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Do We Need A New Outlook On Ghost Hunting?

This is something that I’ve been, among other things, wanting to write for a while. As paranormal investigators it seems that we should have an open mind, right? We should be able to accept plausible explanations and theories about these things that are “out of the norm” for most other people.

I write this in relation to a comment left by one of our readers some time ago as well as a message on the forum about experimenting. He was unable to accept a photograph we had posted as being legitimate simply because he believed ghosts only appear as shadows or orbs. To me, that seems strange. The truth of the matter is that trying to apply “a norm” for this field can be very tricky. I’ve been doing this for around 10 years and there have been times when I think “I got this figured out” then BAM the next case throws my ideas about ghost hunting upside-down. Can their ever be a norm for this field?

I’ve always been one to believe that one day we’ll have technology and understanding of the “after-life” to actually communicate with people who have passed away on a very real level. We’re still in the early stages of beginning to understand what exactly it all means and how we can tap into that source, or rather how we can speak, hear, and see ghosts.

So I pose the question… Do we need a new outlook on what exactly Ghost Hunting is?
Do all photos of ghosts only show orbs/shadows?
Are all EVPs simply misunderstood background noise?
Is EMF the cause of all of this?
Are sightings of spirits simply from people with a few screws loose (in their heads)?

What I do know is that I don’t have all the answers. While I believe I’ve made some great personal breakthroughs I do know that all of us, even myself, have only begun to understand it.

Those of us who know ghosts, spirits, whatever you want to call them exist need to start working more toward the “WHY” or the “HOW” instead of simply “proving”. We have enough proof… now we need answers.

About the author


Billy is an active paranormal investigator with more than 10 years experience in the field. He's currently the director of The Paulding Paranormal Society and has completed work on two full length paranormal documentaries.


  • Someone who thinks like I do. I thought I was weird by drawing out detailed maps of the electrical layout, heating and air layout as well as corresponding EMF signatures of the locations. I also thought I was weird by basically investigating the place twice, once with the power on once with the power off. Usually the only people informed on the accounts of activity are myself and my Co director. All the other investigators go in blind with no sense of the history of the location, geological make up of the area, or paranormal experiences that have occurred there.

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