As the number of paranormal investigation and research organizations has grown over the last several years, a common set of principles and standards needs to be adopted by which these organizations operate; currently they seem to be lacking and nearly non-existent. The reason that a set of standards and procedures are so critical, is that they provide an assurance to the client that its team members subscribe to a specific set of basic ethical and professional scientific processes that are quickly being adopted by serious investigative and research teams around the world as a set of standards when performed during any paranormal investigation. And Secondly, because when a specific paranormal organization has clearly defined their set of guidelines defining their process methodology in the appropriate collection and documentation of evidence, credibility is multiplied tenfold; not only for the team, but the anomalous science as well. In the next few pages, we will be reviewing how you can elevate the image of your ‘paranormal organization’ to a credible level as a research team in the eyes of the general public and your peers. Establishing Credibility Science vs. Anomalous Science What prevents paranormal research from being classified as an official ‘science?’ Basically, it’s that when a scientific experiment is performed, and data that is collected, analyzed, and cataloged, you must prove that you are be able to replicate that experiment over and over again, with the same conclusive results. This scientific process of experimentation is not only used explore observations, but answer a series of questions posed by the experiment. Scientists use this methodology to search for ‘cause’ and ‘effect’ relationships in nature. In other words, the experiment must be designed in such a way, that changes to one step will have a cause to something else, effecting the outcome in a predictable manner. Professional scientists rely on this method to help them focus on the project questions at hand. In the case of paranormal research, the series of questions posed could be; ‘Do ghosts really exist?  How do they manifest? Is it proof of life after death?’ We all know that in the world of ‘the paranormal,’ constructing a repeatable experiment whose design and execution cannot possibly be repeated exactly each time it’s executed, nor will the experiment rarely yield similar results to our hypothesis; which is precisely why it is called an ‘anomalous science.’ The Difference Between an Anomalous Science and Science Steps to a Scientific Methodology Ask a Question – The scientific method begins when you post a question about something that you have observed: How, What, When, Who, Which, Why, or Where? And, in order for the scientific method to answer the question it must be measurable, preferably with a number. Scientists love mathematics! Do Background Research – Rather than starting from scratch in putting together a plan for answering your question, you want to be a savvy scientist by using library and Internet research to help you find the best way to perform your experiment and insure that you don't repeat previous mistakes past. Test Your Hypothesis With an Experiment – Your experiment tests whether your hypothesis is true or false. It is important for your experiment to be a fair test and with controls in place. This is done by making sure that you change only one factor at a time while keeping all other conditions the same. You should be able to repeat your experiment several times to verify that the first results weren't just an accident. Analyze Your Data & Draw a Conclusion – Once you’ve concluded the experiment, collected an analyzed your measurements to verify that your hypothesis was true or false, it’s time to write a report of your findings. When scientists discover their hypothesis was false, they will often construct a new hypothesis and begin the entire process of this scientific method, again. Even if they find that their hypothesis was true, they may want to test it again in a different way. Communicate Your Results – To complete your scientific experiment you will need to articulate your results to others in a final report of your hypothesis and submit it for publication. Professional scientists do this by publishing their findings in a scientific journals or by presenting their controlled results on a posting within their scientific community or at a group meeting of peers. Most of you are already aware, that the 'Anomalous Science' of paranormal investigation, is typically not held in high esteem by the mainstream scientific community. This has been a long battle of attitudes in which the paranormal investigative and research groups will, and have always be looked upon with an irreverent skepticism. Most of which has been associated that we as investigators come from all walks of life, various socioeconomic backgrounds, and different levels of education. However these attitudes need to change and the best way to do it is by first bridging the gap between paranormal teams who follow a documented set of procedures and processes in their methodology of investigating and researching paranormal phenomenon. And secondly, show the 'scientific' community, that although we attempt to maintain a scientific methodology, our experiments and discoveries simple cannot be replicated with the same results over and over again simply because of the very nature of what we are investigating! So in conclusion, we must learn to educate ourselves, and learn to work together if we ever hope to gain acceptance as a 'real' and 'valid' science in 'anomalous' studies! Precisely why the Dimension Zone and The Journal of Anomalous Sciences publishes these pages in the first place! Why This is Included Herein Paranormal Teamwork A Step by Step Methodology
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