Introducing: Carl Johnson, which US readers might know from the TAPS team, a bunch of people conducting research on the paranormal. In this context, Carl has appeared on many episodes of Ghost Hunters as an Investigator and expert in the field of demonology. Most of the time he has been cast along side his brother Keith, who’s a demonologist too. Carl is also an investigator for NEAR (New England Anomolies Research [sic]), which was founded by Keith. But, to offer you more than the mere spotting of modern demonologist, I would like to quote this short blog post which i found on the same website. I don’t know it’s written by Carl himself, but I think you’ll find it interesting too, because it’s about the problems involving the analysis of what ghosts are made of:
Using Spectroscopy To Analyze Apparitions — Many photographs and videos have been collected of ghostly apparitions in various settings. There have been analog, digital, and thermal recordings of entities moving from one corner of a room to another. But the lack of hard-core scientific data has kept the credible scientists at bay, choosing to study more practical topics and theories – the fields they won’t get laughed at for studying. The problem lies in the fact that there has been no conceivable method to study a ghost. EVP recordings and EMF detector fluctuations are great entertainment, but they simply do not record measurable statistics that cannot be explained away. In fact, there is no tool currently in use that could give one the evidence that we all are looking for – the physical proof that an apparition is more than just a misinterpreted shadow, or an overactive imagination.
One solution to this problem would be to catch and analyze an apparition on a spectrometer. Spectrometers are used to determine the chemical compound of a substance using refractive light waves, decoded into a light spectrum, which can then be decoded to determine what compounds make up that substance.In short, if you can see it, then it can be measured. Like cigarette smoke for instance – if you run it through a spectral analysis, you will find the signatures of Hydrogen Cyanide, Nitrosamines, Crysenes, Cadmium, etc. The same method is used to determine what chemicals our stars are made of.
Of course this all comes down to the main response that I get with every theory I publish – it costs too much. That is very true, it does cost a lot because of the equipment, the software, the scientific analyst, and finally, time. I don’t expect the average “ghost hunter” to be able to practice these theories in the field – but for paranormal study to ever be taken seriously, someone has to break the ice. (source)
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