One principle and one method usedWe want to distinguish ourselves from the "ghost hunters", by using scientific methods.
This also provides the best basis should a skeptic turn to us or to someone we have helped or supported.
In addition to applying the principle: "The simple explanation is often the most likely", we apply The scientific Method with the Hypo-Deductive method.
Not to tire the reader, the methods are shortly:
- First a hypothesis if formulated based on assumptions and existing knowledge. The hypothesis could be formulated such that it can predict an experiment with a given accuracy. Important is that the experiment is able to fail - that is, here we must be able to detect cheating or fraud.
- Next, an experiment to give measurement data.
- Finally, we analyze measurement data and assessing how great degree hypothesis suit measurement data. If a correlation exists, the experiment demonstrates that the hypothesis can hold. Conversely, it is possible for the experiment to fail even if the hypothesis is strong, either as a result of experimental error or because the hypothesis is wrong.
- To show that a hypothesis holds is still based on the assumption that one experiment represents all phenomena described by the experiment.
To investigate the paranormal is difficult because the phenomena are difficult to predict.
How does The scientific Method work with something as unconventional as the paranormal?
- When approached by you, we gain knowledge and make assumptions. From here we can form a hypothesis.
- We can then plan an "experiment", ie visit or study, with the equipment and precision necessary from our hypothesis. We get here measurement data.
- We analyze the data, and can the prove og disprove a hypothesis. (Eg. "Grandmother's shadow is in the living room"). We can, for example, measure shadows that look like "grandmother" and get a communication that is unequivocally "Grandmother". Or we can disprove the hypothesis by showing the shadows are caused by light.
- Our experiments are not only "local". We combine our knowledge and will try to compare it with other hypotheses.