POLTERGEIST MONDAY: Poltergeists In World History

skull-1193784_960_720William Roll, the undisputed expert of poltergeist cases spent much of his career investigating modern Poltergeist. He also spent considerable time writing research articles and looking at historical claims of the Poltergeist, or “noisy ghost”. Unsurprisingly, the phenomena is not a recent trend and often has substantial witnesses to objects flying or breaking. Roll claims in 1979 that he discovered no less than 47 cases of poltergeist activity before 1958.

mortality-401222Roll goes on to explain that the majority of these cases are English and American (57%).  The first well-documented case is reported in 1849 and the last in 1957. We would note here that poltergeist cases appear at first glance to correspond to the beginnings of the spiritualist movement (a group of people who regularly contacted the dead through seances). However, five cases were reported in France and four each from Germany and Holland. Italy had three cases, and Austria, India, Ireland, Russia, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Finland, Sweden, and Switzerland had one or two well-documented reports of Poltergeist phenomena.

key-123554Recognizing that many cases could be fraudulent, Roll provides the following facts. In 40 of the 47 cases, visitors not belonging to the household witnessed Poltergeist phenomena. In one case between 30-40 people witnessed pieces of wood floating. In 37 out of 47 cases, witnesses watched an object move from beginning to the end of the movement. Roll also states that in all but one case, only certain types of objects (e.g. Furniture, or figurines) were the target of Psychokinesis.

Historical fraud or honest accounts of the supernatural? You be the judge.

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Submitted by: Brian Laythe

Reference

Roll, W. (1972).The poltergeist. New York, Doubleday.

 

Do Scientist’s Beliefs Change The Results of Valid Scientific Studies?

dsc_0088Caroline Watt, a well-known proponent of parapsychology, and Richard Wiseman, a well-known critic, worked together in this study to test if an experimenter’s belief in psi indirectly affects the outcome of results of a study. What is critical in this study is that both experimenters removed themselves completely from the study and placed controls against biasing participants!

dsc_0118The results of this study are shocking! When looking at paranormal belief and reasoning tasks, only one of the researchers obtained a relationship, when both performed the exact same procedure! The relationship that was scientifically related was supportive of the researcher’s beliefs. The researcher that did not obtain results had findings in line with their own beliefs!

dsc_0115It is worth noting that belief in psychic powers did not show this effect. However, this is one of the first studies suggesting that unconscious ESP may be affecting how participants behave in carefully controlled studies. If true, much of what we believe we know about human behavior (or science in general), may, in fact, represent the unconscious attitude of the researcher! In this writer’s opinion, if this finding is true, other fields such as physics and chemistry may be in worse trouble. Their controls with human interference are in many ways less stringent than most psychology studies.

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Submitted by: Brian Laythe

Reference

Watt, C., & Wiseman, R. (2002). Experimenter differences in cognitive correlates of paranormal belief and in psi. Journal of Parapsychology, 66, 371-385.

 

Does Astrology Predict Personality?

sundial-1388070In a small study of only 54 participants, researchers were asked to identify their personality profile based on one true and one bogus report of a standardized personality test. The same procedure (genuine and bogus) was used for a computer generated astrology birth chart. The question, which of the two methods (astrology or personality measure) would end up with more participants selecting the non-bogus report?

startup-849805These researchers showed that participants were more able to select their correct personality profile, but were unable to identify their genuine astrological birth chart. However, the difference in correctly selecting a correct personality profile versus a bogus one was only about 15%. While above chance, this is not a powerful effect. Astrological chart selection showed less than a 5% difference in selection of an accurate or bogus report.

skeletons-1617539The researchers in the study went on to examine many additional factors that contributed to this finding. However, the question that remains is this. Are astrological birth charts poor predictors of personality, or simply more complex and difficult to interpret? To our knowledge, the answer to this question is unknown to science. Detailed studies on astrology are very sparse in scientific research.

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Submitted by: Brian Laythe

Reference:

Wyman, J. A., Vyse, S. (2008). Science versus the stars: A double-blind test of validity of the NEO five-factor inventory and computer-generated astrological natal charts. The Journal of General Psychology, 135, 287-300.

 

Who Believes In The Paranormal?


florence-378070_960_720Tom Rice conducted a study in 2003 to determine if there is a difference in who believes in the paranormal based on their age, gender, race, educational levels, religious beliefs, and income levels.
Rice found  that when it came to age, younger people tend to believe more than the older people in heaven and hell, ghosts, and are more likely to be superstitious. Older people seem to believe more in ESP, and prayer to heal an illness.

scary-666620Women were more likely to believe in most classic supernatural phenomena.  Race and income levels are largely unrelated to belief in the phenomena. Better-educated people are actually more likely to believe in most of the phenomena such as ESP, psychic healing and are more likely to say they can heal their bodies with their mind. Less educated are more likely to believe in traditional religious supernatural events. Whites are more likely to believe in psychic healing and UFOs, and other supernatural phenomena. Those with lower income levels tend to be more superstitious and believe in astrology.

0239    In conclusion, everyone has their own belief systems, and although we can say that there seems to be a difference in age, gender, race, educational levels, religious beliefs, and income levels as far as believing in paranormal phenomena, it truly falls into a person’s own belief. There is no right or wrong, it’s just how a person feels inside themselves in whether they are believers or skeptics.

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Submitted by: Bridget Cotton

Reference:

Rice, T. W. (2003) Believe it or not: Religious and other paranormal beliefs in the United States. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 42, 95-106.

Paranormal Facts: Parapsychological Research Everyone Can Access

dsc_0048The Institute for the Study of Religious and Anomalous Experience (ISRAE) believes in education and providing quality information to the public about events and experiences that are labeled “paranormal”. For several years, we have been conducting research to understand and explore the strange, the haunted, and the supernatural. Our mission is to publish scientific papers on the topic.

dsc_0119Most people don’t know that a small group of scientists around the world have been studying phenomena like psychism, hauntings,seances, remote viewing, and near death experiences. For over a 100 years. To read the research you have to find the journals that publish this kind of work. Unfortunately, most people can’t get access to these journals. We’re bringing the parapsychology to the people. Every week, we will be posting easy to understand blogs summarizing the science and the findings of parapsychology. We’ll make sure you get the core results from the science that has been conducted. Hopefully, you’ll be entertained as well.

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The Housing Project Poltergeist in Newark

The Housing Project Poltergeist in Newark

utrecht-578783At his third visit to the Clark’s home, Roll, to his surprise, has a small bottle from an end table fly off the table and hit Dr. Roll on the head. Including a total of 59 psychokinetic incidents, and lasting over nine months, multiple objects were reported to fly around the home when the Clark’s child Ernie was present.

monster-1454286Events included coffee cups falling one by one off of a mug rack, bottles in the bathroom falling and breaking, a cologne bottle flying from the bathroom and into the living room. Witnesses report the cologne bottle turning in mid-air to fly into the living room from the hallway. Police were unable to account for the reports. When confronted by drunks at the front door, wanting to see the boy who had objects fly around him, a crockery lamp from the living room moved and crashed to the floor.

key-96233Ultimately, this case was determined to be fraudulent by Dr. Roll. Many of the events involved conditions where the child, Ernie, could have simply thrown the objects. Ernie was caught smuggling objects out of the house. At one point money was disappearing and reappearing. Events never occurred when Ernie was watched closely. Thus, in this instance, the poltergeist case was debunked.

 
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Reference 

Roll, W. (1972).The poltergeist. New York, Doubleday.

Submitted by: Brian Laythe

Paranormal Facts: Poltergeist Monday

 

The Seaford Long Island Disturbances

death-614644_960_720One of William Roll’s first investigations, the Herrmann’s reported that their two children, Lucille and James, reported noises of bottles popping their caps. Holy water uncapped and spilled in the house. A doll was found with its legs broken. Roll was called in to investigate these claims. The first interview with a patrolman reported the same bottle popping phenomena, while the officer was with the entire family.

horror-914404In all, 67 psychokinetic events were recorded, where 40 of the incidents involved the movement of the same 16 objects. A male figurine was thrown twice at a visiting secretary, breaking in the process. 23 separate bottle poppings occurred. Roll himself was present when a bleach bottle popped its top off on its own. At one point, a new coffee table was found turned upside down.

 

dsc_0065Roll personally investigated the scene for ten days. Engineers and other experts were called in to examine for fraud and magic trickery. The family, horrified, actually spent several days away from the home. To this day neither the police, experts, or Roll himself believe the events were hoaxed.

 
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Reference 

Roll, W. (1972).The poltergeist. New York, Doubleday.

Submitted By: Brian Laythe