Paranormal Technology is the first book to provide a scientific method for ghost hunting, which includes in-depth explanations of what the collected data means. Paranormal Technology offers new techniques, answers questions, and provides experiments, which will help bridge the gap between the paranormal and science. Written in everyday language, it offers keen insights into the nature of paranormal phenomena, the protocols required for collecting evidence that will stand up to scientific scrutiny, and the possible theories that may explain the source of “Ghosts”. Currently employed test equipment is examined and proper use is covered in great detail. Paranormal Technology is an indispensible aid to any scientific researcher or ghost hunting group, whether you are a beginner, or with many years of experience. This book is not a means to an end, but rather, an invitation to a fresh begining.
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Every currently used piece of technology including some self designed ones are covered in this book, with instructions for what to use, how to use it, and what the data collected means. Also included are experiments, and theories developed over the last 34 years of field research. No ghost hunting group should be without this valuable reference work.
What is a ghost anyway? If you ask this question in paranormal circles, chances are you will get a lot of different answers. A quick internet search alone turns up hundreds of references from hundreds of resources. But no matter what answer you get, or what definition you choose, the common theme is a ghost is believed to be the physical manifestation of a dead person. Unfortunately, the reality of the idea of the existence of a “ghost” is for the most part unproven scientifically. Since our beliefs and perceptions of ghosts are based loosely around folklore and not corroborative scientific research, many naturally explainable phenomena have been mistakenly labeled a “ghost”. In fact, when we take the time to look deeper into the phenomenon of a haunting from a scientific perspective, a plethora of very real scientific possibilities emerge. While the following speculations may seem rather deep to some, they are based on sound scientific principles of physics. I will try to explain the concepts as simple as possible, but some technical jargon is required. Possible scientific explanations of a “ghost” include: Time anomalies – It is very possible that some “haunting” are anomalies that have occurred in the fabric of space-time in such a fashion that when we enter the area of effect, we “witness” an event that has occurred at a previous time in history. This is a result of time being a landscape, not a flowing entity, and based on where you are physically located on that landscape determines the period of time you experience. Some theories, (most notably special and general relativity), point out that certain geometries of space-time, or specific types of motion in space, may possibly allow time travel into the past and future if this landscape is a reality. Generally speaking, in white papers physicists avoid using the terms "moving" or "traveling" through time as movement refers only to a change in spatial position as the time coordinate is varied, and instead discuss the concept of closed time-like curves, which are considered to be world lines that form closed loops in the space-time stew, allowing objects to return to their own past. Interestingly, there are solutions to the equations of general relativity that define space-times which contain closed time-like curves, but the physical plausibility of these solutions has yet to be proven. On the other hand, it may be that certain conditions may occur naturally that cause a spatial flux to occur creating a space-time “nodule” or bubble if you will, which would allow a witness, if contained within the area of effect, to experience events from another time. This would not necessarily break any rules of physics and may be a more plausible explanation for “ghosts”. Physicists assume that if one were to move away from the Earth at relativistic (near light) velocities and return, more time would have passed on Earth than for the traveler. It is therefore accepted that relativity allows "travel into the future". But, many in the scientific community believe that traveling back in time is highly unlikely. Any theory which would allow time travel would require that issues of causality (cause and effect and the resultant time-line alteration) be resolved. The classic example of a problem involving causality is the "grandfather paradox", in which if one were to go back in time and kill one's own grandfather before one's father was conceived, he would have never existed to kill his grandfather in the first place. WARNING! Thinking about things like this can make your head ache. Not so fast though; some scientists believe that paradoxes can be avoided, either by appealing to the Novikov self-consistency principle (the Novikov consistency principle states that if an event exists that would give rise to a paradox, or to any "change" to the past whatsoever, then the probability of that event is zero) or to the notion of branching parallel universes (the casualty simply causes the creating of a new alternate universe in which the new series of events unfold). However, there is another possibility. What if instead of a corporeal body traveling back in time, we experience a glimpse back in time, which may encompass the environment as well as the witness’ perception? Perhaps this has something to do with how psychics see things from the past or the future. Maybe they “glimpse” a notion in time. Simply put, we may be witnessing an event unfold over and over again because of a condition which alters our perception when standing in a specific sphere of influence relating to an event that has occurred in the past. The big question is what the specific sphere of influence is, and what causes it? Parallel dimensions, universes and worlds – This idea is getting a lot of juice now because of new developments in mathematical research at Oxford by Dr. David Deutsch who has demonstrated the mathematical reality of parallel universes, and researchers at other institutions such as Don Page, who is investigating the philosophical implications of quantum mechanical mathematics involved. Don has determined that quantum mechanics' equations imply that there are an infinite number of universes that are as real as the universe revealed by human perception. The universe, it appears, may not be alone. So now we don’t have to feel bad. TRYING to understand what lies behind the bizarre mathematics of quantum mechanics gives even physicists a splitting headache. I don’t know about you but I certainly harbor some comfort from that! A parallel universe or alternative reality per se is a self-contained separate reality that co-exists with our own. This concept is as old as man himself and is reflected in the practices of ancient cultures via shamanism and endures to this day. A related or connected grouping of parallel universes is called a multiverse, although this term has also been used to define the potential parallel universes that comprise physical reality. While the terms "parallel universe" and "alternative reality" are for the most part synonymous with one another and can be used interchangeably in most cases, the term "alternative reality" can also mean that the reality is a variation of our own. The term "parallel universe" on the other hand is more general, lacking any implications of a relationship or lack thereof with our own universe. For example, a universe where the very laws of nature are different, such as it has no relativistic limitations by our definition and the speed of light can be exceeded at will, without consequence, would qualify as a parallel universe but not an alternative reality. Hugh Everett was an American physicist who first proposed the many-worlds interpretation (MWI) of quantum physics in his doctoral thesis back in 1957, as his "relative state" formulation. He left the field of research physics shortly after completing his Ph. D., discouraged at the lack of response to his theories from other physicists. He went on to pioneer the use of generalized Lagrange multipliers in operations research and applied this commercially as a defense analyst and a consultant, becoming a multi-millionaire. So while he was a success, he never fully covered from the ridicule he experienced as a doctoral student. Proponents argue that MWI reconciles how we can perceive non-deterministic events (such as the random decay of a radioactive atom) with the deterministic equations of quantum physics. Prior to the postulation of many worlds our reality had been viewed from the perspective of a single "world-line". Many-worlds introduced it as a many-branched tree where every possible branch of history is realized.
Adventure beyond the Paradigm
David Rountree ventures beyond the mainstream paradigm with a dispassionate analysis of data to reach conclusions and develop implication for further study. Rountree brings his considerable research acumen and scientific knowledge to the paranormal, applying the 'principle of parsimony', and leaving the reader with plenty of grist for the mill.
David Rountree is an individual who approaches transient phenomena with intellectual honesty, no assumptions, and uses the scientific method to elicit 'truths' about this elusive area of interest.
His process, verifiable and approachable, takes the reader on a journey which begins with the null hypothesis that nothing extraordinary happened, examines each piece of evidence and claim that something extraordinary did happen (individually upon its own merits), discovers if there is an explanation for each piece of evidence that supports or denies the null hypothesis, then eliminates ‘worldly’ explanations before considering ‘other worldly’ explanations. This strict habit of mind serves him well, and the reader is the beneficiary of his logos, deepening the readers understanding of the counter-intuitive field of paranormal studies.
-Dr. Stephen Rorke-
Bridging the gap betwen paranormal and science
With this book, Paranormal Technology: A Guide to Understanding the Science of Ghost Hunting, David Rountree, takes his place as a “paradigm pioneer” in real investigative ghost hunting. This is the first book to provide a scientific method for ghost hunting, which includes in-depth explanations of what the collected data means. Paranormal Technology offers new techniques, answers questions, and provides experiments, which will help bridge the gap between the paranormal and science.
-Medium Jane Doherty-
Not an end, but an invitation
In 2006, I was looking for fellow investigators with technical expertise and the scientific mindset. After talking with David at a meeting for a few short minutes, it was quickly apparent that our philosophies were compatible. We were soon spending evenings discussing quantum theory and custom equipment designs. At the heart of every discussion was the belief that a solid paranormal investigation team must have a fundamental technical understanding and must follow the Scientific Method. In the years since, I have had the distinct pleasure of working with David as the Co-Director of the New Jersey Paranormal Resource Group.
This book is the perfect primer for any group wanting to operate under the same core principles. David provides a clear-cut laundry list of what to measure, why it should be measured, and which instruments are the best for the job. Strengths and weaknesses are outlined, and proper data collection methods are stressed. In the process, David explains some of the theoretical reasons for collecting this data, pointing to scientific principle in favor of mysticism. Not just trying to document paranormal phenomena, but to understand it.
In addition, David outlines several of the experiments that he has proposed in recent years. I have had the benefit of discussing these experiments with him at length and analyzing the results first-hand. We conduct these experiments regularly during our investigations in the hopes of generating new and exciting data to shed light on reported paranormal activity.
Perhaps more importantly, these experiments are only part of the scientific process. They are meant to be duplicated, and the results are meant to be shared. They are meant to inspire others to attempt new and perhaps even better experiments. This is what science is all about. As such, this book is not a means to an end, but rather, an invitation.
I hope you accept it.
-John Keegan, Paranormal Researcher-
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