"Verum Per Scientia" - Truth Through Science
"when you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth"
Q: What is the point of all of this?
A: Simply put: It's a search for the truth. A poll put on by About.com (Located Here), shows that 71% of respondants have had some form of "paranormal experience" during their lives. Paranormal, by definition, is that which is beyond or contrary to what is deemed scientifically possible. Our group's members, by very nature, each have their own need and desire to understand what has happened to them in the past, as well as what continues to happen to them during the course of their time researching the paranormal. Because of experiences they have all had in the past, and the initial feelings that come from having those experiences, they also have a strong desire to help others understand and deal with what is happening to them. These things are what brought us together as a group, and are what drive us to continue searching for the truth and trying to help others understand. The more repetitive science and results we can place behind theories, the closer we get to finding the what, the how, and the why. Verum Per Scientia: Truth Through Science.
Q: What is a ghost?
A: Isn't that the question of the century? There really is no definitive answer. However, we prefer not to use the term "ghost". The word "ghost" conjurs up images of old cartoons and floating sheets. We do, however, subscribe to the theory that there is some manifestation of energy. Theories of physics state simply that energy cannot be destroyed, it only changes form. Since the human body is mostly water and functions on electrical energy via the brain and nervous system, and something in our bodies allows for our sentience that cannot be pinned down to a physical thing, it is logical to assume that our energy can be transferred into some other unknown form of existance after death. What that form is, how it happens, or why is what we seek to find the truth of.
Q: Are you "Ghost Hunters"?
A: Yes and no. What we do goes beyond "Ghost Hunters". First, let's make the clear distinction between a "Ghost Hunt" and a "Paranormal Investigation". A "Ghost Hunt", by our definition, is the exploration of a location with no actual reports, in an attempt to see if paranormal activity exists at that location. A "Paranormal Investigation", or "Paranormal Research Study" as we prefer to call them, is the process of researching a location based on claims of potential paranormal activity in an attempt to confirm or debunk the claims, and help the client understand and deal with the experiences associated with the location. So, first and foremost, we are Researchers above all else, attempting to use any and all means at our disposal to search out the cause and/or reason of claimed paranormal experiences, and proof or disprove their existance.
Q: Are you Certified Investigators?
A: Let's clear a few things up. First of all, in the state of New Jersey, in order to call yourself an "Investigator", you MUST BE licensed by the state of New Jersey and registered with the State Police as a Private Investigator, as well as properly insured by state law. So please, beware of anyone calling themselves an "Investigator" in the state of New Jersey.
Secondly, there is no state or federally recognized "Certification" for this field of study. There are several attempts out there, by the field itself, to centralize theories, procedures, and practices in an effort to standardize the industry, however, there is no official "certification". Anyone calling themselves "Certified" is simply attempting to boost their credibility via semantics. So please, again, beware anyone claiming they are "Certified", because there is no true certification available. And especially beware those calling themselves "Certified Investigators" in New Jersey, because they are violating state law.
If you are concerned about credibility of a group, please use your common sense when choosing one, but here are a few things that will indicate a credible group:
1: A good, informative website providing as much information about the members as possible.
2: Quick and discreet return contact.
3: Representation of a true attempt at a scientific approach to the event.
4: Ask for references or testimonials. Please keep in mind, however, sometimes these are not readily available because many clients request complete confidentiality. And a good group WILL honor this.
5: Avoid anyone who attempts to charge for their services.
6: Look for a group that attempts to "give back" to the field by means of education, events, instruction, or even as simple as presenting unedited evidence for peer review.
7: Trust your instincts. If you immediately feel uncomfortable with the individuals you have contacted, don't use them.
Q: My grandmom died. Will you come to my house and try to talk to her for me?
A: No. That is not what we do. We are not mediums or psychics. We are also firmly against attempting to "call up" something that isn't already there. There are many theories out there about what exists in the "unseen". One theory is that there are malevolent "spirits" or "energies" that prey on these attempts to reach out to loved ones, and they will answer in an attempt to deceive you into thinking you are speaking to Uncle Bob, or Gramma, or whomever you are attempting to contact. This is very dangerous, and can invite unwelcome occurances into your home. We do not subscribe to these types of attempts, and will not participate in them. However, when someone close to us passes, sometimes there are sudden events that begin to occur. If that is your experience, we will come in and assist you in any way possible.
Q: What do I do if something wierd is happening in my house?
A: First and foremost, you can contact us via the link towards the bottom of this page, and we will make every attempt to guide you and assist you as soon as possible. But in the interim, here's a few things you can do that will also help us help you in the future. First, you are NOT crazy and you are NOT alone. So embrace that. Many people have strange experiences every day that they cannot explain, and they suffer through them alone because they dismiss it as their imagination. Second, don't be afraid of it. Try to speak to it very clearly and very calmly. Simple things like "This is my house and you have to leave" repeated sternly, but not angrily, can often at a minimum give you back the control over what may be occuring in your house. Third, keep a detailed journal of events. Be specific as to date, time, location in the home, who was present, what was happening at the time the event occurred, and what the event was. This will help us when we begin the investigation by narrowing down what we may be looking for. If you are not comfortable calling us in, you can also check out our DIY section to find some good and inexpensive tenchniques to research what may be happening on your own. But we do caution you to be very careful and study the techniques thoroughly before you begin on your own.
Q: How long does it take you to investigate a location?
A: That really all depends on the location and the claims. A home investigation may take several days to complete from beginning to end. We are very thorough, and begin all investigations with a meeting with the property owner to discuss the claims and the process. All of our investigations take place at night when it is least intrusive to the property, the property owner, and the surrounding neighborhood. However, just like any other search style investigation, we may or may not capture anything on the first trip. Think of bird watching for some exotic endangered bird. You may know where this bird has been seen before, and visit that location to try and catch a glimpse of it for yourself. You may get lucky on the first trip, and the bird might land on a tree branch close enough for you to identify it and possibly even take a picture or two. However, you may have to visit this location several times until you hit the right place at the right time to catch a glimpse of the elusive bird. Paranormal research studies are similar. We may get lucky the first time, we may not. So sometimes, follow up investigations are warranted to verify evidence, or to continue to collect additional evidence.
Q: Why do you investigate at night?
A: Contrary to popular assumption, investigations are not performed at night because spirits only come out at night. This is not true. Paranormal activity can occur at any time of the day or night. However, there are several reasons we perform our investigations at night. First and foremost, it is to provide the least ammount of intrusion into your daily life, and to be as discreet as possible so as not to draw an enormous ammount of attention to your home and what we are doing. We also investigate at night because ambient sound and disturbances are minimal, and provide a much calmer environment for us to perform our research. There are also several pieces of equipment we use that can "see" into the infrared and ultra violet spectrums of light that can only be used in complete darkness.
Q: Do I have to be there?
A: No, not necessarily. However, that being said, we do prefer to involve the claimant in the actual investigation. First, it just makes sense to have you there in your home participating to be sure everyone stays honest. More importantly, we prefer to have you there because the activity that occurs does so with you present. Whatever may be attempting to get your attention may be more likely to do so if you are there. We also believe that participating in the research event empowers you to deal with the events after the investigation should they continue to occur.
Q: What does it cost?
A: Absolutely nothing. We do not charge anything for our services. We are in this to find the truth and to help those deal with whatever event or experience they may be having. Just the process and the research and the satisfaction that we have helped you deal with your experiences is payment enough. If you ever contact a group that tries to charge for these types of services, please do not pay them. True paranormal investigators are here to help and search for the truth, not make money off of your situation.
Q: What do you do if you find something?
A: After the research event, and all data review, we set up an appointment with the client to present the evidence that may have been collected. It really depends on what we find as to how we handle it. But all decisions are ultimately in the clients hands. We may try to debunk, or find a reasonable explanation for the evidence. We may request follow up visits to try to reproduce the results. Ultimately, however, all evidence is presented to the client, and all options and decisions are discussed and acted on based on the direction the client wishes to follow.
A complete plan of action is developed with the client after every research event. Remember, we are with you every step of the way. And that includes any time after the research event is concluded. We are here to help, and that goes well beyond the initial research event. We are always only a phone call away!
Q: What do I do if you find something?
A: A plan of action based on the evidence collected and the client's wishes is always developed after the even is concluded. We are with you every step of the way, and will help you through whatever course of action is determined to be the best. We don't stop helping after the research event has been concluded. We continue to assist you no matter what it is and no matter how long it takes.
Q: Do you believe in God?
A: We are a group of individuals with a multitude of different personal beliefs and convictions that have been brought together by our need to understand and our search for the truth about the paranormal for a variety of different personal reasons. We are not a religiously based organization. We do not allow our individual beliefs to influence our collective search for the truth, nor do we allow them to bleed over into our interactions with clients or our investigations. We, as a group, do not believe our personal beliefs should influence our search for the truth about the paranormal. We also respect whatever beliefs and convictions you have, and do not attempt to influence them in any way.
Q: How do I become a "Ghost Hunter"?
A: The first thing you need to do is be honest with yourself about your reasons, your purpose for wanting to get into this field. Is it just a hobby? Are you just looking to have fun? Are you seeking answers about personal experiences? Are you interested in the science of it all?
Once you have determined what your purpose is, your reason for wanting to do this, the best thing you can do for yourself is find a like minded group local to you that may be willing to mentor you and guide you. But even more important than that is READ! ALOT! Research everything you can. Draw your own conclusions on the theories that are out there. And start small. Just a simple digital recorder, an inexpensive EMF detector, a simple digital camera, and a good flashlight are all you really need to get started. Start locally, and always be respectful! Remember, no matter what you are doing, or where you are going, or who you are talking to, you are representing us all whether you intend to or not! Stay safe, and happy hunting!
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