The Empirical and the Paranormal(for lack of a better title)

I live in a house that was built in the 19th century. There are stories about this place. I have seen things move by themselves. I have heard noises and voices. And I'm not crazy either. That's the important point. I'm very rational, have an empirically measurable perspective of life. If you can't touch it it's not real.
I don't use drugs. I rarely drink, and then not to excess. I have never had a hallucination or any type of mental illness. I've never had a paranormal encounter until I moved into this house. You have to understand this. It's the freaking house. It's not me. These things don't happen anywhere else. Nor have they ever happened to me at any other point in my life.
I work in the mental health profession. I have a bachelor's degree in psychology and my master's is in social work. But I have absolutely no explanation for what is happening in this house. And I am an atheist. I don't believe in any kind of spiritual existence whatsoever. There is only the empirically measurable. Nothing else exists that is not empirically measurable.
Can anybody point me to a book or any kind of research that would explain what is happening in this house? It has to be something geothermal, or electromagnetic--there has to be a rational, scientific explanation for what I'm experiencing here. I don't believe in "ghosts" or "spirits" or any other type of invisible mythological crap. I just want to know what's causing all this very strange phenomena that's happening in my house.

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Comment by Rosa on August 15, 2008 at 6:57pm
Maybe You're the victim of a practical joker lol

btw, how are you so sure the voices you hear aren't hallucinations? Only once in my life I had an auditive hallucination and made some research on that subject (once 15 years ago I thought a neighbor was listening to exactly the music I wanted to hear, after the third track I got out of bed to see who was the neighbor with my musical taste and found out I was able to control the music I heard in my head lol...I seem to have lost that ability). Apparently, they're more common than one might think it is. About things moving by themselves, couldn't you just let the camera roll and hopefully have some evidence of that?

Other than that I believe the James Randy Educational Foundation has offered a 1 million dollar reward for anybody who provides objective proof of the paranormal...I say, seize the opportunity Frisky Freddie ;)
Comment by Fabio on August 15, 2008 at 6:23pm
I just flew back home from the UK after two exhausting weeks, so I'm not sure I'm able to make any sense whatsoever. However, I'll give it a shot. My take on the subject is that anything that happens within the boundaries of the one and only reality we know and can actually experience, the one limited by the natural laws of physics, is physical, natural and real by definition. The only thing that is subjective is the value we attach to such things. Paranormal phenomena? If they happen - and something does happen, because the reports are far too many for it to be the result of mass psychosis and simple delusions - then they are physical phenomena that can, as a consequence, be analysed. Spirits that fail to sever links with this world and to depart to the one beyond? Hardly. As far as hard, empirical evidence goes, there's no "world beyond," hence I see no reason to take that interpretation seriously. Residual energy? Well, that's different. Might be far-fetched and partly contrast what we know of the reality we live in, but, come to think of it, we're made of matter and energy - be it chemical or electric. What remains to be investigated is whether the two can somehow be separated and if the latter can maintain, even after death, something even vaguely comparable to some form of awareness. Maybe not, maybe it is actually geothermal power or electromagnetic fields influencing us to the point of making us experience strange things, helped to no small degree by our self-suggestion and expectations, but I still think both options deserve equal attention. Giving parapsychology and paranormal investigations a chance, I think, does not mean being any less of an atheist, or any less of a "bright," than the rest of the world's unbelievers. Actually, the desire to investigate nature is exactly what makes us rational animals.



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