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How To Debunk Paranormal Phenomenon
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How to Debunk Paranormal Phenomenon

Debunking paranormal phenomenon can be hard, especially when you are trying to disprove your own evidence. I am an avid believer in the paranormal and would love to believe every bit of evidence I catch myself, however, for the sake of being credible, I go through a process of "debunking" before I display any good evidence I caught. As a paranormal investigator, you want your clients and people following you to trust the fact that you put a lot of work and out of the box thinking into capturing and analzying your evidence. There is no need to over dramatize the situation. For example, if you think you caught evidence but after the debunking process realize you didn't have any, don't "dramatize" the pieces you thought you caught and show your clients that. We need to be 100% credible.

So! Enough of that, let's get started.

If you can. try debunking anomalies as you are investigating. For example, if a client claims that their closet door has been opening a lot on its own, go to the door. Shut it, see if it sticks. Walk around or shut the bedroom door to see if it makes the closet door open. Wood can act funny in certain seasons as well, so maybe the door only does it during the colder weather? Ask these questions.

If you cannot make that door open on its own through your own experimentation and quesitoning, it could be considered paranormal. Put a camera there and see if you can capture it on film.

On to debunking evidence during the analyzing process.

I will use two examples here to explain this process. The first one will be a thermal video footage of what appears to be an apparition on the screen. Let's say while you were investigating, you did a thermal sweep in a room with a few windows and you caught an apparition with the lower half of its body missing on your screen. Let's also say you didn't catch it in the initial walk through so you have to put on your thinking cap and see if you can debunk it off site. Do you remember where that footage was shot at? Did you happen to be in front of a window? If the lower body of the apparition was cut off, it's more than likely a reflection of you in the window making it appear as if a "cooler" human form was caught on camera.

Next, we can use an audio recording. If you caught an EVP recording and it sounds like a woman giggling...ask yourself a few questions. Was there a woman in the room with me? Who was I with or was I by myself? Is there a woman on my team investigating somewhere else or is my client a woman and still in the house?

Let's say you had a woman on your team, you could ask her where she was during this time and if she was in the same room or a room close to you, compare her voice with the recording. If they sound remotely similar, dismiss the evidence and move on to the next.

In conclusion...

Debunking paranormal phenomenon can sometimes be disappointing, especially in the end when you realize you didn't catch anything...but don't be disappointed or give up hope! About 99% of evidence that is caught isn't actual evidence, and as ghost investigators we are scientists. We need to deliver the best results that we get in our "experiments" that we conduct. So for the sake of science and being credible, please debunk your evidence.


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