More On Paranormal Investigations

Paranormal Investigation; two words that have different meanings to various members of the Christian Clergy. When you reference Paranormal Investigation in the presence of Roman Catholic Priests or Bishops they either roll their eyes up to heaven and silently mutter a prayer or you can almost literally hear bells, whistles, and other alarms sounding off as the proverbial hackles raise; most of the Roman clergy I have had the distinct pleasure of interviewing are Continue reading

Mysterious Forces: Exploring the Poltergeist Phenomenon

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