Studying The Paranormal
from the making-it-legitimate-or-proving-it's-bunk? dept
It seems that the “paranormal” is suddenly becoming an interesting academic research area. On Monday we wrote about how researchers had discovered that low frequency sounds could impact people in a way that they felt a ghostly presence, and now here are two more stories about paranormal research in academic settings. Lund University in Sweden is actually appointing a professor of the paranormal (jokingly called the “Ghost Professor”). Then, over in the UK, researchers are trying to study “out of body experiments”. At least, in this case, it looks like they’re approaching it from a truly academic perspective to see if there’s any way to prove someone had an out of body experience. They’re asking hospitals to put special objects near their cardiac equipment. Then, if someone claims to have had an out-of-body experience when being resuscitated from being nearly dead, the researchers will ask them if they saw any of those objects. I’m all for experiments like this that can be useful to show more conclusive data. A general professor of the paranormal, though, seems a bit questionable. What are they going to teach? How to be clairvoyant?