par·a·nor·mal (pr-nôrml) adj.
Beyond the range of normal experience or scientific explanation.
Many people assume that the term ‘paranormal’ refers to one type of thing or phenomena. The phrase ‘I believe in the paranormal’ or the notion that something can be “proven to be paranormal” do not make sense.
If we can explain phenomena that has been labelled as paranormal, then it means that phenomena was normal in origin. Not paranormal. Though, if we cannot explain phenomena it’s important to understand that this doesn’t automatically mean this is unexplainable. Just unexplained.
Often, seemingly Paranormal Phenomena actually has a normal cause, just one outside the range of knowledge of the witness (which is where peer review, and bugging your colleagues comes in very handy).
The most popular and common types of paranormal phenomena reported in Britain today are ghost phenomena and sightings of UFOs that many presume are alien spacecraft. Many people are influenced by uncritical reporting of ghosts and UFOs in the media, and BARsoc hope to be able to offer a more robust examination of such cases.
At BARsoc we recognise the need to seriously consider paranormal phenomena before dismissing it outright, and we do not dismiss paranormal topics a priori.
BARsoc researchers use scientific scepticism in our research and attempt to remain as unbiased as possible when dealing with cases of phenomena. Scepticism is not debunking, and debunking is not what BARsoc researchers aim to do. We judge each case by its merits, and assess the evidence available to see if it stands up to scrutiny before coming to a conclusion.
the practice of questioning whether claims are supported by empirical research and have reproducibility, as part of a methodological norm pursuing “the extension of certified knowledge”.
It isn’t always logical or ethical to conduct on-site investigations but BARsoc will assist where possible. The Ghost Challenge sees BARsoc researchers visit locations that promote themselves as haunted to see if activity can be witnessed by those not employing pseudo-scientific or spiritual methods. This is different than investigating things reported by eye-witnesses.