Why Paranormal Research?

With tonight’s radio show looming, I’ve been trying to record videos to answer the most likely questions.  (They’re at my YouTube channel.)

Here’s the latest, explaining why I’m still a paranormal researcher, and a little about what I do that’s unique.

The “TL;DR” summary..?

One of my main goals is to be sure that everyone who wants a paranormal experience, can have one.

In this video, I describe some of the nuts-and-bolts of my work.

That goal is why I keep fine-tuning my system of analyzing repeating patterns of odd, ghostly, and other paranormal events.

With that information, I can often predict when & where people will encounter something eerie. And, in some cases, I can share insights about how to increase the chances of it happening, with specific triggers. That’s not just about objects, but also about the kind of person (or his/her demeanor) that seems to make a difference.

2 thoughts on “Why Paranormal Research?”

  1. Hi Fiona, i’m a passionate student in high school and I was very intrigued by your Mandela Effects blog. I was given the chance to talk about my final exam speech with my fellow teacher and I decided to choose The Mandela Effect, and discuss how our prefrontal cortex (memory part of our brain) is able to remember different things that seemly never happened. So my question for you is that do you honestly believe in the capability that some of ours brains remember different quotes and or sentences in our favourite shows or movies? How can your opinion differ from someone elses, and possibly change their perspective?

    1. Hi, Sylvie, and thanks for asking about this. I think the Mandela Effect could be one of several things, and it varies with the person and the memory. As a paranormal researcher, I’m accustomed to starting with open-minded research, and then I shift to skeptic and try to debunk whatever-it-is.

      So, when someone has a Mandela Effect memory – something that doesn’t match apparent, recorded history – I first question how, when, and in what context they recall whatever-it-is. For example, something they overheard is very different from a first-person experience. A memory from a time when the person was going through difficulties… that’s a filter that can blur memories or highlight them intensely.

      But, when the person is absolutely, 100% certain of the memory, I tend to trust their judgment. I don’t try to change their minds. And, unless the memory disturbs them and I have a reasonable alternate explanation, I’m happy to acknowledge that the person has that memory.

      I can’t evaluate others’ memories, any more than I can affirm someone’s apparent encounter with a ghost or other paranormal experience. These are very subjective topics.

      I can confirm that a certain alternate memory is shared by many other people. Likewise, with research, I can tell someone if a site is supposed to be haunted, and if others have had similar experiences there.

      In terms of deliberately changing someone’s perspective, I suppose “brainwashing” techniques could be used to implant a false/alternate memory. For more about that, I recommend Cialdini’s book, Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion. Increasingly, especially in social media, those kinds of tactics are at work. I would hope no one is using them in ways related to the Mandela Effect, but that is one reason I shut down comments at MandelaEffect.com: Trolls were showing up in large numbers, and making ridiculous claims that – to me – were obviously fake. (It helped that I did some IP number research, to see where those oddly phrased comments were coming from.)

      Something similar is going on at this website, which is why it took me so long to reply to you; I had to weed through a preposterous number of troll-like comments to get to yours. (This morning, it looks I’ll be screening recent comments for at least another hour.) I hope people are aware of what’s going on, particularly with topics like the Mandela Effect, and the efforts made to persuade others not to trust their own memories.

      Sincerely, Fiona

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