I saw a question today on Slashdot asking about Running Your Own Ghost Investigation appealing to nerds asking them what tools and methods they would use for doing so. Despite the Slashdot forum slamming the guy pretty hard, it did seem an interesting question from a scientific method point of view for a repost here considering all the raging faith debates and my own posting on the Ouija Board experiment.
I see the primary question as first being What Is Supernatural? since that would drive the metric follow-up question What Evidence Would You Require to Change Belief or Disbelief? The keyword change is important here … no need to address whether you do or don’t currently believe. Simply, what type of equipment and procedure could produce the evidence it would take to change your status quo opinion on the truth of the supernatural definition in either direction.
For instance, I’m always bugged by the SyFy show GhostHunters (while I find it entertaining) because more often than not, the captured evidence is fleeting and only exists on one piece of equipment. You never have the EVP time sync’d to both a thermal and IR capture, etc.
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