The field of paranormal research is a broad one, and educational articles about paranormal phenomena can help you understand ghosts and hauntings better. Many research organizations, such as the Society for Psychical Research, provide thoroughly studied and educational articles about parapsychology, psi, and paranormal phenomena.
Why Read Educational Articles About the Paranormal?
The term "paranormal" is a general term that covers everything from parapsychology, the study of psychic abilities, to spectrology, the study of ghosts. When a paranormal researcher decides to enter the field of paranormal research, the first step is to choose which area (or areas) of the paranormal in which you wish to specialize. Some examples of the major specialties in paranormal education include:
- Angelology, the study of angels
- Astrology, the study of how stars influence people
- Cryptozoology, the study of unknown species of animals
- Demonology, the study of demons
- Parapsychology, the study of unexplained psychic phenomena
- Spectrology, the study of ghosts
- Thaumatology, the study of miracles
- Ufology, the study of unidentified flying objects
Each of these major areas of research requires an understanding of a number of subcategories. For example, a professional ufologist should understand basic aerodynamics, cosmology, magnetics, mechanics, barology and thermodynamics. A parapsychologist should have a base of knowledge that includes hypnology, phenomenology, psychopathology, theology and the basics of neurology.
The Wild West of the Paranormal
Unfortunately, paranormal research remains an uncredentialed field of study. However, you can develop a strong technical foundation on your own and then move forward to become a leader in the field of paranormal research. Once you establish yourself, you could be the one that produces actual, tangible results within this field.
Educational Paranormal Articles and Study Material
The following educational articles on the paranormal and additional resources will help you develop critical thinking skills and offer a theoretical background in paranormal phenomena.
Society for Psychical Research (SPR)
Society for Psychical Research has been investigating parapsychological phenomena since the late 1800s. The UK based organization relies on controlled research protocols from the social sciences to provide ongoing studies into the paranormal and psi phenomena. They publish their findings on their website and in their journals, reports, and magazines.
Association for Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena (ASSAP)
Association for Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena (ASSAP) is also based in the UK. It was founded in 1981 and takes a technical and reasoned approach to the study of anomalous phenomena including paranormal activity. You can find many of the articles and experiments on their website.
American Society for Psychical Research (ASPR)
The ASPR is similar to its British counterpart, operating in the United States for more than a century. They publish the findings of their research in their journal.
The Skeptic's Dictionary is one of the most comprehensive resources for investigators who would like to learn how to make sure to use common sense when analyzing any paranormal claim.
The Fortean Times main page can sometimes look like a supermarket tabloid, but most of the paranormal articles provide some of the best educational examples of critical thinking.
The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry is sometimes overly critical or skeptical, but they provide some of the best unbiased analysis of paranormal phenomenon that you'll find anywhere.
Learn as Much as You Can About Paranormal Phenomena
The resources above will provide an excellent starting point for paranormal enthusiasts to form a strong knowledge base through reading educational articles on ghosts or hauntings. As you study, assume nothing but to keep an open mind to everything. Keeping this in mind throughout your studies will ensure your ultimate success.