it is important for ghost hunting groups to be transparent in their methods and findings. This means being willing to share information about the equipment and techniques used during investigations, as well as the results of any experiments or tests. This level of transparency helps to build trust with clients and the wider community, and can also help to improve the overall quality of ghost hunting research.
Another important aspect of staying credible while ghost hunting is being open to criticism and willing to change course if necessary. This means being willing to reevaluate findings or hypotheses if new information becomes available, or if methods are called into question. It is important for ghost hunters to be flexible and willing to change their approach if it means obtaining more reliable or accurate results.
Finally, it is important for ghost hunting groups to stay up to date with the latest developments in the field. This includes staying informed about new research and findings, as well as keeping abreast of the latest advances in technology and equipment. By staying current and informed, ghost hunting groups can ensure that they are using the most reliable methods and tools available, and can continue to build on the knowledge and understanding of the field.
In conclusion, staying credible while ghost hunting requires following strict protocols, being transparent and open, being open to criticism and willing to change course, and staying current with the latest developments in the field. By following these guidelines, ghost hunting groups can maintain their credibility, achieve their goals, and ultimately help the people they are trying to assist.