Saturday, February 12, 2011

The Tail of the Headless Monk

Plenty will have seen the newspaper reports of Headless Monk forces Ride to be Moved.

So is this finally proof of the afterlife?

Does this finally mean we can all rest knowing that there is some sort of existence after death - albeit minus your head?

According to the article which has played in many newspapers,

Paranormal expert Jim Arnold, who carried out tests at the site, said that "results were picked up immediately, with orbs, ghostly images in photography and Ouija reaction results being strongest around the site where they were proposing to build Storm Surge".

Immediately I begin to doubt - not that there might be some paranormal activity there but rather that the investigating team would be better off enjoying the ride.

Firstly, orbs are in almost every case easily discountable in terms of paranormal evidence. Most experienced investigators will be able to explain them away as dust or moisture particles, insects, reflected light and so on. In my experience of paranormal manifestations I have never seen an orb that I cannot explain. Orbs are natural phenomenon - and not para-normal phenomenon. Read more...

Then, they choose to utilize 'Ouija' in their testing. You can read more about Ouija boards but essentially they are at best an open invitation to the subconscious to let loose on all your secret and dark thoughts and emotions and at worst they are an uncontrolled door to entities whose motives and origins you could not possibly imagine.

So on the basis of this 'investigation' the only thing I can conclude is that the investigating group were no more than a bunch of amateurs who couldn't prove that Sid James was British. (He was born in South Africa actually...)

So the Tail (Tale) of the Headless Monk is really just a big publicity stunt; there MAY be a 'real' headless monk - they may be 'real' paranormal activity there - we'll probably never really know. Because unless (suspected) activity is investigated properly, you only get the old adage ...... Garbage In, Garbage Out.

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