Belief becoming biases
The paranormal research belief system is scattered between believers, misinformed believers (Fantasy), skeptics, and non-believers. In relation to belief, there is a point that a person’s belief system will become a personal bias. In that bias people that believe something without an analytical conclusion, and evidence to support the conclusion. After several conversations with paranormal researchers (99%) that lacked evidence; the only argument used is commonly starting with your “a non-believer”, “a skeptic” and “not spiritual”. After a recent conversation I had with a founder of a paranormal research team (99%), identified that personal belief becomes a bias and after the researcher had no evidence to support the un-conclusive conclusion other than the standard uninformed argument of “You’re a non-believer”. The founder also tried to use the theory of EVPs to support the argument, but it was personal belief that became a bias that clouded judgment of an educated conclusion.
There are many factors that conclusively will contaminate data in the paranormal research field. The first factor is the 99% the people that are willing to do anything, and everything for sensationalism (fame, television show, and to misconceive people) that means using anything that may seem unexplainable (Fantasy). The second is paranormal researchers are relying on television shows such as Ghost Hunters, Ghost Adventures, or anything on television that is made up of pseudo-actors who rely on ratings, and not logical explanations. The third part is individual researchers have no understanding of the equipment he or she is purchasing, using, and instead of researching the equipment these individuals are taking it for face value. The fourth and more important factor is data contamination from personal belief because this becomes a bias that contaminates the research data.
Avoiding data contamination
A persons belief will always be available, but until people can remove personal beliefs from the research the data is considered contaminated. An example of how data can be contaminated is that when a person believes within realities that no longer exist it becomes a psychosis. Many researchers have approached me about hearing, seeing, and feeling a conscious energy because there is no conclusive data of the theory of a conscious energy. The only thought is that the belief is clouding judgment becoming Psychosis. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (2011) Psychosis is made up of “False beliefs that are not based in reality (delusions)”, and“Hearing, seeing, or feeling things that are not there (hallucinations)” (NCBI, 2011). I personally as a believer in conscious energies (ghost) have had always to rely on removing my own personal belief, and rely solely on the data that is collected.
NCBI (2011) Psychosis, Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002520/
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