by Karen Frazier, Managing Editor
Paranormal Underground e-Magazine
You see it a lot – groups getting interesting EVPs and presenting them to clients as evidence of a haunting. And certainly, some seem mighty compelling.
But are EVPs enough evidence to constitute evidence of a haunting? When you consider that there is no evidence EVPs are actually the voices of spirits, how then can they be presented as evidence of a haunting?
What is EVP? EVP stands for electronic voice phenomenon. Sorry. I had to say it now, didn’t I?
But really. What is EVP? Disembodied voices of spirits? Ambient noise? Interference from cell phones and walkie talkies? No one knows.
Before EVP can be presented as evidence, shouldn’t a baseline be established to help us figure out what EVP actually is?
This is the point of our current paranormal experiment – establishing a baseline for EVP. Our science editor, JD Harrison, has developed a series of experiments that will first establish a baseline for EVPs and then progress towards scientific exploration of this phenomenon.
Establishing a baseline isn’t sexy and it isn’t exciting, but it is a necessary first step in the process. Without a baseline, EVP “evidence” remains in the realm of supposition and assumption.
We’d like your help. In order to get an accurate baseline, we need as much evidence as possible. This is where you come in. JD’s study will only be strong in numbers. This is your opportunity to participate in true scientific exploration of the paranormal. And if there are ever to be truly scientific standards for investigation, you have to start somewhere. This is a good start.
What can you do? Visit JD’s paranormal experiment page and read the protocol for finding an EVP baseline. It will only take about an hour of your time, and at this time the only equipment involved is a digital voice recorder.
Let’s be honest. The paranormal is not a science at this time. It is a pseudoscience. We are all here because we have an intense interest in the paranormal -whether you are intensely skeptical, strong believers, or like me – you Just. Want. Answers. Dammit.
The only way we are going to get answers – real answers based in science and not belief – is by participating in activities that use scientific methodologies to learn what paranormal phenomena really are.
It has to start somewhere, and EVP is as good of a place as any, since EVP is among some of the most commonly collected evidence in paranormal investigation.
As a group, we at Paranormal Underground – the editors, writers, readers, members and guests – have the opportunity to influence how the paranormal is investigated. This is your call to action. Help us to make a difference in establishing true scientific study of the subject that draws us all together.
I know that there are many people who will say, “I don’t need proof. I know what I believe and I don’t need to prove it to anyone.” Nope. You don’t. But wouldn’t it be cool if you could? Let’s do something objective. Something where belief doesn’t come into play. Let’s take the paranormal and turn it into science.