An article by Lisa Lundie (Ghost Finders)
There are more paranormal research groups in the world today than ever before. There is more information available to researchers through books and the internet than we ever imagined would be possible. Does this then mean that we have ‘experts’ in the field of the paranormal?
In every walk of life, many people may consider themselves experts in their chosen field. They will probably have spent many years on research, learning, developing and finally understanding a subject before considering themselves an expert. However, when it comes to the paranormal, the use of the word ‘expert’ is used very freely and worryingly, is becoming more and more common. Is it really possible to be an expert on the paranormal when there are still so many unanswered questions?
It is only human nature, that when we don’t know enough about a subject, we immediately look for someone with more knowledge, whom we then consider to be an expert. You only need to look at the amount of books and websites available to see that there are lots of people and groups who have accumulated much knowledge on the subject of the paranormal. This however does not necessarily make them experts. The point is that no-one is even close to knowing everything there is to know about the paranormal and yet there are so many people who class themselves as experts.
In every area of the paranormal, you will find people who are more than happy to give you their ‘expert’ view on the best methods to use, different techniques etc. The problem is that if you ask different people for their opinions, you will get many different views, even among the so-called ‘experts’. Some views will vary only slightly, while others will completely contradict each other. This only goes to show that no-one truly knows all the answers and all that we can offer are opinions based on our own experience.
Sadly, arrogance is something that we will all come across at some point in our lives. It is an unpleasant trait at the best of times, but when it comes to being arrogant about the paranormal, it can be extremely dangerous. Not only do you put yourself at risk by assuming that you know exactly what you are dealing with, but you can put others at risk by allowing them to believe that you know exactly what you are dealing with. The only thing that anyone can be sure of is that when you are dealing with the paranormal, anything is possible.
There will always be groups or individuals who want to monopolise the world of the paranormal. Their motivation may be fame and fortune or it may be a desire to stand above everyone else. Perhaps these are the people who have the most still to learn but you cannot learn what you think you already know! As paranormal researchers, it is our duty and responsibility to share information and findings with other groups so that we call all work towards the common goal. As long as there are genuine research teams sharing findings and working on taking research to new levels, we have more chance of finding the answers that we are all looking for.
The day the world has a true expert on the paranormal, is the day we can all put down our tools and give up our search!