In How to Hunt Ghosts, paranormal researcher Joshua P. Warren teaches the novice ghost hunter the basics, which above all include treating the paranormal as any other scientific field: one requiring well-documented research and hard evidence. This unique guide breaks down the theories, explains the tools of the trade, and even offers forms to facilitate your investigation. Peppered with anecdotes from Warren's personal experience, How to Hunt Ghosts offers answers to such questions as:
• What is a ghost?
• How does a ghost interact with the world?
• Where can you find a haunted house?
• Why do people usually see ghosts at night?
• How do you record a ghostly encounter?
If you suspect you live in a haunted house and want to exorcise a ghost or attempt spectral communication, or if you are interested in pursuing a career as a ghost hunter or are simply curious about the paranormal, this intriguing and informative guide is for you.
Warren, president of a"paranormal research team," is at pains to distance himself from"wackos" and"charlatans"; he insists that paranormal research is a legitimate science (indeed, he says, in its pursuit of the unknown,"all science is a form of paranormal research"). Amidst metaphysical rumination about death, time and the mind-body problem, he comes up with an almost plausible theory of ghosts: they are the remains of our"unique energy bodies" that manifest themselves through"free-floating static electrical charges." This framework helps him validate ghost lore via scientific terms; for example, ghosts are most active after dark when Earth's magnetosphere is least distorted, he says. His practical ghost-hunting advice runs the gamut, from staffing (a 10-person research team is right for the average house) to liability waivers to PR (ghosts may enhance their outlines for photos if asked). Most important is a panoply of high- and not so high-tech gadgets, including audio recorders, night-vision scopes, infrared video cameras, electro-static generators and dowsing rods to capture every trace of the spectral evanescences under investigation. The surveillance apparatus is needed, according to Warren, to provide"objective evidence" that can"rule out conventional phenomena, leaving only anomalous activity." Skeptics will argue that 10 people traipsing around in an old house after dark with both sensitive electronic gear and static-electricity generators are guaranteed to record some kind of anomalous sound,"mist,""orb," erratically fluctuating electromagnetic field or other ghostly tell-tale. In other words: if you use Warren's approach to hunting ghosts, you'll probably find them. B&w photos.