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  • Interview with Southern Ontario Paranormal Society

    Southern Ontario Paranormal Society - Steve Genier

    Steve Genier – SOPS

     

    We would like to welcome Steve Genier the Founder and lead investigator of Southern Ontario Paranormal Society (SOPS).

    Richard: Can you tell us a bit about yourself and how you came to be interested in pursuing the paranormal?

    Steve: Involved with the film industry off and on since 1997. In several capacities including cinematography, writing as well as editing. Though I have been interested with or in the paranormal since I was a kid with an experience I had had when I was 13 years old. Shortly after graduating from film school was when I decided to research and investigate the paranormal. Use techniques I had learned in film school to try and gather evidence. 2005, I decided to share and network with others in the field by forming Southern Ontario Paranormal Society (SOPS).

    Richard: I see you have a number of team members. Are they assigned specific jobs on an investigation or are they permitted to basically follow their own personal objectives?

    Steve: They are open to experiment in areas that interest them the most within the several aspects available in an investigation. I feel that in order to get best results, it’s always good to leave things open and to never discount elements that may help us understand.

    Richard: During an investigation does your team always agree on what seems to be occurring?
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  • Thrill of the W.I.S.P. – An Interview with Marcus F. Griffin

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    Books detailing the experiences of ghost hunters and paranormal investigators alike are numerous these days and the publishing market continues to be bombarded with dozens of new titles every year.

    Most investigative teams’ adventures focus on the thrill of the hunt, the lore behind a haunting, a little bit of factual history and finally, some evidence captured via technical means as a result of their efforts.

    Surprisingly – or not, depending on who you speak to – there aren’t many books that reflect serious investigation teams’ use of the esoteric in an attempt to garner results. Of course, I refer to those blessed with the gift of second sight: intuitives, sensitives, clairvoyance, clairaudiance, psychics and mediums.

    No doubt the sting of the profit-seeking charlatans bilking the hopeful and gullible during the Spiritualist movement (and beyond) is why many investigative teams invest most of their faith in the latest technological gadgets, rather than trust the ramblings of a “crazy person” sharing what they’re perceiving at any given location.

    It’s no secret that the Searcher Group employs some very talented clairvoyants when conducting its long-term investigations (and the benefits of doing so will be covered in a separate article). So as an avid reader of non-fiction accounts of ghost encounters, imagine my delight when I happened upon Marcus F. Griffin’s Extreme Paranormal Investigations (Llewellyn, 2011) a book documenting some of the most hair-raising experiences of WISP – Witches in Search of the Paranormal – a former Indiana-based team comprised entirely of practicing Wiccans!

    SPOILER ALERT: Because WISP founder and ordained Wiccan Priest Mr. Griffin answers all the standard questions a layperson generally has about ghost teams (ie. their origins, philosophies, techniques, etc.) in his book, we dive straight into the heart of his work and finer points of the book in the following interview. As such, if you haven’t read Extreme Paranormal Investigations yet, stop reading now (but please return when you have).

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  • Interview with the Sault Ste. Marie Paranormal Research Group

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    Investigating Under Opposition: 

    One of the first facets people discover when they are introduced to the work of The Searcher Group is our stellar reputation regarding the issue of trustworthiness. For over three decades, we have assured and made good on our promises to clients from safety procedures to anonymity concerns.

    Most groups with a professional mindset share this approach to their work and those are the teams TSG wishes to associate with, especially since there may come a time when we’ll need to confidently refer a client to that other team for reasons of logistics (ie. when TSG is too far to be able to aid a client calling for help).

    In our ongoing efforts to establish credibility to ourselves, the work that we do and the field we are exploring and researching, we prefer to share our real names and images in a gesture of openness, honesty and that all-important trust. As such, TSG does not endorse or associate with groups that opt to hide behind anonymous hashtags or e-mail handles. After all, if you had a problem and decided to call in a paranormal investigations team, would you contact a faceless stranger at dust.bunny67@hotmail.com to handle your personal woes?

    That being said, how does a team of earnest, hard-working and multi-talented investigators even manage to exist when they’re based in the centre of an entire community populated by a majority who vehemently deny and outright oppose anything remotely associated with the paranormal? Well, as you may guess, in order for them to do their work, their members must remain anonymous.

    Introducing the Sault Ste. Marie Paranormal Research Group (SSMPRG), a team of female investigator/researchers established in 2006. The backgrounds of its current membership range from knowledge of quantum physics and Wiccan/Occult symbols to real estate, pharmaceuticals and police services. You will not find surnames or photos of the SSMPRG online, due to the dense Catholic and Aboriginal populous surrounding them; to avoid persecution and keep their day jobs, this is an unfortunate but necessary policy they uphold. 

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  • Interview with Dr. Caroline Watt – Parapsychologist

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    Dr. Caroline Watt is one of the top Parapsychologists in the field, she is accredited with over 50 peer reviewed papers, conference appearances, media articles and co-author of An Introduction to Parapsychology published by McFarland & Co Inc. She has served as president of the Parapsychological Association and was a founder member of the Koestler Parapsychology Unit in Edinburgh. Dr. Watt is currently a senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Edinburgh and has taught and researched in parapsychology for more than 25 years.

    For further information on the Koestler Parapsychology Unit and Dr. Watt’s textbook “An Introduction to Parapsychology” and her online course in Parapsychology visit their website at http://www.koestler-parapsychology.psy.ed.ac.uk or Dr. Watt’s person website at http://www.koestler-parapsychology.psy.ed.ac.uk.

     

    Richard:  There are a great number of people interested in the study of the paranormal; some are looking for education within the field to provide them with the intellectual tools to proceed, what would be your recommendation?

    Dr. Watt:  Joining the Parapsychological Association (PA) is a good place to start. The PA also has a page on its website about educational opportunities in parapsychology. In terms of reading, I have co-authored an introductory textbook with Harvey Irwin, which reviews the scientific literature on parapsychology. It’s fairly densely-packed, but informative. For something more accessible, there’s always my online course…

    Richard:  I understand you lead an online course through Koestler Parapsychology Unit. Who do you feel this course is best suited for?

    Dr. Watt:  My course runs twice a year (next run is in April) and is open to anyone who can use the internet. It attracts individuals from around the world who want to know more about parapsychology, both believers and skeptics. If readers are interested, they can find out more about the content of the course on the Koestler Parapsychology Unit website.

    Richard:  Your career in parapsychology is an inspiration too many people, what advice would you give to those who want to pursue serious work in this field?

     Dr. Watt:  First of all get a good quality undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline. Psychology is probably the degree that most parapsychologists have, but it depends on where your interests lie. Other relevant disciplines are physics, philosophy, and anthropology. You should make sure you have high level (MSc in the UK) methodological training that is appropriate for the area or question that interests you. Become familiar with the relevant literature, and approach a university-based academic who publishes in that area to see if they would be willing to supervise a PhD on that topic. (Of course, you have to be good enough to apply for a PhD in the first place!) Technically, there are no PhDs in “Parapsychology” (not from a reputable institution, that is). Rather, the PhDs are in mainstream subjects such as Psychology but specializing on a parapsychological question and supervised by an academic who is expert in that area.

    Richard:  Can you tell us a little bit on the work you have done in near death experiences and your conclusion that all aspects of these experiences are based in neurological responses?

  • Interview with Colorado Para-tech

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    Based out of Colorado Springs – Colorado Para-Tech Investigations, is an organization comprised of seasoned paranormal investigators whose mission is to provide factual and realistic answers based on hard evidence to businesses, families, and individuals in Colorado. They are also Colorado Paranormal Technology, dba Colorado Para-Tech, a paranormal investigation equipment manufacturing division that was born from the creation of the Ghost Light. To visit their website please click on the photo above.

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    Interview with Rich Horn,

    Investigator -Tech & Video Specialist

     

     

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