Are investigators providing a service?

Are investigators providing a service?

ParaScience founder and TV presenter Steve Parsons nailed a crucial point in a social networking quip that paranormal investigation is such that it is a hobby, and that it is not providing a service.
To be an paranormal investigator means at the core meaning, played the guise of a detective.

“I am Inspector Clouseau and I am here to find ghosts”

Using critical thinking and tried methods to come to a result. To find out firstly what it is not, as often phenomena can be typically explained as a mundane occurrence. Not that some events and things, don’t result in an eye brow raising and Mr Spock style delivery of his reputed line “Fascinating”. While it would be easy to go into the different sub-types of investigation – thrill seeking/entertainment, interested observer, phenomena researcher the list goes on as the truth is there is so many levels of why people are interested in looking into the strange and the curious and the methods they believe in doing so.

Paranormal Investigators are not akin to plumbers, engineers or electricians, who do provide a service. Though once had a phone call from a well spoken, sharp tongued lady demanding we go to her house and get rid of the ghost in her kitchen and another who claimed a ghost who goes into the bathroom. Ribs aside.

Plumbing service!

Like all hobbies from horse riding to flying scale model kits, it comes with expenses. Often groups find themselves seeking ways of raising revenues to buy more equipment, to “investigate” the renowned locations because survey says they are allegedly more “active” and the results to prove your teams credence as a legit group is to visit to one and many of these locations.
Covering the travel costs, buying further equipment – in the hope of detecting or capturing more evidence. The passion evolves for the group, some moving often to becoming an events and/or marketing company – flogging everything from mugs and t-shirts to paranormal kits and other alleged ghost hunting tools for others on the same quest of discovery. Some groups indeed have been very successful in the business of paranormal themed events and retail products.

Events companies – they should not necessarily be flagged up with the bad rap that they do. They are providing a service, however it is a commercial service. One that is organized at a location of some reputation to strange occurrences…. ok maybe not all are organized well. But generally it is a safe enclosed environment, health and safety, risk assessments already done ahead of time before the “investigating punters” come at a pre-determined time and are out by a pre-determined hour. Its a relatively safe way of exploring the unexplained. Some even find intriguing results.

Practitioners
A sub heading, that has been added and deleted here a good half a dozen times, before a quick phone call to a friend and asked if they believed they are truly providing a service. So yes, its being included mainly out of my view that they are not really…

There are those who claim to offer their “services”, mediums and psychics, allegedly providing information from the other side of death by way of spiritual communication. Picking up impressions from objects and the environment for a fee, whilst there are many do not charge.

“Feeling my healing hands…” yeah ok

Reiki practitioners and healers also fall into this service provider catagory allegedly channeling and projecting spiritual energy. It is more likely these people, are on something more akin to a religious direction. Connecting to deities, spiritual guides and characters of ancient name.
They consider themselves to be “service providers”, however it is debatable they are providing a service other than feel good, pseudo-service.

So what about the time when you do need a service?
You can call the fire, police, coastguard and ambulance services to have an instant response to the emergency or event you have found yourself part of. So lets play hypothetical advocate here.

If you’ve just saw a a semi transparent horse with a headless rider walk through your wall or perhaps just had a 40 minute conversation with 2 beings who came out of a saucer like craft dressed in protective suits and ask you about agriculture and fertilization who do you inform or report it to?

Let us explore this dynamic a touch further for example. To those who have seen the kind of phenomena the reports claim.
If they are still out there do you call the emergency services? Who may likely not respond.
Do you call a paranormal investigation team?
(or insist on the military (whose number isn’t exactly in the phonebook)

Stretching it a little further still. If it happens to be there when they turn up whether lets joe bloggs paranormal society, the police service or a jeep, what would they do? Who would they call?

Who are they gonna call?

Thoughts?

Headless horse Image taken by the Skyrim Tourist (http://theskyrimtourist.tumblr.com)

Certifibly haunted

Certifiably haunted

Went into a pub a few days back, in the former mining town of Hucknall, which is located north of Nottingham. Whilst sharing drinks and conversation with friends, I caught sight of a framed picture on the wall. Without naming names.
Within the frame is a certificate with the words to the extent that this location has been officially acknowledged as being a haunted premises as investigated by” ******** paranormal investigation team”. Glad to know there is a team out there who actually know what a ghost is and can as such “certify” its existence and activity at a location. While seemingly everyone else in the world doesn’t have this insight.

This forms the initial of a series of articles with the over arcing theme of “Are we as paranormal investigators our own worst enemy?”

Scientific study confirms that near death experiences (NDEs) are caused by REM sleep.

18 OOBE Research Center volunteers were able to reproduce every detail of the out-of-body flight towards the light at the end of the tunnel described in reports of near-death experiences(NDE) at clinical death.

Study Objectives were to prove the implication of REM sleep in the occurrence of “near-death experiences” at clinical death by artificially reproducing near-death experiences during REM sleep.

In late January, OOBE Research Center specialists instructed four groups of volunteers in special procedures to perform during night and morning awakenings. Eighteen subjects consequently succeeded in artificially reproducing the exit from the body and flight through the tunnel towards the light experienced at clinical death. The experiment aimed to investigate the nature of near-death experiences.

This is the full method and experiment – http://research.obe4u.com/nde-simulating-experiment/

A comparative analysis demonstrated that the 18 experiment outcomes were fully consistent with a database of 2,900 actual near-death experiences. The experiment made use of the brief transitional state upon awakening that occurs when the mind has already woken up, but the body is still asleep. This state mimics that of the anesthesia-induced narcosis that the majority of near-death experiences occur in.

Head researcher Michael Raduga explained, “Our experiment finally makes it possible to re-evaluate the findings of near-death experience researchers like Dr. Raymond Moody. For the first time, we can not only collect and analyze near-death experiences, but also deliberately reproduce them. This achievement casts doubt on earlier theories regarding the nature of this phenomenon.”

In a similar manner, in 2011 the OOBE Research Center artificially reproduced the experience of alien abduction and several biblical miracles that had taken place in subwaking states. The Research Center was founded by Michael Raduga in 2007 to study the phenomena of out-of-body experience and conscious, or “lucid”, dreaming.

SOURCE:

http://www.prweb.com/releases/near-death/experience/prweb9213606.htm

Note this is an copy to here from the original article.

Enigma talk – 9th February 2012, Lincolnshire Poacher, Mansfield Road, Nottingham.

Enigma: “Strange and most curious. Places and stories that defy explanations.”


Kristian Lander, of the Paranormal Network – is the guest speaker at the NPN Monthly moot meeting tomorrow evening.

An informal talk, discussion and presentation. Picture and video session covering a number of ancient sacred sites and their Enigmas.
Mohenjo-daro, Derinkuyu and Carnac being some of the highlights.

There will be a brief introduction, accompanied by some video clips and pictures. following each with a discussion.
Carrying over and expanding on some of the information from the talk at the Empryean meeting in January.

Plus a number of psychical experiments of telepathy, remote viewing and psychometry.

Throwing in some local spooky and strange stories, which we have been involved with. with pictures and video from our archive. Some of which have never been shown before.

Occurring at 7.30 pm £2 on the door. 

Lincolnshire Poacher

161-163 Mansfield Rd, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG1 3FR

Thursday 9 Feb 2012

Special thanks to Lee Brockbank for use of hardware.

We explore the phenomena known as “The Hum”

The Hum is a generic name for a series of phenomena involving a persistent and invasive low-frequency humming noise not audible to all people. Hums have been reported in various geographical locations. In some cases a source has been located. Hums have been reported all over the world. A Hum on the Big Island of Hawaii, typically related to volcanic action, is heard in locations dozens of miles apart. The local Hawaiians also say the Hum is most often heard by men. The Hum is most often described as sounding somewhat like a distant idling diesel engine. Typically the Hum is difficult to detect with microphones, and its source and nature are hard to localize. – wiki

Strictly speaking this article isn’t new, it was first published in 2009 by the Paranormal Network, however it came to light that this article wasn’t for whatever reason brought over to this website. But it has given us a chance to read over something that is once again gaining notification, almost every day people are reporting the phenomena of loud sounds from the sky, booms under the ground, in one video we saw it sounded like the sky was screaming! Some are for a passage of only a few minutes, others have for going on for days. Theres no direct link between then other than The Hums and the loud sounds are just that, sounds. Perhaps casting our eyes, or should we say ears. We wonder if a conservative “map” can be drafted or pinpointed to see if there is a pattern, a trend.

Paranormal Network will look at the Nottingham Hum, for obvious reasons we live here and can look into and hear it.
Nottingham shire Paranormal Network admits it did know of the hum, but until July 2008 we had never heard it. When we were recording for “A look behind the mirror” the NPN DVD project. when we in Bestwood Country Park progressing down Park Road, there was this distinct low frequency yet high pitch drone of a sound it was barely audible but you could hear it on the very edge of the hearing it was intermittent then a steady tone, on and off. Gave a terrible headache to all on the crew that afternoon.

The medium we worked with quite extensively Alan Smith a spiritual development coach, informed us that he could sense “a beacon”, “perhaps a crystal of sorts” – which does link and tie into the UFO active and LITS (Lights In The Sky), Men in black, strange figures in the area. (RE: A look behind the mirror – Available from NPN) the area also had a strange effect on our batteries which drained very quickly despite being high quality rechargeable Energizer 2450nmph batteries. So this was our experience with The Hum.

In recent months, local BBC East Midlands, Trent FM, Heart FM have ran numerous stories and requests for information on the The Hum. Then it seemed the whole nation became a Hum capital, with stories being ran in the Guardian, The Daily Mail, even a sub page of the Tesco website has an article on the Hum.

Numerous cities it seems are a stronger focus for this strange phenomenon, Bristol quite famously become one of the Hum focuses during the 1990s.

In the Unsolved Mysteries segment called ‘Mystery Hum’, a tape re-creation of the Taos Hum was used for this segment. Robert Stack reported that one of the “Hum sufferers” created the audio tape, mainly for the purpose in that particular segment. This was done since their audio equipment didn’t pick up low-frequency sounds very well, and so that the show’s viewers and other non-“Hum sufferers” would get an idea of what the actual auditory phenomenon sounded like.On 15 November 2006 Dr Tom Moir, of the University of Massey in Auckland, New Zealand, made a recording of the Auckland Hum and has published it on the university’s website. The captured hum’s power spectral density peaks at a frequency of 56 hertz. In 2009, the head of audiology at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, Dr David Baguley managed to successfully record what he believes to be the hum with the help of acousticians at Salford University

The Sightings TV show produced by the SCI FI channel, also produced a show on the Taos hum.
The phenomenon is certainly a real one, especially for those disturbed by it. Some have gone to even committed suicide.

Coming back to the Hum that Paranormal Network has been able to research, The Nottingham Hum, during our regular research into the paranormal in the Local studies library of the Nottingham city library. I [Kristian] came across the history of the Nottingham Hum, and a number of reports.

11th May 1985.- Nottingham Evening Post
Where the individual John Natley of Herretta Street, Bulwell reports that for 3 years he has heard the noise of what “sounds like german bombers at a distance”. The news report also posts that Hucknall residents have complained about a constant buzz in the area, but only become logged in1977. Dozens of complaints brought in a response from the universities of London, Nottingham and the Ashfield district council environmental and health dept.

June 1986
Patsy Martin reported that the Hum was heard across the county in the areas of Bulwell, West Bridgeford, Beeston, Sherwood, Arnold, Copewell, popular theories that it may be an mystery underground facility, such as alien installation or secret government base.

The study done by the universities at the time, suggested that the hum was the acoustic wavelength coninciding with the room dimensions and the sound waves were literally bouncing around the room, as what is constant in the reports is that the sound level is greater indoors than out.

[Many researchers put the hum down to the electrics of the house.]

Dr Ross Cole of the medical research council confirmed this phenomenon has ruled out Tinnitus as the reason because the hum.

An article published by Chris Lamb 24/5/85 reports on what may be the cause Mr Bennett who was the chief techician of the Odeon cinema formerly in Hucknall, who had 18 years experience in sound engineering at the time. He put forward the theory of standing engines, at the time Hucknall and Nottingham was criss crossed with a mass network of railway lines stemming from the coal industry which boomed well into the 1980s. The sound cannot be heard as standing next to the engine drowns out any way of listening to the vibration caused. It works in theory like a tuning fork. As a standing engine with a head of steam, sends vibrations down the track and the whole network of rails resonates, imagine that with a dozens of engines. It seems a logical reason.

However that was the 80s, this is the 00s there aren’t as many of the lines these days just the Robin Hood line and main rails in the city centre. There is the NET Nottingham Express Tram lines, which again could seem logical for this theory to hold up, but the Hum is heard all through the night, the Tram network effectively is turned off from about 1.30am except at the depot as the cleaning crews go to work on the trams.

There is 5 theories which claim to be the reason behind the Hum

Man-made noises

High frequency attenuation of distant industrial sounds or stereo subwoofers from homes, cars, music venues, Los Alamos National Laboratory. As sound moves through the atmosphere or ground, the high frequencies decrease in amplitude more rapidly than the low frequency ones, which subsequently travel greater distances. The low-frequency sounds can be focused by walls and structural geometry, and sound like ambiguous rumblings or hums. Industrial machinery such as compressors, pumps and fans can also produce similar types of sounds. Although this is one of the explanations that first come to mind, ordinary microphones have failed to detect the Hum and investigations have failed to convincingly trace the Hum to such sources.

Pulsed microwaves

A phenomenon similar to the microwave auditory effect from pulsed microwave sources, possibly in combination with other factors. The thermoelastic mechanism may or may not be involved. Various types of electromagnetic sources could involve different physical or physiological mechanisms or a combination thereof. Some of the components of the electromagnetic environment, and examples of their possible combined effects, have been discussed in the annex to the report about the Hum by the experts hired by the city of Kokomo, Indiana.

Electromagnetic waves caused by meteors

A variant of the audio frequency electromagnetic emissions generated upon the entry of a meteor and its disintegration in the upper atmosphere. The disintegration of larger meteors in the upper atmosphere is known to release megawatts of power in the audio frequency range, primarily through the interaction of the resulting ionization trail with the Earth’s magnetic field. See, for example Listening to Leonids for a description of the meteor audio effect. (It is also speculated that the “solar wind” may be causing a similar effect to the “meteor audio effect.”)

Extremely low frequency communications systems

Communication systems, such as submarine communications systems that use extremely low frequency (ELF) radio transmissions. Proponents of this theory suggest the transmissions may somehow produce effects either directly or indirectly through mechanisms similar to or different from those by which higher frequencies are detected.

Ionospheric heating systems

Large-scale effects of one or several of the ionospheric heating projects in Norway, the U.S. or Russia, such as HAARP in Gakona, Alaska.

Tinnitus

Generated by the body, the auditory or the nervous system, with no external stimulus. However, the theory that the Hum is actually tinnitus fails to explain why the Hum can only be heard at certain geographical locations. Some people who claim to hear the Hum say that it is worse indoors. This would lean towards tinnitus, as tinnitus is generally worse in places with less exterior sound. There may exist individual differences as to the threshold of perception of acoustic or non-acoustic stimuli, or other normal individual variations that could contribute to the fact that some people in the population perceive the Hum and others do not.

The Hum is a true phenomenon, one perhaps that has been solved and on the other hand not. So NPN can only leave this strange phenomenon case as “case unsolved”. That is unless you can shed some light or throw in a wildcard out of the box idea, that finally solves the mystery of what is only known as “The hum”

Author Kristian Lander
Resources – Nottingham Central/City Library local studies library, Evening Post archives.

Paranormal Network Research Project – Participate in the survey ONLINE today!

THE SURVEY IS NOW LIVE ONLINE!

http://goo.gl/Rp0HE

You and your team can participate in possibly the first of it’s kind survey going out to all paranormal/unexplained/research/investigation themed groups. We would like your inclusion.

It is deliberately clear and straight forward.




The questionnaire is split into 7 sections <

– General consensus questions of your groups approach
– Understanding
– Prior information and preparation.
– On location
– Gathered data
– Analysis
– General questions



<We please ask all participants to be as honest as possible.
Given also that this survey is quite possibly the first of its kind, we really value your input. The data will be collected, collated with the intention of being submitted for publication by ASSAP (Association for the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena – the paranormal education and research charity) in their annual Anomaly Science Journal. Answers given may be quoted, however not referenced directly to your group – we will ask permission. A list of the investigation teams and organizations will be listed at end of article who took part in the survey.

http://goo.gl/Rp0HE

KRISTIAN@PARANORMALNETWORK.CO.UK

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Kristian.

Did I just experience “missing time”?

A curious phenomenon, spoke of by many – “the missing time” experience. Have spoke to some who claim to had this happen. And any reader of paranormal literature or viewer of a number of documentaries and TV shows will know – it often is associated with alien abduction. While I don’t believe I was abducted (my rectum feels just fine). The surreal-ness of the awareness of the passage of time is an incredibly strange sensation. When did this happen? you may ask – less than 20 mins ago of the initial time of posting. As a researcher and investigator of the unexplained, my task right now is to cover the bases and go over the details, try and find the crack as they say

The story and experience is such, I came home from work got in about 3.35pm-3.40pm. Sylvia my partner in crime was just about to get ready to leave for work which she did at 3.47pm and I recall this because I read her the time from the computer screen, when she asked. Sylvia then leaves the place. I pick up a few bits from the sofa, answer a text from my sister and ready to get on with some design work. Head into the bedroom to get changed out uniform into civvies. I recall moving a few bits on the floor and standing up changing my shirt and trousers to jeans. I hear a high pitch sound – similar to an old fashioned kettle with a whistle but higher, a persistent sound. I know recall as I am writing moving to turn around to look at the bedroom door. I am not tired, far from it.

Next thing I remember is I am shivering, bitterly cold, teeth are chattering and I know i’m lying down on the bed, it is dark. Feels like I am coming out of sleep as im moving my arm around trying to find the blanket, like you do in the morning or when the blanket has been tugged away – my alertness kicks in. I realize I am lying on top of the bed, diagonally feet to bottom left. head to top right. I jump up from the bed and see outside the window it really is dark, so my instinct is directing me to know the time my phone reads 18.57! Its been over 2 hours!
I come in the living room, got to kitchen put kettle on and attempt to get warm by putting fire on. Then I came to post this

well that was just plain surreal – got home from work, sylvia was just leaving. this was about 345. I remember going into bedroom, a strange sound, like a high pitch whine next thing i know its 7pm. I’ve got some disorientation going on. I assume I fell asleep, but wasn’t tired and don’t recall going to sleep.

I have no recollection of the passage of time, for the 2 hours – I wasn’t tired and no intention of going to sleep. The transition of time was virtually instantaneous. Being in bedroom getting changed to waking up freezing cold. The sound is puzzling it was a single note of high pitch. I have no history of tinnitus albeit sometimes I can hear a similar sound generated occasionally by TVs.

I must put forward the surreal sensation after wards was very well surreal.

Kristian