Recently, at the Forest Moon Paracon in Concrete, Washington, I was the keynote speaker for the event, where I wrote and delivered my speech called “I Hate The Paranormal”.  Now my speech have a number of examples as to why I hated this field, which I talk about every night on Spaced Out Radio.  In truth, as my speech stated at the end, I really don’t hate the paranormal.  I am a huge fan of it.  However sometimes I have to admit I find it very confusing and controversial.   But as time continued from addressing the FMP crowd at the paracon, I have wondered since then if I am being too critical, or over simplifying a field that is extremely complex?  If you read my last blog, you’d see that I have some genuine concerns about the paranormal that don’t quite fit into the “Dave’s Rules” of things.  Now I’m not saying my ideas are the be all and end all to correcting the plethora of problems we have in the paranormal, but I do believe there are some serious issues in the paranormal that do need to be addressed, to give our field a hell of a lot more credibility than we have.
Look, I’m not going to go into the full details of my speech.  You can find that online.  But this is what I do see.  We have a lot of people, myself included, that would love to see the mainstream audience take us more seriously than what they do.  Look it’s not secret that people have a keen interest in what we are doing and talking about.  One only has to look at the popularity and ratings in the last decade of paranormal television, whether it’s about ghosts, UFOs, conspiracy or cryptids like sasquatch.  Every day people love these topics, whether it’s because they’ve seen something weird themselves or they are just intrigued.  But still, there is a huge membership in the population that continues to cause ridicule throughout this field.  Whether it is the government, media, or the general public who wouldn’t believe an alien sighting if it landed in their back yard during a summer barbecue.  Yet, we as paranormal people want this acceptance so bad that we can taste it.  And for some, they will do anything to get it.  Silly titles, silly research, calling themselves scientists when you know they haven’t done anything truly scientific since Grade 8.  We do it, because we want to be the one who provides proof.
So what is proof?  That’s a huge definition when it comes into our field.  I can fully admit, I love the stories I hear.  I try my best to have a skeptical attitude with the stories I hear because I think skepticism is healthy, especially in this field where there are so many people putting out lies and disinformation.  However, I’m having a really hard time trying to find a balance as to what’s truth and what’s not?  In this field, we seem to demand a lot of proof and the people demanding the proof do not want to believe anything.  Take for instance, a guest I had earlier last week named Donna Hare.  Donna is a former NASA contractor who watched photographs with UFOs on them being ‘smudged’; edited, so the UFO anomalies wouldn’t show on the public photos.  For most of these topics like Donna’s, we don’t have ‘proof’.  We have her word.  And especially on the radio, it’s kind of hard to show photographs.  I guess the point that I am making is if we have someone from the inside speaking out, what are we to believe besides their word?  Cue Bob Lazar here.
At times it’s hard to figure out what any of us are supposed to believe.  If we can’t or aren’t supposed to believe the words of an ‘insider’ or someone who prides themselves on credibility, like John Tenney, then who are we supposed to believe.  Why has this field of research turned into such a bastion of disbelief and anger?  I agree that those who deserve it deserve to be called out.  But at what point do we believe?  We want to believe.  But how do we?  It doesn’t matter what the topic is that we do, there are those out there that are so insensitive towards the topic or the guest that they are more interested in snarking than they are about potentially learning something.  The way I look at it is this.  I try and take bits and pieces of what everyone says and lay down the truth or what I deem to be the truth in the hidden lines in between.  In journalism, we learned to read between the lines to find the real story to the information that we were given by a source.  So why can’t we do that with the paranormal?  Makes me wonder.
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