Because they seek the facts, They approach the investigation scientifically.
Central New York Ghost Hunters (“CNYGH”) was founded in 1997 by Stacey Jones. They are one of the largest and oldest groups in the State of New York. They are centrally located in Clay, New York (just minutes from downtown Syracuse) and current members almost span the State — from Red Creek, New York all the way to Albany, New York.
Since the group’s inception, many organizations have popped up all over New York. While they work with a couple of these other groups, but not with many others, Let me explain why.
Every person has their own belief system and that goes for paranormal research. Each group often has varying theories and investigative techniques. CNYGH respects the differences and invites varying techniques, they have problems with people or groups that misrepresent their credentials. People can make any claims they want to, but it doesn’t make it true.
There is NO accredited University or College in the United States that offers Parapsychology as a major: Many do research, but none offer it in a degree program. There are a few legitimate Parapsychologists out there (Loyd Auerbach for example). He was able to tailor a program with a University. The paranormal is the unknown: No one person has the answers, even Parapsychologists. The theories floating around are conjecture and speculation.
People claiming to hold a PhD. in Parapsychology most likely bought their degrees from a “degree mill”: I personally have real problems with people who claim to hold such degrees but (a) can’t spell “Parapsychologist”, and I agree with her , I my self obtained my PhD in public health, MSc Medical Ultrasound, BSc diagnostic Imaging Charles sturt University- Australia . Approved and accredited by Australia, USA, Canada and UK. My interest in the paranormal has nothing to do with my degrees as it is a childhood experience that continue to haunt me .
Any person with a printer can deem another a “Ghost Hunter”, “Paranormal Researcher”, “EVP Specialist”, “Grief Counselor” or any other title. The people who hold these credentials are fools and often part with their hard earned money so some self-proclaimed “expert” can certify them. Don’t believe these claims. No one has the answers. NO ONE! That’s why it is the unknown.
We all seek answers to the unknown, but most of the evidence claiming to be paranormal in nature is poor. No one knows for certain that an “orb” or “ecto” or a “vortex” is anything paranormal in nature. It could be atmospheric, geological, dust, pollen, moisture, etc. These anomalies caught on film could have very logical explanations. Start using common sense and stop promoting ignorance.
Just because you hang out your shingle claiming you are a “Demonologist” doesn’t make you one. There are a few out there who can legitimately call themselves a demonologist, but they have had years of education, experience and contact with clergy and religious institutions. It is not a “calling”. You cannot read a pamphlet or book and proclaim yourself an expert. Get the education, experience and know how first. You wouldn’t claim yourself a Medical Doctor, if you didn’t earn it – would you?
Many groups out there promote and foster their beliefs on people wanting their help. Why would you do this? Every person must work within their own belief system. Muslims, Catholic native Indians etc. Because each person’s relationship with their God is theirs. I personally ask my client if it is OK to use my mixed method of cleansing before I start, letting them know why and what I will do and letting them be part of it with their believe system.
Many people complain that ghost hunting groups have rigid rules and protocols. Why wouldn’t you want that in a group? Do you really want a group that looks at a tree and screams that it’s a ghost? Do you want to see a grown woman look at a completely black picture and proclaim that it contains many ghosts? Do you want a group to post a picture of “orbs” while you see everyone in the picture standing there with umbrellas? Groups have been forced to compile rules and protocols because of frauds and scam artists who run around showing their ignorance.
So, there it is! Let’s get back to the reason we all started doing this, because we are searching for answers!
For those who are looking for a degree of PhD ; There are only two accredited schools that I know of that offer degrees (and this is a PhD) in parapsychology – that would the University of Edinburgh (Scotland) and Utrecht University (Holland). There’s a reason no other schools are offering it – because they’ve never found anything to study. All their experiments come up with the result ‘no paranormal powers’. A few US schools offer a class here or there in the subject (Duke did until pretty recently, you could check there and the U of Arizona and Penn State) but usually from the debunking point of view.
If you really want to study it, here’s what to do. Get a bachelors in psychology and then a PhD or PsyD in psychology. Learn what we already know about the psychology that does work, learn how to set up a good experiment, learn how to use controls, learn how to not bias your results, and THEN go apply these skills to whatever you want. The University of Arizona offers a PhD in Consciousness Studies that is similar to one of the fields studied in parapsychology.
Franklin Pierce college in New Hapshire offers a a number of courses in parapsychology with a major in psychology at the undergraduate level. The school is fully accredited, but I don’t know if it is a degree program. http://www.franklinpierce.edu/academics/
If you want to study parapsychology, study experimental design and analysis first. You can do this with a psychology degree or some other experimental science degree. You can pick up the textbook called “An Introduction to Parapsychology”. It’s available in many online booksellers, and it offers a good survey of the current state of the research. You can contact a research center like the Rhine Research Center in Durham, NC. They may have classes or opportunities to participate in experiments. Essentially, you have to do this work on your own, but you can find guidance from established research facilities.
One other note: It’s very rare that anybody is able to make a living just doing parapsychology work. Most people in the field also teach, lecture, or perform other research outside of the field ot maintain an income. There just are not too many publicized opportunities around for those trained in this field.
Thank you Stacey Jones, Thank you Stephen Wagner.
Steve Ramsey, PhD – Public Health. Calgary , Alberta- Canada.