As you might imagine this website attracts quite a lot of readers with a diverse range of interests; some simply interested in the paranormal, others seeking relief from the same.
Due to other responsibilities we cannot respond to all readers that use our contact us form but we do try to answer the questions of those that seem to be sincerely troubled. Today we received one such message, that in reality is a common fear, that of Continue reading
by David Metcalfe for the Daily Grail
Christopher Laursen is a PhD Candidate in the Department of History at the University of British Columbia whose dissertation focuses on poltergeist phenomena. I first met him at the Parapsychological Association’s 2012 conference, and have been glad that his web magazine, the Extraordinarium, has allowed me to continue following developments in his research over the past few years. His PhD dissertation, titled Mischievous Forces, looks at the shifting perspectives on poltergeist phenomena in the 20th century, focusing on changing research paradigms in the United States and UK during this period. It’s with great pleasure that I had the opportunity to interview him via email regarding his work and recent developments in his studies, including an online survey of people who have experienced purported poltergeist phenomena (Click Here to take the survey).
DM: What is a poltergeist? How accurate is what we see in the popular media? Continue reading
Literal cases of Possession, Or Simply Cases of Epilepsy and Other Conditions?
Traditionally the subject of demonic possession and exorcism has been justified and given credibility by passages found in the Gospels. In this modern era, however, many people dismiss Biblical accounts of demon possession claiming that due to lack of understanding of mental conditions by the primitive people of the day, those innocents that Christ exorcised were not in fact possessed by demons but rather simply suffering from mental disease. However a careful study of the Bible reveals Continue reading