I’ve been struggling to get to sleep of late. More so than usual. So, there’s times I’m watching late night/early morning TV. Primetime for paranormal TV shows apparently. Ok I’ll admit it right off the bat. I’ve been watching them. So sue me. Better than infomercials about mattresses and kitchen appliances. Marginally…
The title of this article, stolen from a short story by Stephen King, refers to a
feeling many people have had. Namely, the feeling that a new situation you are
currently experiencing has been experienced previously – déjà vu. Theories have
been put forward to explain the experience for over 100 years. This article will briefly look
at the definition of déjà vu and some background. We will look at some of the more
paranormal explanations before moving to some more scientific explanations.
This type of investigative technique is usually associated with paranormal TV shows or commercial groups rather than with evidence based investigations. I propose the solo vigil is too fraught with methodological flaws to be considered a valid data collection technique. There are two main issues from an investigative perspective, one psychological and one methodological.
It has often been reported on investigations that certain events or measurements seem to happen in conjunction with haunting type experiences or at locations where these experiences are said to occur. A change in EMF readings, temperature drops, seemingly whispered voices, knocks, bangs and a feeling of being touched are commonly reported. Additionally, it is also common to research the history related to the location. This becomes especially salient if it reveals tragedy or deaths during its habitation or occupation.
It seems there are ever increasing appeals for unity within the “paranormal” world. Well, to be more accurate these calls tend to originate with amateur paranormal and ghost hunting groups. There is no question, at least superficially, that one could argue against unity between groups or individuals involved in the paranormal in any way…however, I will.
I’ve seen a good few posts by groups lately urging investigators to show respect to the spirits they are hunting. Leaving the assumptions inherent in that aside for a moment, let’s say it’s a laudable statement. I would however argue there is a more pressing concern, and that is showing respect for those whom haven’t passed over to the other side just yet.
Ever taken the dog for a walk in the woods and assumed that noise in the bushes was a rabid killer rabbit instead of the wind? Ever laid in bed and thought that unfamiliar knocking must be an axe murderer instead of water pipes cooling? This short article aims to introduce agency detection, why it might exist and how it may relate to some aspects of paranormal experience.