by Karen Frazier, Managing Editor
Paranormal Underground e-Magazine
One of my girlfriends recently asked me why I was so interested in the paranormal. It’s a fair question.
For starters, I lived in a haunted apartment when I was 21. Or at least something weird was happening in that apartment. At night, something would sit on my bed – and I’d actually feel the bed depress behind me. It would whisper, “I love you” in my ear, and I could feel the breath across my cheek and feel my hair flutter. The sink in the bathroom would turn on and off by itself. Cupboard doors that were latched shut would open and close. It was an interesting place. Do I know for sure it was haunted? No – but something was going on.
That made me really curious. You know – what is interesting is that I am not really a flat out believer. I am an open-minded skeptic. If there’s something there, I want to know what it is. But I also think that too many people are too quick to jump to a paranormal explanation before looking for all of the logical, more mundane explanations, first.
I’m an extremely curious person. I want to know stuff. The paranormal is a scientific frontier that is poorly explored at best. So, combined with my experiences, it definitely makes me curious.
A lot of what I am interested in have to do with things like reincarnation, near-death experiences, that type of thing. I think looking for ghosts is cool as far as it goes – but I want to know the answers to the broader questions about the nature of who and what we are, and how we fit into the universe.
It seems to me that we don’t have those answers. We don’t even currently have a way to quantify them. Every science has its infancy, where the early explorers need to figure important things out. Like, what are we looking for? How can it be quantified? How can we establish methodologies for exploration and discovery?
At one time, we had no clue about geology. Or physics. Or chemistry. The human body was a mystery. And yet, scientific explorers started small and developed hypotheses. Then they explored, experimented, quantified. It is what scientific explorers do. They take tiny bits of knowledge and build on it – one piece at a time until a clear picture comes into view.
That is why the paranormal fascinates me. Because its study as a science is in its infancy. We don’t really know squat. We have a whole lot of theories, but we have yet to come up with ways to quantify. And that leaves a whole world of possibility open, just waiting for bold and bright scientific explorers to crack it open and learn the truth.