The Reality of Psi – A Shift in Past Attitudes

Reality of Psi - A Shift in Past AttitudesThis week, Mark – a friend and visitor to my ghost hunting site, HollowHill.com – posted a comment about a recent report in the American Psychological Association’ academic journal.

The Daily Grail summarized the report and some of its implications, in The Reality of Psi: Leading Journal Publishes a Paper Revealing for Superpowers of the Mind.

Here’s the opening of that article.

Is controversial research into telepathy and other seeming ‘super-powers’ of the mind starting to be more accepted by orthodox science? In its latest issue, American Psychologist – the official peer-reviewed academic journal of the American Psychological Association – has published a paper that reviews the research so far into parapsychological (‘psi’) abilities, and concludes that the “evidence provides cumulative support for the reality of psi, which cannot be readily explained away by the quality of the studies, fraud, selective reporting, experimental or analytical incompetence, or other frequent criticisms.”

The new paper – “The experimental evidence for parapsychological phenomena: a review“, by Etzel Cardeña of Lund University – also discusses recent theories from physics and psychology “that present psi phenomena as at least plausible”, and concludes with recommendations for further progress in the field.

The abstract of that paper summarized a dilemma many paranormal researchers deal with, daily.

“Throughout history, people have reported events that seem to violate the common sense view of space and time.”

Of course, that’s been a long-time issue: Arguing against closed minds that reject our “what if?” musings as contrary to common sense.

Worse, those critics seem to portray our questions as assertions, when we’re simply trying to open the door to scientific investigations.

But now, papers like Cardeña’s provide support. We can point to that research and repeat what we’ve been saying since at least the 19th century: Let’s explore these topics to find the real answers.

I’m delighted to see us move beyond absolute rejection under the guise of “common sense.”

Right now, my favorite quote is, “The important thing is not to stop questioning.” That’s something Albert Einstein said.

Or, as the Bible reminds us, “knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” (Matthew 7:7)

I feel as if we’ve waited a long time for this door to be opened, even a sliver.

Yes, it’s just one paper, but it’s a significant step forward.

Sources

Daily Grail article: http://psycnet.apa.org/doiLanding?doi=10.1037%2Famp0000236

The abstract: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29792448

The full paper: http://psycnet.apa.org/doiLanding?doi=10.1037%2Famp0000236

Photo credit: Marko Blazevic for Unsplash.

2018 – A New Year for Ghost Hunting

2018 has arrived, and I think it’s going to be one of ghost hunting’s most interesting years so far.

Over the past few years, things changed radically in paranormal research.  For example, TV shows took ghost hunting to extremes – sometimes truly ridiculous. (No, there is no evidence that “shadow people” kill anyone. Ever.)

The good news is: It looks like many (not all) popular media are more grounded, or at least moving their paranormal coverage in that direction.

In addition, a new generation of ghost hunters are entering the field. They have fresh ideas. New approaches. Interesting ways of looking at paranormal research. And some great questions.

But yes, they’re also a little jaded by how this field twisted and turned over the past decade or so.

Looking back, I think many of us feel that way, especially after seeing what greed can do. (The story of Ideal Event Management is so negative, I was on the fence about mentioning it. But now… well, it looks like a lot of friends & fans were impacted. So, I’ll address it here.)

I’d known Marc Tetlow from his earliest days in ghost hunting, back when he was a reporter in Nashua, NH, reading Hollow Hill articles on his lunch break.

I met him in real life after he started representing Jason Hawes & friends, when the Ghost Hunters TV series launched. That’s when Marc became my agent, as well.

Everything seemed fine until 2010. Marc created an embarrassing (and very public) scene at Dragon Con. That’s when I asked him to remove me from his list of clients.

In retrospect, I wish I’d been more outspoken about the problems I saw, before others lost tens of thousands of dollars to Marc.

Did I lose money to him? Maybe. There were a few red flags, but I have no idea.

I’m looking forward, not back. Providing great value and cool insights to my readers… that’s my biggest concern.

And, I think 2018 is going to open new doors to paranormal explorations and discoveries.

Yes, for many paranormal researchers, 2016 and 2017 were difficult years. People pointed to poorly attended events and sagging TV ratings. Several haunted sites reinvented themselves, omitting any mention of ghosts.

Even the Ghost Hunters TV series was cancelled.

To many people, things looked grim for ghost investigations.

But – as usual – my outlook was a little different. By mid-2017, I started seeing interesting new trends in the field.

That’s when I removed all of my indie-published books from Amazon, etc. They needed updates & rewrites. (For me, there’s no such thing as just “good enough” for my friends & fans. I always want you to have the best information I can provide.)

Ghost Hunting in Tilton, NH - 3rd editionSome of my friends did the same with their books.

One book I contributed to, Ghost Hunting in Tilton, New Hampshire, has been re-released this month. It’s more than double its previous size.

That book is in Kindle, and it’s 99 cents during January 2018. (Rue tells me there will be a print edition, later in January.)

Meanwhile, I’m revising my own books, but – during January – my free ghost hunting course is a higher priority. I expect to complete the videos and free worksheets, etc., around the middle of this month.

(March 2018 update: Okay, that was an unrealistic prediction. June is a more likely completion date for that first course.)

After that, I’ll be back at work on book revisions, new books, site updates, freebies, podcasts, videos, and – of course – quirky paranormal research ideas.

I’m excited about 2018. I think we’ll see some tremendous breakthroughs and exciting new trends in ghost hunting… and in paranormal research, in general.

I’ll update you with news, as I see things taking shape.

Thanks for your interest, support, and input about my sometimes-weird (but usually fun) research into odd phenomena.

I hope your 2018 is tremendous, as well.

Hallowfields Ghost Hunting Academy

Hallowfields Ghost Hunting Academy is my newest website. I’ve been working on this project since mid-2017.

HallowfieldsThe concept is simple: It’s an educational site for paranormal researchers, with entirely free courses.

Initially, I’d planned a generic name: Ghost Hunting Academy. One of my publishers secured that URL for me, and we set up a basic website.

Then I realized the name was too generic. It could be forgotten easily, or  confused with similar names like “ghost hunting school,” and so on.

After a few weeks’ thought, the name Hallowfields sounded good to me. It’s a little of Halloween, mixed with fields of paranormal study.

I decided to launch the site shortly before Christmas/Yule, and settled on today – December 15th – for the opening of the site. (It sounded good at the time.)

Well… it looks like I was a little too optimistic about the work involved. But, I launched the site today, anyway.

Full moonThe text for the first course, the 2017 edition of Introduction to Ghost Hunting, is complete and at the Hallowfields site.

The course has many new, free downloads – mostly worksheets – as well.

So, students can start the course immediately, and complete it. They’ll even receive a printable certificate/diploma at the conclusion.

But, that course doesn’t have all the bells & whistles I’ve envisioned. In fact, I’m currently working on videos to supplement it.

Those videos will probably start arriving at the website next week.

A software glitch delayed today’s video recording. But, I finally found the problem. Now, the first video – a very short one – is in the first lesson of the course. It’s a start. I’m feeling victorious.

I’ll add more free worksheets in the next couple of weeks, too.

At the start of 2018, I’ll be juggling books – mostly updates/revisions of my older books – and adding more articles and videos at HollowHill.com. I’ll create more courses for Hallowfields, and… I’m still not sure what I’m doing with the Mandela Effect site.

Mostly, I’m excited about the coming year, as I look ahead to 2018. I have the feeling it’s going to be a fun year.

I hope you’re enjoying a wonderful holiday season. Merry Christmas, Happy Yule, and a joyous… well, whichever holiday/s (if any) you celebrate at this time of year.

New Feature at Hollow Hill: Ask Fiona

Halloween moon with owl, tree, and batsHalloween is nearly here. Daily, I receive many questions in email. There’s no way I can answer all of them, individually.

So, I’ve decided to try an alternative: An “Ask Fiona” page where readers can post their questions as comments.

As time permits, I’ll reply with a short answer (and possibly a useful link or two).

For more complicated questions, I’m creating an “Ask Fiona” article series. That’s where I’ll reply with more detailed information.

Due to the volume of questions I receive, I’m not sure this is a good idea. It may be more than I can manage, with the rest of my research & writing.

But, it’s worth a try, and it may be fun.

If you have a question about ghosts, ghost hunting, or haunted places, here’s where you can ask: New Feature: Ask Fiona.