Book Review: A Beginner’s Guide to Paranormal Investigations
Written By: Paranormal News
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Whether you’re interested in cryptozoology, UFOs, or ghosts, if you would like to form a paranormal investigations group and have no idea where to begin, what equipment to use, how to speak with witnesses to paranormal events, or how to avoid wasting precious time chasing false leads, then you might want to check out "A Beginner’s Guide to Paranormal Investigation" written by Mark Rosney, Rob Bethell, & Jebby Robinson. You may have asked yourself, for example: how does one analyze photos to determine if they are fake? How does one decipher an EVP session that was held at a supposedly haunted location? What software do you use? What websites can you visit to help make sense of things? How do you tell if a witness isn’t being truthful? What pitfalls should you look out for to help decipher objective evidence from subjective interpretations? Those are the core questions addressed here. It seeks to give you a starting point--and many times, a starting point is all that is necessary for you to begin to conduct your own investigations.
The authors do not attempt to convince you of any set of beliefs concerning what is truly going on in any of the fringe fields. The bulk of what you will be reading concerns equipment, technique, and having the proper mind set, helping you improve the professionalism of your group, which always leads to future opportunities. They do not, however, attempt to explain how to use a specific, highly focused set of equipment, although it does provide overall guidance on proper methods for using certain technologies. Anyone reading the "Core Concepts and Skills" section should be able to properly choose which cameras, voice recorders, microphones, etc. to buy and which ones to avoid. Whether your group’s budget is $20,000 or $200, reading this portion alone is worth the price itself.
And finally, in addition to the information concerning equipment, the authors also provide a few gem photographs of possible spirits that they have uncovered themselves. I spent quite a bit of time staring at them, trying to work out for myself what they could be, and came up empty. Obviously there is a variety of phenomena out there in the wild just waiting to be discovered and explored, all of which aims to assist us in our ongoing quest for meaning and place in the universe--it is up to you, the paranormal investigator, to help find it. Who are we? Who made us? Where do we come from? Where are we going? What happens after death? As a paranormal investigator embarking on the serious work of obtaining objective answers to these questions, this work will fit in right along side of the rest of the books in your paranormal arsenal.