WHO YA GONNA CALL? “The Sam Spade of Real Ghostbusters”

One of the most liked movies in history….One of the most disliked trailers in YouTube history…GHOSTBUSTERS!

32 years ago, the original GHOSTBUSTERS broke box office records and has become part of Western popular culture since. Last year, the first trailer for the new GHOSTBUSTERS achieved notoriety by getting more negative comments and dislikes than any other movie trailer in YouTube’s not-so-long history, apparently mostly because of the reboot with an all female cast. (Really?? That’s why people were upset?)

As someone who became so connected to the original movie thanks to being recognized as one of the “real-life ghostbusters” by so many newspaper, TV, and radio outlets, I was overjoyed at the opportunity the coverage provided to talk about the real field of Parapsychology, how we actually did/do paranormal investigations, how people really experience apparitions (ghosts), hauntings and poltergeists, and why we were not then (nor are we now) at a point in technology and science where we could create a ghost trap or all the other items of ghostbuster-tech employed in the film. Or why I’d never been slimed.

The media, which today includes social media, has always been quick to go to folklore and fiction for it’s portrayal of the paranormal. GHOSTBUSTERS afforded those of us in the field that’s been doing this since the 1800s to answer a different question:

We know you don’t do things like the Ghostbusters, so what do you REALLY do and what have you found?”

The new GHOSTBUSTERS is going to have lots of attention. There are four extremely funny women in the film, and while I lament that it’s a reboot instead of a “30 years later,” I will be looking at the movie with totally open eyes, hoping it’s a) funny, b) reverential to the original and c) funny.

I want to encourage everyone who’s a fan of the original movies to give it a chance. Let the paranormal protectors do their thing and hopefully entertain us. Don’t dismiss the film because you’re not happy it’s women doing the ‘busting — in fact, consider this a first step in reinvigorating the franchise (leading to more movies with other actors as ghostbusters?).

The first film (and even the second) made the paranormal FUN. It gave me and others a platform to compare and contrast the real experiences we study, our methods and tools, and findings against a fantasy that almost no one took to be real — unlike the “reality” shows and reality TV stars (and the producers pushing them) who have played fast and loose with “science,” made up their own methods and “findings” (with little or no awareness or knowledge that others have been studying/investigating for over 100 years), and gathered a fan base of a paranormal community (NOT a field of study) that seems to accept what they see on TV as Truth (though I’m happy to find and meet exceptions to the latter).

Sadly, because of the rise of the hobbyist and amateur ghost hunters (and their “teams”), too many of whom have no education or even garnered knowledge of field investigation and findings (and associated issues that allow us to provide some actual help), too many potential cases calls are going to those with the prettiest websites or the wildest claims (often mimicking what they see on TV). “Who Ya Gonna Call?” has been diluted by the thousands of ghost hunters who should stick to public places rather than cases of people who have been scared, disturbed, or even traumatized by their paranormal experiences (or non-paranormal situations that they have concluded are paranormal).

Again, thankfully, there are exceptions — though far too few.

People have called me one of the “pioneers” and an “original ghost hunter.” I have to immediately correct them, as my own education came from the work of so many others, going back to the “originals” who started the Society for Psychical Research and the American Society for Psychical Research in the 1880s.

See GHOSTBUSTERS, then ask the question the media asked 30 years ago: What do the real parapsychologists who do field investigation do? What have they done in the past? What have they learned about the phenomena? The methods of investigations? What equipment do the real scientists use and WHY?

For myself, and my colleagues, I’m hoping the media (and social media) re-discovers us, and through those channels, that the general public re-discovers the “real ghostbusters.” Certainly the “paranormal community” won’t get any more on board.

The vast majority of ghost hunters out there are either blithely unaware of the history or simply don’t care (after all, some of their “heroes” on TV have said there’s nothing much to be learned, that there are no “experts” or even that education in this area is a waste of time). On three occasions I’ve had ghost hunters say to me “why should I listen to you? You don’t have a TV series!” As if that’s the credential one needs to be doing the real work.

However, to those who won’t listen to anyone who’s been actively involved in the real field that studies the paranormal, maybe use a little common sense and ask your para-celebrities what their actual knowledge base was before they became TV stars…what their awareness of the actual scientific work has been.

I may not have had a TV series, but I’ve been in the media thousands of times. That’s not my qualification to do work in/around the paranormal — that’s my qualification to do more media!

And I can certainly say I was pegged by many more media outlets than almost anyone in or around the field as one of the “real ghostbusters, with one of my favorite headlines comparing me to Dashiel Hammett’s hard-boiled detective. The San Francisco Examiner called me “The Sam Spade of Real Ghostbusters.”e

Ghost Detective….that’s what I am!

And I’ve never been slimed (at least, not by a ghost)…

(Watch for my review of the new GHOSTBUSTERS)

NEW: ADVANCED PARANORMAL INVESTIGATIONS CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

New for local (Bay Area) or Distance Learners! Note: when offered live at HCH Institute or other locations in the Bay Area, these classes can be attended via audio/phone. In addition, if there is interest, I can start offering these courses via video/web conferencing.

Please contact me (Loyd Auerbach) at profparanormal@gmail.com with any questions and your interest.

This new Certificate program, designed and taught by Loyd Auerbach, will take you and your skills from that of a mere “ghost hunter” to a paranormal investigator with an exceptional knowledge base of:

  • How to investigate scientifically (and when science has nothing to do with it)
  • How to best deal with potential clients (living and dead), including the publicly haunted sites and private homeowners
  • How to best assess both the evidence gathered from technology and the technology itself, and how to (and how much you can) apply that evidence to understanding what’s going on, supporting the reality of the phenomena, and helping the clients when appropriate
  • How to best assess psychics and mediums (and other sensitives), how to work with them in investigations, and how to assess and apply the evidence they provide
  • Theories and Models of Apparitions, Hauntings and Poltergeists in-depth, and how to deal with each of these types of phenomena/experiences.
  • How to deal with reported psychic attack and possession or spirit attachment and techniques of psychic protection
  • And more…

Classes that are part of this program are:

  • Advanced Ghost Hunting: three courses (I, II, and III)
  • Apparitions: In-Depth
  • Poltergeists: In-Depth
  • Hauntings: In-Depth
  • Case Assessments: What’s Paranormal and What’s Normal in the Case?
  • Mediumship: Explorations and Evidence
  • Psychic Attack, Possession & Psychic Protection
  • Ghost Hunting with Psychics & Mediums

Students wishing to take the “Advanced Ghost Hunting” classes (with that title) must have done one of the following.

1) Taken the HCH Ghost Hunting: How to Investigate the Paranormal course OR

2) Taken Loyd Auerbach’s Field Investigations course offered through the Rhine Education Center. OR

3) Taken and passed Loyd Auerbach’s Investigator’s quiz (which you can get from Loyd Auerbach) OR

4) Established yourself with Loyd Auerbach as knowledgeable in parapsychological field investigation methodology and basic concepts and models of apparitions, hauntings and poltergeists.

Other classes in this series can be taken without the prerequisites (though the Intro to Parapsychology class offered by HCH Institute is highly recommended)

The information for the individual courses is as follows:

Advanced Ghost Hunting (12 hours in 4 weekly meetings): This course takes the next steps past basic ghost hunting/paranormal investigations knowledge. In this course, students will:

  1. Delve deeper into the field investigations methodologies and models of the phenomena in Parapsychology.
  2. Delve deeper into dealing with clients (living and dead) during investigations, resolutions and follow-up.
  3. Delve deeper into the investigation of public-haunts vs. private homes.
  4. Delve deeper into sorting through evidence, and look at how/when technology, including EVP, and psychics/mediums fit best into both private home and public site investigations.

Advanced Ghost Hunting II (6 hours in 2 weekly meetings) : This course continues the more advanced/next step knowledge for investigations into the paranormal. It will cover

  • Psychology, Mis-Perception in and “Normal” (though Unusual) Explanations and
  • Applying Parapsychology’s Laboratory Research to Field Investigations

Prerequisites: same as the above course. Advanced Ghost Hunting II may be taken before the primary Advanced Ghost Hunting class.

Advanced Ghost Hunting III (6 hours in 2 weekly meetings): This course continues the advanced/next step knowledge and focuses on the use of technology:

  • Visual Tech
  • Sound Tech
  • Environmental Tech

Prerequisites: same as the above course. Advanced Ghost Hunting III may be taken before the primary Advanced Ghost Hunting class.

Apparitions: In-Depth (3 hours in 1 weekly meetings): This one session class focuses on all forms of apparitions – a.k.a. ghost. We’ll look at apparitions seemingly projected by the living, crisis apparitions, apparitions seen by people on their deathbed, and of course, apparitions of the dead. We’ll examine some “best cases” and look at explanations and theories of apparitions of the dead. Illustrated with lots of ghost stories from the work of Loyd Auerbach (and of course, from other parapsychologists). We’ll discuss the importance of discerning whether a “ghost” in a case is a conscious entity or a residual/psychic imprint. Finally, we’ll cover how to potentially communicate with and best deal with apparitions in investigations.

Hauntings: In-Depth (3 hours in 1 weekly meetings):  This one-evening session will look at the long history of haunted places and objects and why psychical researchers and parapsychologists have separated them into their own category different from apparitions. Learn about the models of hauntings, from psychic imprinting to the British “stone tape theory” to geophysical possibilities.

We’ll also delve into specific haunting cases, including a few from the casebooks of the instructor, Loyd Auerbach and several of his colleagues. We’ll consider how sometimes phenomena can be mixed (hauntings and apparitions together), and even how a haunting can cause a poltergeist situation. Finally, for those investigating haunting, apparition, and poltergeist cases, we’ll talk about resolving cases of hauntings and how and why haunting resolutions are so different from the others.

Poltergeists: In-Depth (3 hours in 1 weekly meetings): The term “poltergeist” translates to “noisy ghost,” which is how 16th Century Germans saw the particular physical phenomena when they coined the term. Beginning in the early 20th Century and by the 1950s–based on hundreds of case investigations and research studies–parapsychologists formed a new model: living agent psychokinesis (PK). Learn why this model holds up so well, how it helps us resolve the situations and how it connects to lab research on PK.

Also considered is PK caused by apparent apparitions/entities, how the activity and experiences differ, and why apparitional PK activity is no longer called “poltergeist activity” here in the US. Finally, we look at the how the living-agent distinction is not necessarily made in other parts of the world, such as the UK, and what recent analyses of activity in cases has revealed.

With some focus on the work of the late William G. Roll, who formalized the model used for living agent PK.

Case Assessments: What’s Paranormal and What’s Normal in the Case? (3 hours in 1 weekly meetings): This one session class will cover how to look at a case, from initial contact with the client through the on-site investigation (should one be done) with an eye on “diagnosing” what reported events are indeed paranormal, what events have more normal explanations, and how various forms of paranormal activity (with different causes) can show up in the same case. We’ll also discuss how to assess potential clients for truthfulness, sincerity, motivation and mental state.

Mediumship: Explorations and Evidence (6 hours in 2 weekly meetings): This two session class looks deeply into the history, practice, beliefs, claims and evidence of Mediumship, both physical and mental/psychic. History of mediumship, with focus on the rise of Spiritualism and Psychical Research, is covered as well as the main research and findings since the mid-1800s, focusing on the recent surge in interest in mediums as well as the new research with spirit mediums. We’ll consider the difference between psychics and mediums, and how to tell the difference – and what each talent might be good for in various kinds of investigations. Includes discussion of opening up as a medium and learning to control one’s mediumistic abilities.

Psychic Attack , Possession & Psychic Protection (3 hours in 1 weekly meetings): This one-shot class takes a look at the evidence for and against possession (by spirits and demons), how this is related to channeling and mediumship, to spirit attachment, and the difference between possession and psychic attack. How can one discern what’s going on in situations that might be called possession, psychic attack, ESP gone wrong, psychological disturbance or just plain mistaken perception?  What can an investigator do?  Or an exorcist? Or even a shaman?

There is discussion of the pluses and minuses of spirit communications practices, from the “dreaded” Ouija Board (and why it has a bad rap) to automatic writing to EVP and the use of K2 and other meters and flashlights.            Finally, parapsychologist Loyd Auerbach directly addresses techniques for psychic protection and self-defense as well as getting rid of bad energy/entities.

Ghost Hunting with Psychics & Mediums (3 hours in 1 weekly meetings): In this special one-shot session you will find out how psychics/mediums and parapsychologists approach investigations of apparitions, hauntings and poltergeists differently, how they each apply the knowledge and skills they have to cases, and how they work together as a true team. Also discussed was how to assess a psychic/medium for and in investigations.

If you’re interested, please contact me at profparanormal@gmail.com

If you have a group interested in taking any or all of these courses and are not in the Bay Area, do contact me as I can arrange for a video/web conference version to suit your group.

If you have a Bay Area room/space for a small group to take the courses on the weekends, again, contact me and we’ll see if we can work something out.

 

MARCH SPECIAL EVENTS AND CLASSES

MARCH 2016 has a bunch of special events going on.

First, check out the Kickstarter campaign I’m hosting for the Laboratories for Fundamental Research to support getting published the best of the US Government research on remote viewing and other psychic abilities (last known as the Star Gate Program). Go to http://tinyurl.com/rvarchives to help us out and please do spread the word!

Note that HCH Institute has moved to 3746 Mt. Diablo Blvd. suite 200, Lafayette, CA (just to the other side of the hill). Directions can be found at http://www.hypnotherapytraining.com/abouthch.cfm

Here’s the calendar. Descriptions below.

MARCH 8TH, 6:30-9:30 PM at HCH Institute. “Test Your ESP” one shot class

MARCH 12TH, starting at 1 PM at the Meek Mansion, Hayward, CA, “A Paranormal Workshop” (I’m one of the speakers)

MARCH 15TH, 6:30-9:30 PM at HCH Institute, “POLTERGEISTS!”

MARCH 17TH, four Thursdays, 6:30-9:30 PM at HCH Institute. GHOST HUNTING: HOW TO INVESTIGATE THE PARANORMAL (course)

MARCH 18TH, 7:30-9:30 PM at HCH Institute, PUBLISHING AND PROMOTING A BOOK OR eBOOK

MARCH 22ND & 29TH, 6:30-9:30 PM at HCH Institute: MEDIUMSHIP: AN EXPLORATION

MARCH 25TH, starting at 8 PM at HCH Institute: PROFESSOR PARANORMAL’S PSYCHIC MIND THEATER, a psychic entertainment show (you know, mind reading, predictions, and other fun stuff)

DESCRIPTIONS:

TEST YOUR ESP: HCH Institute, $50: This special session will present a variety of methods for people to test their own ESP and PsychoKinesis (Mind Over Matter) — which we’ll try throughout the class. The emphasis will be mainly on various ESP abilities (including mediumistic talents) and attendees will get to try their minds at a variety of tasks. Parapsychologist Loyd Auerbach will “test” you and provide assessments, as well as provide you with instruction as to how to continue to work with the testing methods at home — which can help you develop your abilities as well.

For this session, please contact the instructor, Loyd Auerbach, directly to pre-register either at profparanormal@gmail.com or 925-518-4071. It is very important that you contact him before the session by Noon on Monday, March 7th.

A PARANORMAL WORKSHOP at the Meek Mansion, Hayward, CA. Speakers and an investigation of the Meek Mansion. For details, go to http://www.haywardareahistory.org/calendar/

POLTERGEISTS!: HCH Institute, $50: May be attended by phone as well.

The term “poltergeist” translates to “noisy ghost,” which is how 16th Century Germans saw the particular physical phenomena when they coined the term. Beginning in the early 20th Century and by the 1950s–based on hundreds of case investigations and research studies–parapsychologists formed a new model: living agent psychokinesis (PK). Learn why this model holds up so well, how it helps us resolve the situations and how it connects to lab research on PK. Also considered is PK caused by apparent apparitions/entities, how the activity and experiences differ, and why apparitional PK activity is no longer called “poltergeist activity” here in the US. Finally, we look at the how the living-agent distinction is not necessarily made in other parts of the world, such as the UK, and what recent analyses of activity in cases has revealed. With some focus on the work of the late William G. Roll, who formalized the model used for living agent PK. This course is counts towards the Advanced Ghost Hunting Certificate, but has no prerequisites. Students receive a loaded CD-rom with audio, text and video.

For this session, please contact the instructor, Loyd Auerbach, directly to pre-register either at profparanormal@gmail.com or 925-518-4071. It is very important that you contact him before the session by Noon on Monday, March 14th. We have both a minimum and maximum number of people we can have for this session — if we do not have enough reservations by the day before, the session will be cancelled (though it looks to be popular, in which case pre-register by Monday or you may not have a spot).

PUBLISHING AND PROMOTING A BOOK OR eBOOK: HCH Institute, $20 (includes a copy of Self-Publishing: It Ain’t Rocket Science) : If you have ever thought about writing a book (fiction or nonfiction), or publishing something you already have written, you may have hit a number of stumbling blocks – especially in the publishing steps, whether you were trying for a traditional publisher or going the self-publishing route.
In this introduction to (writing and) self-publishing, traditional publishing, and promoting a book, you’ll learn:
– Strategies to getting a book together, written, and self-published
– Editing and formatting tips
– Deciding between traditional publishers and the newer self-publishing routes
– Print and ebook choices
– What an author platform is, and why it’s so important to have one
– Tips on promoting your book and yourself via traditional media (radio, TV, etc.)
– An overview of social media for authors and why it’s so important
– How to maximize your time doing social media for promotion of you and your book or business

This session is great for you if you want to write/self-publish a book, are already a published author, or are an expert or entrepreneur/self-employed business owner.

May be attended by phone as well. For this session, please contact the instructor, Loyd Auerbach, directly to pre-register either at profparanormal@gmail.com or 925-518-4071.

MEDIUMSHIP: AN EXPLORATION (two Tuesdays): HCH Institute, $150. This two session class looks deeply into the history, practice, beliefs, claims and evidence of Mediumship, both physical and mental/psychic. History of mediumship, with focus on the rise of Spiritualism and Psychical Research, is covered as well as the main research and findings since the mid-1800s, focusing on the recent surge in interest in mediums as well as the new research with spirit mediums. We’ll consider the difference between psychics and mediums, and how to tell the difference – and what each talent might be good for in various kinds of investigations. Includes discussion of opening up as a medium and learning to control one’s mediumistic abilities. To Register, contact HCH Institute, 925-283-3941 or paul@hypnotherapytraining.com. This course is counts towards the Advanced Ghost Hunting Certificate, but has no prerequisites. Students receive a loaded CD-rom with audio, text and video.

GHOST HUNTING: HOW TO INVESTIGATE THE PARANORMAL (four Thursdays): HCH Institute, $250. May be attended by phone as well.

Most people are interested in the paranormal phenomena we classify as ”ghostly”: Apparitions, Hauntings and Poltergeists. Many are interested in understanding their own experiences and the experiences of others. Many are intensely interested in gaining the skills and knowledge necessary to be an effective investigator of such things: a Ghost Hunter.
This class is a guide to ghost hunting, and attendees will gain the basic skills and understanding for investigation of ghosts, poltergeists, haunted places and related psychic experiences. The class will include the models of what these things are (from the field of parapsychology), how the scientific and psychic approaches can mesh together, and how to assess a situation, investigate it, and resolve the case to the satisfaction of the people having the experiences (and hopefully to the satisfaction of the ghosts, when they’re involved).
You will learn about: Apparitions, hauntings and poltergeists: differences and similarities;
What else can make a “ghost”;The investigative process, from initial call to resolution;
Technology & Psychics in ghost hunting; How the techniques of the professionals differ from those of the amateurs; Psychic potential for investigators; The ethics of paranormal investigating; How his investigations have affected Auerbach’s own personal outlook on life; The deep (and necessary) connections between apparitions, hauntings and poltergeists and other psychic experiences and abilities, and why a ghost hunter or paranormal investigator absolutely needs an understanding of the findings of Parapsychology in order to both conduct a thorough investigation and come to at least a range of reasonable conclusions – and to understand the “why” of the phenomena.
Naturally, the class will include some of Auerbach’s more exciting cases.

Students receive a fully loaded DVD-rom with audio, text and video.

 

Science as Relative Truth

SCIENCE AS RELATIVE TRUTH
Loyd Auerbach, MS

NOTE: I wrote the first version of this more than 20 years ago.

There often seems to be discussion as to whether Science delineates absolute or relative truth with respect to the knowledge it uncovers. I wanted to share my own perspective on this, having some background in the physical sciences and more in social science. My own understanding of objective reality points me more towards the relative, as the absolute would seem to be just outside of human reach.

Our understanding of the Universe around us has a boundary of the whole of human experience – a pretty broad border, indeed. Much of Science ignores, and too many scientists forget, that while the data may seem “objective,” those correlating, theorizing, speculating, concluding and such with regards to the data are still subject to human perceptions, biases and beliefs, no matter how detached they may try to become.

Science is the search for knowledge, yet the more we learn about the natural world the more our conceptions are assaulted by new “facts.” The more new observations turn up, the more we try to theorize as to the workings of the natural world, the more we are forced to look at our ideas and if necessary, alter them to fit the new knowledge. The more we learn, the more we find we don’t know.

It was once thought that Science was a collection of what was known about the natural order. Sadly, some still behave as though this is the case.

As scientists learned more and more, their thirst for new “truths” led to the aiming of Science towards the pursuit of those “new truths” rather than merely collecting as we go along. The more we learn, the greater grows our curiosity. Or at least it should.

Our conceptions, scientific and otherwise, about our world and our Universe are constantly undergoing changes. Scientists are more willing than ever to believe their ideas are not really infallible. Unfortunately, of course, there are holdouts in every branch of Science, as scientists are human and humans are notorious for resisting change in their belief systems. However, as Science moves along, new theories are constantly superseding the old ones and we are forced to look at the physical world somewhat differently. It is not only the knowledge and truth that changes, but also our conceptions of these truths.

Science may try to deal in absolutes, but the human element is there. The so-called “Laws of Nature” don’t behave as we always say they do. They are not dependent on human thought. However, as David Bohm says, human actions with relation to these laws must be guided by correct conceptions of these laws if we are to ever achieve the results we are searching for.

It is our concepts of these laws and how we perceive them that tell us how we believe them to work. Our concepts depend on past human experience. No natural law as we perceive it can be totally without error; absolute. All scientific laws must have built in error(s) as these laws are represented in terms of human (and therefore finite) concepts. Therefore, there can be no one valid method or approach to scientific problems, as the method or approach would be applied to the problem in terms of the agent’s conception of the variables and laws involved. If we are to define all errors in a given law flawlessly, we would have an absolute truth, rather than the relative truth we know now. Scientific research moves toward the absolute by studying the relative. By uncovering these built-in errors, we challenge previous knowledge and conceptions. By altering our conceptions to include these new “facts” we can move towards new knowledge.

Truth in relation to Science is, at this point in time, relative to the way we perceive the facts and place them in categories. Someone once said that a Science sufficiently advanced of our own, as well as that which that particular science defines, would seem to us as Magic. Many scientists argue this point by saying that we are beyond the point of accepting phenomena at face value. In relatively recent years there have been discoveries of tribes of people in remote sections of the world still living in the Stone Age (at that level of development). To them, our science made the anthropologists seem as gods. To them, all about us was magic, as how else could they explain a helicopter as something other than a godly creation.

Our world and the sciences that are found here have many cultures standing behind all that is uncovered in the way of “truth.” Technology jumps ahead in leaps and bounds, while human understanding of the science behind the technology plods along. Perhaps most scientists, if they were to be presented with something out of the realm of human experience, would not accept such things as they appear to be. However, many dismiss unusual phenomena as not worth looking into, while many a layman might see something “magical.” Many people look on Science as something “unknowable” or even magical. Our concepts of the physical world are relative to past human experience, whether those experiencing (or investigating) the phenomena are scientists or not, and those concepts partly make up the truth – the other part actually composed of the facts.

Parapsychology deals with phenomena beyond the realm of what is termed “normal” human experience. The type of energy – if energy is what it is — that composes the phenomenon called the poltergeist, for example, is something physicists have never encountered before, at least not in the form it appears, or it is something we already know about that is presenting itself in a way that is “outside the box” of what it is and how we might look for it. The science of Parapsychology calls out for an alteration of human concepts about the physical world. If this is a new form of energy, the physicist must alter his concepts to include this new “truth,” and the same is true if it’s a known energy showing itself in a “new” way. But the search for the truth with regards to such phenomena is still a search for relative truth, as human perceptions and ideas are still involved.

Theories are approximate, conditional, and relative truths. If they were absolute, there would be no way a new theory could supersede the old one. Much is made of theory needing to be falsifiable (capable of being proven wrong), yet there are theories in Physics today that are not falsifiable (e.g. String Theory and the concept of a Multiverse), if only because we simply are not at a level of technology (and Science) to be able to provide that possibility.

The whole of human experience is made up of approximations and probabilities, and as such our knowledge is composed of relative truths. The question arises as to whether objectivity aids in the scientific method. Unfortunately, even when a scientist looks at something objectively, and tries to collate data with total detachment, in the best of instances human perceptions and readings of the results are still part of the process, and the “truth” is therefore in those instances might still relative to human experience.

The Truth is relative, not absolute.

As a next step, please go to https://www.quantamagazine.org/20151216-physicists-and-philosophers-debate-the-boundaries-of-science/ dealing with a debate as to whether untestable theories in physics (and presumably other sciences) ought to be trusted anyway.

New Interviews with Loyd Auerbach

This past week, a few interviews with Professor Paranormal himself, Loyd Auerbach (yes, that’s me!) hit the web.

The first is a special clip from Audioburst from an interview with me by Art Bell, in which I talk about one of my favorite cases in relation to Psychokinesis (Mind over Matter).

Next are two segments of an interview conducted for a local web series, “The Haunted Bay.” First up, an interview for their episode 10, “What Are Ghosts?”


Next is for The Haunted Bay, episode 11, “Can Ghosts Travel?”

A more recent webTV interview, done at the production company that is the legacy of the old cable network TechTV — where I did many appearances — happened on Halloween 2015 for their show “The New Screen Savers.” The webTV network is TWiT.TV (This Week in Tech), hosted by Leo Laporte. My interview comes in at 1:05:43 — it’s a really good one!!

 

GHOST HUNTING class starts Wednesday, October 7th

GHOST HUNTING: How to Investigate the Paranormal: 4 (3 hour) classes

Wednesdays, October 7, 14, 21 & 28, from 6:30-9:30 PM Pacific time

ATTEND BY PHONE OR IN PERSON. Classes are held at HCH Institute, 3702 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, CA (or on your telephone).

All attendees receive a DVD-rom disc with a ton of info, including mp3 audio (a previous offering of the course, plus extra audio), video (including an unaired TV pilot), and a large amount of required reading and supporting documents (include a number of ebooks).

The class will be recorded, and you will receive the mp3 afterwards as well!

Most people are interested in the paranormal phenomena we classify as “ghostly”: Apparitions, Hauntings and Poltergeists. Many are interested in understanding their own experiences and the experiences of others. Many are intensely interested in gaining the skills and knowledge necessary to be an effective investigator of such things: a Ghost Hunter. This class is a guide to ghost hunting, and attendees will gain the basic skills and understanding for investigation of ghosts, poltergeists, haunted places and related psychic experiences. The class will include the models of what these things are (from the field of parapsychology), how the scientific and psychic approaches can mesh together, and how to assess a situation, investigate it, and resolve the case to the satisfaction of the people having the experiences (and hopefully to the satisfaction of the ghosts, when they’re involved).

Based on the field of Parapsychology’s 130+ year experience with such investigations, the class will cover: Apparitions, Hauntings and Poltergeists: differences and similarities; What else can make a “ghost”; The investigative process, from initial call to resolution; Technology & Psychics in ghost hunting; How the techniques of the professionals differ from those of the amateurs; The ethics of paranormal investigating and legal issues that can be involved.

The deep (and necessary) connections between apparitions, hauntings and poltergeists and other psychic experiences and abilities, and why a ghost hunter or paranormal investigator needs an understanding of the findings of Parapsychology in order to both conduct a thorough investigation and come to at least a range of reasonable conclusions – and to understand the “why” of the phenomena.

Naturally, the class will include some of Auerbach’s more exciting cases.

Students completing this course are eligible to affiliate with Loyd Auerbach’s Office of Paranormal Investigations and be deployed for appropriate investigations that become available in their own locale.

Cost is $250 for the course and DVD-Rom with audio, video and text.

Call 925-283-3941 to reserve your space, or email paul@hypnotherapytraining.com

HCH is BART accessible. Go to www.HypnotherapyTraining.com for directions.

Approved for CE credits for MFTs, LSCWs and RNs All classes are held at HCH Institute 3702 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette, CA 94549

Remember: if you are outside the Bay Area (or even in the Bay Area and just don’t want to fight the traffic, you may attend the class by telephone.

An Important New Publication on Extrasensory Perception

I’ve been a little behind in posting events for myself, and in posting anything of substance here on my site. Been working on a few things, including working a bit at JFK University doing marketing and running a speaker program for the Consciousness and Transformative Studies MA Program, as well as developing content and teaching (or co-teaching) online courses for the Rhine Center (www.rhine.org and www.rhineeducationcenter.org ).

Now I’d like to get back in the swing of talking about developments in Parapsychology and providing some commentary on the paranormal generally, and paranormal pop culture in particular. So do come back and visit every week for more.

To kick off this new push (for myself), something new…

I am very proud to have contributed a chapter (with the help of Sheila Smith and Dominic Parker backing up the research material) to an incredibly important new text on psychic phenomena.

Just released from Praeger is a two volume hardcover set called EXTRASENSORY PERCEPTION: SUPPORT, SKEPTICISM AND SCIENCE, edited by Edwin C. May and Sonali Bhatt Marwaha.

The books include chapter contributions from notables not only in the field of Parapsychology, but also from a number of other mainstream sciences. The foreword is by neuroscientist James Fallon, well-known for his examination of the psychopath.

Volume one covers “History, Controversy, and Research, while volume 2 hits on “Theories of Psi.”

My chapter reviews the research in ESP and PK over the last 10 or so years at laboratories and from researchers in the United States. Other similar chapters cover Europe, Australia, and Asia.

While the two volume set is likely out of the price range of most (it’s over $120 even with Amazon’s typical discount), the quality of the material in the volumes is worth every penny. This set will hopefully create a stir in the mainstream, if only because some have put their place in academia on the line simply for contributing.

You can find an interview with Ed May about the set here:

https://carlossalvarado.wordpress.com/2015/06/29/author-interview-v-extrasensory-perception-support-skepticism-and-science-edited-by-drs-edwin-c-may-and-sonali-bhatt-marwaha/

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS & CLASSES: MAY AND JUNE 2015 – so far…

In order of “appearance” (when they’re happening):

FREE “Dialogues in Consciousness” at JFK University, May 28 at 7:15 PM in Pleasant Hill, CA.  Dr. Edwin C. May on “A Materialist’s View of Consciousness: Evolution of a Concept.” Moderated by Christian de Quincy.

If you ask 10 people to define consciousness, you might get 10 different descriptions. The extremes range from “mind is not equal to brain” to  “mind/consciousness is an emergent property of the brain.”

The discussion with Dr. May will consider diverse angles on the definition of consciousness.

Edwin C. May, PhD, is a Physicist and Consciousness Researcher, Executive Director of the Cognitive Sciences Laboratory, and Former Director of Research for the US Star Gate Program. His main area of research these days is Anomalous Cognition. Dr. May is co-author of ESP WARS: EAST & WEST with Victor Rubel, PhD, and Loyd Auerbach, MS (2014) and co-editor of ANOMALOUS COGNITION with Sonali Bhatt Marwaha (2014), which is a collection of peer-reviewed papeers. He and Marwaha are the editors of a forthcoming academic 2-volume set entitled EXTRASENSORY PERCEPTION: Support, Skepticism, and Science (June 2015, Praeger).

For more information on this free event:  www.jfku.edu/Events.html or email profparanormal@gmail.com

 

Preston Castle Paracon, May 29 & 30, 2015 in Ione, CA.
I’ll be appearing at the Paranormal Conference at Preston Castle on Saturday, May 30. The event is Preston Castle Foundation’s First Annual Benefit Paranormal Conference to benefit the restoration of the (very haunted) building.
For more information: www.prestoncastle.com

 

INTRODUCTION TO PARAPSYCHOLOGY Online Course starts June 1, 2015. Instructor: Loyd Auerbach.
In this 8 week online course featuring weekly webinars and an online forum, students will be introduced to the topics that are studied by professional parapsychologists. Topics will include an overview of the phenomena (Telepathy, Clairvoyance, Precognition, Psychokinesis, and Survival Issues), history, research methodologies and researchers that make up the vibrant field of scientific parapsychology.Weekly webinars may be watched live or via recordings.

For more info on how the online course works, a syllabus, schedule and registration, visit: rhineeducationcenter.org
DREAMS & ALTERED STATES OF CONSCIOUSNESS: Online class starts June 2, 2015
This 8 week online course featuring weekly webinars and an online forum will cover topics related to Altered States of Consciousness (ASC) and will especially focus on the nature of dreams.  Lucid Dreaming, Sleep Paralysis, Shared Dreaming, and Dream Symbols will be discuss.  In addition, other altered states will be explored including the hypnotic state, drug induced states, meditation, and other altered states. Weekly webinars may be watched live or via recordings.
Instructors are: Ryan Hurd & Loyd Auerbach
For more info on how the online course works, a syllabus, schedule and registration, visit: rhineeducationcenter.org

 

THEORIES & MODELS OF PSYCHIC PHENOMENA: Two part class from HCH Institute which can be attended in person (Lafayette, CA) or by phone. June 4 & 11, 2015, 6:30-9:30 PM Pacific.
This short course covers basic models of how psychic abilities seem to work, what apparitions and hauntings are, and a survey of theories that might (or might not) explain it all. We’ll consider research findings that connect to how psi might work. Theoretical perspectives on psi are reviewed and discussed, including electromagnetic, space-time, quantum entanglement, and others. No technical knowledge is needed. All students receive mp3 recordings of the classes (and a prior course offering) as well as text materials.

For more information & to register, contact paul@hypnotherapytraining.com or call HCH at 925-283-3941.

HAUNTINGS: IN DEPTH! One shot class on March 10, 2015

Please Join Us!

Tuesday March 10th, 6:30 – 9:30 PM Pacific Time, at HCH Institute, 3702 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette, CA or by phone!

Hauntings: In Depth

$50

The term “haunting” refers to places that have repeated paranormal/ghostly activity. Buildings or the land they are built on can be haunted, and the building can be old or even relatively new. It’s also possible for objects to be haunted (after all, what is a house but a big object?). Researchers have long determined that hauntings (often referred to as “residual hauntings” by many) have a different cause than apparition/ghost cases: place memory/psychic imprints vs. actual conscious entities . This one-evening session will look at the long history of haunted places and objects and why psychical researchers and parapsychologists have separated them into their own category different from apparitions.

Learn about the models of hauntings, from psychic imprinting to the British “stone tape theory” to geophysical possibilities. We’ll also delve into specific haunting cases, including a few from the casebooks of the instructor, Loyd Auerbach and several of his colleagues. We’ll consider how sometimes phenomena can be mixed (hauntings and apparitions together), and even how a haunting can cause a poltergeist situation. Finally, for those investigating haunting, apparition, and poltergeist cases, we’ll talk about resolving cases of hauntings and how and why haunting resolutions are so different from the others.

This will be offered on site at HCH Institute in Lafayette, CA, available on disc as MP3 files for home study and also offered live on a conference call format for our distant learning students (by phone!)

Cost: $50 for on site class and distant learning.

TO REGISTER: Call or email Loyd Auerbach at 925-518-4071 or profparanormal@gmail.com OR Send payment via PayPal to profparanormal@gmail.com I can take credit card payment over the phone as well.

Please indicate your interest as soon as possible.

GHOST HUNTING class starts February 26, 2015

My HCH Institute investigations class starts on Thursday, February 26, 2015 and runs for four Thursday evenings. The class runs from 6:30-9:30 PM Pacific Time and can be attended in person in Lafayette, CA at HCH Instituteor by phone!

Ghost Hunting: Investigating the Paranormal

Instructor: Loyd Auerbach, MS

Thursdays, 6:30 – 9:30 PM Pacific: February 26, March 5, March 12 and March 19, 2015.

All students receive mp3 recordings of the classes, plus: 1) mp3 recordings of the last year’s session of the course; 2) additional mp3 audio; 3) additional video files, including a one hour lecture; 4) text files, with both required reading and 5) a much larger folder of supplemental/additional reading  (pdf and Word).

Most people are interested in the paranormal phenomena we classify as ”ghostly”: Apparitions, Hauntings and Poltergeists.  Many are interested in understanding their own experiences and the experiences of others.  Many are intensely interested in gaining the skills and knowledge necessary to be an effective investigator of such things:  a Ghost Hunter.

This class is a guide to field investigations–ghost hunting–based on the 130+ years of field investigation and research in psychical research and parapsychology. Attendees will gain the basic skills and understanding for investigation of ghosts, poltergeists, haunted places and related psychic experiences.  The class will include the models of what these things are (from the field of parapsychology), how the scientific and psychic approaches can mesh together, and how to assess a situation, investigate it, and resolve the case to the satisfaction of the people having the experiences (and hopefully to the satisfaction of the ghosts, when they’re involved).

You will learn about: Apparitions, hauntings and poltergeists: differences and similarities;

What else can make a “ghost”;The investigative process, from initial call to resolution;

Technology & Psychics in ghost hunting;

How the techniques of the professionals differ from those of the amateurs;

Psychic potential for investigators;

The ethics of paranormal investigating;

How his investigations have affected Auerbach’s own personal outlook on life;

The deep (and necessary) connections between apparitions, hauntings and poltergeists and other psychic experiences and abilities, and why a ghost hunter or paranormal investigator absolutely needs an understanding of the findings of Parapsychology in order to both conduct a thorough investigation and come to at least a range of reasonable conclusions – and to understand the “why” of the phenomena.

Naturally, the class will include some of Auerbach’s more exciting cases.

Classes are held at HCH Institute, 3702 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette, CA 94549

To register: 1) Call HCH Institute at 925-283-3941 OR 2) email Paul Meredith, paul@hypnotherapytraining.com

For more information on all the Certificate Program courses available through HCH, visit www.hypnotherapytraining.com/parapsych.cfm