A Christmas Carol Debunked: The Musings of a Paranormal Investigator, Dickens Fan & Christmas Devotee by John D. Mimms

Here is a little short story I wrote several years ago when I was doing paranormal research. This is probably the first fiction story I wrote. I hope you enjoy!

Having a keen interest in paranormal phenomenon coupled with being a history buff, I have taken an interest in exploring old cases of paranormal claims. The dawn of the spiritualist movement was in the latter part of the 1800’s. Upon doing research recently of 19th century paranormal claims, I came across an interesting case that was investigated by Oxford University Professor Albus Smithson and his research assistant Thomas Dolby.
On December 28, 1887, Smithson was contacted by a London businessman named Ebenezer Scrooge. Mr. Scrooge had been struggling for several days with an experience he had the night of December 24. In the case report, Mr. Scrooge claimed to have been visited by four apparitions at different intervals throughout the night. The report went on to name one of the apparitions as his business partner, Jacob Marley, who had passed away 7 years earlier. The other three apparitions were described by Mr. Scrooge as “spirit guides” that revealed different manifestations of his life experiences relating to Christmas. The report went on to say that each of these manifestations portrayed a different time frame for Mr. Scrooge’s life-past, present and future.
Professor Smithson and his associate did an extensive background check and conducted interviews with family and neighbors. One recurring theme seemed to come from all of these interviews. For whatever reason, Mr. Scrooge’s personality had completely changed after this experience. One particularly disturbing revelation was obtained in an interview with Mr. Scrooge’s nephew, who wished to only be mentioned as Fred. He revealed that Mr. Scrooge’s mother had died when he was very young and his father all but abandoned him by sending him away to boarding schools and refusing to allow him to return home for visits. He surmised this was the beginning of Mr. Scrooge’s downturn that made him into the cruel, miserly person that everyone had come to know over the years.
Upon hearing this potential catalyst towards Mr. Scrooge’s mental instability, Professor Smithson consulted with Europe’s most renowned neurologist, Jean Martin Charcot. Messiuer Carcot was a French physician that had previously hosted a fellowship in Paris for the visiting Sigmund Freud. This fellowship had greatly influenced him to turn toward the practice of medical psychopathology.
Carcot summarized that indeed these traumatic experiences followed by years of repression and anger could have been the catalyst for Mr. Scrooge’s experience. However, he went on to say that to make such an abrupt and complete turnaround in his state of mind would have required a profound physiological change. His first hypothesis was a stroke but Mr. Scrooge showed no outward symptoms of suffering from a stroke. His second hypothesis was a physiological change induced by some chemical influence such as opium, heroin or alcohol. The investigators found no evidence of any of these substances in their initial inspection of Mr. Scrooge’s home or from interviews with family and neighbors.
Basically, all Professor Smithson was left with is Ebenezer Scrooge was a suffering “codependent” who was miraculously cured in one night when four apparitions visited him and showed him that he was “a discontent, a negaholic, addicted to money, and suffered from interpersonal relationship difficulties” (all of which were supposedly caused by the childhood trauma of Scrooge losing his mother at a tender age, his father then turning emotionally against him, rejecting him, and then shuttling him off to boarding schools, thereby effectively abandoning him rather than unconditionally accepting him). And on top of all that, this rapid change was caused from a physiological trauma or substance abuse. Since they had no evidence of any of these they had to close the case as inconclusive. It was filed away in an office at Oxford and has been sealed and forgotten until now.
My first thought after reading the case study was “what are they missing?” Technology and medical knowledge being what they in the 19th century, there was surely something they must have easily overlooked. EMF influence was out of the question since electrical energy was not in use at that time. There could have been some naturally occurring high EMF levels but it was just as impossible to identify that then as it is now looking back 134 years into the past.
I looked at the case report a second time with a little more detail and two things stuck out at me. The first was the description of Mr. Scrooge’s living quarters ,and the second was his culinary selections for the evening of December 24. The investigators initial description of Mr. Scrooge’s home was it was dark and drab with wet patches on the ceiling and the walls caused by a leaky roof, which Mr. Scrooge had been too cheap to fix. They also reported that near these wet areas there were patches of a dark green mold. It is a well-known and documented scientific fact nowadays that exposure to certain types of molds can have extreme mental and physiological health effects on people. These symptoms include but are not limited to vivid hallucinations.
The other potential explanation lies in Mr. Scrooge’s diet that evening. He reported dining on “underdone” potato, gruel and rye bread. Potatoes have been known to, when exposed to light; interpret it as a sign that they’re no longer completely buried in the soil. So they produce chlorophyll pigments to help them make use of the light’s energy, and they produce bitter toxins to discourage animals from eating them. The toxins, alkaloids called solanine and chaconine, are about as powerful as their better-known cousin strychnine. They apparently interfere with the structure of all our cell membranes and also with the processing of a nerve transmitter (they inhibit acetyl cholinesterase), which can cause hallucinations and possibly convulsions. This is particularly common in potatoes that have been undercooked or not properly peeled.
The third and final damning bit of evidence can potentially be found in the bread. It is now well-known that moldy rye bread, prior to our 20th century preparation procedures can produce a poison known as ergot. Historian Mary Kilbourne Matossian wrote about this in her book Poisons of the Past: Molds, Epidemics, and History (Yale University Press, 1989). The historian at the University of Maryland at College Park argues that moldy rye flour used to make bread in Salem in 1692 produced a poison called ergot, which contains mind-altering compounds similar to the hallucinogenic drug LSD and this was the probable catalyst for the Salem witch trials.
We have explored three possible explanatory reasons for Mr. Scrooge’s experience. The mold in the home is a piece of evidence we are certain of because it was well-documented by the initial investigators. The other two are probable yet speculative. Being an objective paranormal investigator, I must implore Occam’s Razor to every investigation. We have no evidence, other than Mr. Scrooge’s testimony, of paranormal phenomenon. We do however, have overwhelming psychological and probable chemical evidence to conclude that a mind-altering compound in one of the three mentioned forms likely influenced Mr. Scrooge, bringing about an intense hallucination that manifested from years of repressed grief, regret, remorse and misery.
Have we completely debunked the experience of Mr. Scrooge? Not quite. There is an intangible here that is beyond the realm of science. I must conclude there was indeed a spirit present at Mr. Scrooge’s home on the night of December 24th. I personally have witnessed this apparition on many occasions in my life along with millions of other people. It is sometimes elusive and tends to be on a residual existence, but I suspect there is intelligence behind it as well. It has many names and many forms and if you are observant, you might catch a glimpse of it within the next couple of weeks. Its strongest manifestation seems to be around children. I have seen evidence of its existence in the face of my children, in music, in charity, in family, in giving and its presence is strongest when there is peace and goodwill. Mr. Scrooge may have had a physiologically prosaic experience, but this experience, through its intensity, manifested a spirit that is in each and every one of us. Some of us choose to suppress it or ignore it for our own selfish motivations but it is present all the same. All it takes is a catalyst, hopefully not as extreme as Mr. Scrooge’s, to manifest. The apparition I speak of is the spirit of Christmas. May all of you document solid evidence of this apparition this year and have a Merry Christmas!

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Writing fiction can be a tricky thing at times. Trying to find the right balance of reality and make believe, not to mention finding an emotional connection with the reader so that they genuinely care about the characters is sometimes as precarious as toting TNT down a pot hole filled road. A story should be organic and flowing with very little if any plot outlines because the intelligent constant reader can always smell when they are reading fiction that is trying to beat them about the head with the author’s personal beliefs, ideals and self-imposed theme.

Themes are common throughout literature and are not a bad thing by any means, in fact they are tremendous when they work but are boring and repetitive when they do not. The worst mistake an author can make is to set out to write a book based solely on a particular theme. The story, the story, the story, the story, the story is the most important thing. I could write that for two more pages and still not emphasize it enough.

The story should be thought of as a living breathing thing that takes on a life of its own, an unpredictable wild animal, if you will. Forcing this unbridled creature into a theme is like cramming a grizzly bear into a tiny cage. It is unnatural, it is appalling and as a writer you should be ashamed of it. The best themes, just like the best stories are the ones that take root with an idea then grow and expand as the story unfolds. Most of the time these themes are not noticed by the writer until they are well into their story or are in the editing phase. These naturally occurring gems should be nurtured and embraced because they do not come around that often and they can spark a real emotional connection with the reader.

In all the manuscripts I have completed over the years I always had a starting place and an ending place in my head before I typed a single word. I think most of them are pretty good stories and there may be some involuntary theme in a few of them but I never really paid attention … at least not until now.

As I am nearing completion of book 3 from The Tesla Gate Trilogy I was suddenly struck with the realization of a theme common throughout the book, one that I was not consciously aware of as I wrote but is now as plain as the nose on my face. When I considered the origins of this theme it occurred to me that it is not only true on a macro level of man’s inhumanity to man but also on a micro level although maybe not as bloody and terrifying.

There are few if any people in history that woke up one day and said “I’m going to start being evil today”. At man’s heart we genuinely want to do the right thing and our actions are guided by what we believe to be the right thing. Right and wrong are generally in the eye of the beholder and what affects our interpretation of these two choices is ignorance and arrogance. Ignorance is typically fostered through generations of racism, generations of hard core religious teachings or generations of upper class snobbery … just to name a few.

There are also some people who embrace their ignorance because of an inferiority complex and feel it is right to abuse the ones they have called friend, colleague, co-worker or partner if it suits their needs. Even though I tended to focus more on the ‘heavy hitters’ in book 3, these are the ones I see most frequently in day to day life and quite frankly they can be every bit as disgusting. While they may not be ripping out hearts because it is what their god wants them to do, they mangle the emotions and the souls of those that cross their paths for their own selfish benefit.

Yes, the offenses to humanity are radically different and I would not presume to put a simple run of the mill narcissist on the same level as a Hitler, I am not ignorant to the differences there. But the thing is, their seed of behavior always comes from the same place … the ignorance of their own ideals. Perhaps it is upbringing, perhaps it is culture or perhaps it is religion. But I think most commonly it comes from a lack of self-worth, a deep feeling of inferiority which fuels a deep ceded jealousy of anyone they perceive to be a threat to their own self-importance. They have no problem using others under the guise of friendship to get what they want, but then will discard that person when their objective is complete. Many people would describe this as an evil act but more directly I think it is a clear demonstration of ignorance, ignorance of the definition of friendship and loyalty. In their minds it is a means to an end, a perfectly acceptable act to satisfy their own desires and thus the satisfaction breeds arrogance which makes the ignorance that much more difficult to overcome.

These people generally become lost in their arrogance and have little hope of change outside of some life changing event, but even that does not always work. The truly ignorant and arrogant will use that event to further their own agenda, because sympathy is a powerful tool in the hands of the ignorant arrogant narcissist.

Personal relationships are next to impossible for these people and they end up living a hollow, empty life with friends that have the same goals of using others. Karma hits these people hard in that way but the crazy thing is they don’t realize it because the ignorant arrogance won’t allow them to.

I focused my attention in book 3 on the truly despicable people in the world, the murderers, rapists, molesters and genocidal maniacs. They are indeed very different from the everyday narcissist but I believe the origins to be very similar. It is evil to treat your fellow man as a means to an end just as it is evil to murder people in the name of religion or anti-Semitism, but they are two very, very different offenses. I do not believe man to be inherently evil, I believe man commits evil acts due to their own ignorance and continues their behavior due to the arrogance that quickly arises from their actions.

Man was given a rule, a very simple rule to live by thousands of years ago. Regardless of your religious beliefs it is the best tool for common sense I have ever seen, and is an instant cure to the ignorance that plagues so many on our planet today.

“Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.”

There is always time for redemption, you just have to want it, overcome your ignorance and act on it. But nobody can help them unless they want to help themselves. I could write a book on the examples of how man’s ignorance affects their fellow human beings but I think I will stick to writing fiction. Sometimes answers can be found there too.

I guess another theme of book 3 is probably redemption, but we won’t go into that here. The trilogy will be starting on July 10 and it will be quite a ride!

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John Mimms


When I got into paranormal research, the most important thing to me was to follow scientific method. The most important thing I learned, even after 5 years of research, is there is still a lot I do not know. During my tenure in the field the most disturbing thing I encountered was there were an alarming number of people that thought they did know everything and proclaimed themselves as paranormal ‘experts’. Well, like many people believe about ghosts … there is no such thing as an expert in the paranormal.

The group I was in was affiliated with the TAPS family, which I believed to be a good fit or at least the best fit that could be found. The TAPS standards of professionalism, training and resource sharing amongst its members make it an excellent source for research. Over my tenure of investigating the paranormal, I took notice of some of the other groups that fall under the TAPS family umbrella.

While we all share a common goal, I noticed distinct differences with investigative techniques and tools. Some of the groups use psychics and demonologists while others take a strictly scientific approach. Some groups only have a handful of equipment while others have an abundance of good scientific equipment. Some have limited training while others believe thorough training to be the core of their success. In pointing out these differences I am not making the inference that one is right and one is wrong, just different. Differences….“Therein lies the rub” to quote Shakespeare.

One thing that all the TAPS family members have in common is the desire to be recognized and taken seriously by the scientific community. One common factor the scientific community has that gives universal credibility to its research is method and standards. These are used worldwide by scientist to give a universal or more specifically global standard for research, observation, experimentation and hypothesis. To give the classic definition of scientific method in a nutshell:

“Scientific method refers to a body of techniques for investigating phenomena, acquiring new knowledge, or correcting and integrating previous knowledge. To be termed scientific, a method of inquiry must be based on gathering observable, empirical and measurable evidence subject to specific principles of reasoning. A scientific method consists of the collection of data through observation and experimentation, and the formulation and testing of hypotheses.

Although procedures vary from one field of inquiry to another, identifiable features distinguish scientific inquiry from other methodologies of knowledge. Scientific researchers propose hypotheses as explanations of phenomena, and design experimental studies to test these hypotheses. These steps must be repeatable in order to dependably predict any future results. Theories that encompass wider domains of inquiry may bind many hypotheses together in a coherent structure. This in turn may help form new hypotheses or place groups of hypotheses into context.

Among other facets shared by the various fields of inquiry is the conviction that the process be objective to reduce a biased interpretation of the results. Another basic expectation is to document, archive and share all data and methodology so they are available for careful scrutiny by other scientists, thereby allowing other researchers the opportunity to verify results by attempting to reproduce them. This practice, called full disclosure, also allows statistical measures of the reliability of these data to be established.”

I will not bore you with the technical aspects of this but suffice it to say that scientific methodology covers everything from weights and measures to detailed processes for experiments and hypotheses. In short, a scientist in China can reproduce an experiment, based on the standards, which a scientist in Germany did and expect to have reproducibility because the same standards were followed by both. I believe that the scientific paranormal community needs a set of global standards that are followed in our research. This would not be an easy task because the paranormal field touches several scientific disciplines from biology to quantum physics. But, if this could be accomplished, the ramifications could be huge for paranormal research.

Another major hurdle in making this work is, as I mentioned earlier, is the vast differences that exist right now among different paranormal groups. This standardization could also be huge in weeding out a lot of the chafe in the field. What if a global standard, based on scientific methodology, were put forth then to set a “certification” that paranormal investigative groups and individuals had to meet to be members or certified? If a group did not receive this certification, then their research could not be validated or recognized by other paranormal groups that were certified. This would work much the same as USDA approved or ADA approved that we see on products and research every day.

The first place to start would be the standardization of the equipment used to gather data. The equipment used would have to be capable of scientific calibration and not just off the shelf stuff from the local Best Buy. Second, you would need a standard calibration for all equipment used. Everything from EMF meters to FLIR thermal cameras would have to have defined calibration tolerances that every certified group would have to follow. Third, there would need to be training certifications for everyone using the equipment. Even if the equipment is scientific grade and calibrated properly, when the user does not know how to operate the equipment or interpret the data from the equipment, the data collected is worthless. It would also not be reproducible by another researcher that is using the equipment correctly. Once the equipment standardization is defined, next we would need universal means for experiments and investigation. This covers a wide area to be ironed out. One place to start in this area is to have set guidelines for researchers at an investigation. An example would be to have a set number of investigators per square foot at a location. If you get too many people together in one location, every time someone coughs, sneezes, moves, breathes, yawns, belches or farts you run the risk of having data contaminated.(yes, I said that in a serious article, but there is an element of truth to it and hey, you have to have a sense of humor) The most important thing to all of this is a standard documentation method. Documenting is the key to our research and without it, any data collected however valid, would be worthless for reproducibility.

The certification could be called something like: “Scientific Paranormal Inclusive Research Investigation Training and Standards”. It could even be given a clever acronym like “spirits”. The name is not important. The important thing is this would give the scientific community reason to step back and give paranormal research consideration as legitimate. If they see we are serious about following a strict methodology and standard, that we govern and police our research, only then will we start to get the acceptance we are looking for. There will always be fringe groups that will still do their own thing with Ouija boards, mediums and collecting orb photos but they would not have the certification. Their evidence would be dismissed, rightfully so, as illegitimate.

This global standard could give certified paranormal research groups the normality or “paranormality” that could get our research someday into mainstream science. I realize it is a huge undertaking and can no means be done in a matter of days or months or perhaps even years. But if a couple of plumbers from Warwick, RI can start a global paranormal research group that is respected far and wide, it is definitely possible.

The most important thing to remember is that there are NO experts in the paranormal field. How can we be  experts on a subject that is unknown and un-quantifiable? We are all researchers and investigators looking for scientific explanations … nothing more.

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I just got my first review and it was from the top publishing magazine in the world, Publishers Weekly. It is next to impossible for a new author to get reviewed by them, let alone get a positive review because they have a history of being tough critics. This review was indeed positive and the main criticism was due to some asides that the reviewer felt didn’t add to the story and the storm not being explained. When they received the advanced readers copy, it had not been announced yet that the Tesla Gate would be a series of books. The asides were set up for events that are to come later and boy do these events hit hard in the next couple of books! Again, I am thrilled with this review and consider it another HUGE step to becoming a best selling author. Thank you to my agent, Italia Gandolfo, for all her support!


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March 1, 2014 · 1:04 pm


I received some incredible news last week from my agent, Italia Gandolfo. THE TESLA GATE is being reviewed by Publishers Weekly next month. Publishers Weekly is known as “the bible of the book business” and they have been around since 1872. It is VERY difficult to get reviewed by them,especially for a new author like me but THE TESLA GATE really caught their attention. I guess another way to look at it is that they are to books as Rolling Stone magazine is to the music industry. Everybody brace for the storm because it will be here July 10!!

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February 25, 2014 · 10:10 am

THE TESLA GATE story develpment

It has been said many times by many writers that the story tells itself. Well, I used to consider that statement a cliche or a platitude given to explain away the writing process because the writer had no idea how to articulate it. The one thing I have learned since I have become fully immersed in my own writing process is that it is no cliche, it really does happen.

   One thing that is true is no one really knows where the story ideas come from. Usually it is not any one thing but a combination of several that come together in a writer’s head like a magical tapestry, mentally woven (mostly subconsciously) into a unique landscape which becomes the rudimentary creation that slowly makes its way onto the page. Like any newborn creature, it develops its own personality and ultimately its own direction, constantly surprising the writer with its own hidden traits that ultimately dictate the course of the story. Does that still sound like a cliche? Perhaps it does but I would challenge anyone (writer or not) that has a story idea to sit down and begin to write it out. I think you will be surprised when it starts taking you in directions that you never even considered before.

   I originally wrote THE TESLA GATE as a standalone novel but much has changed since I typed out the first words of the book titled THE IMPALPABLE (which eventually became THE TESLA GATE) in January of 2011. The first thing that changed, of course, was the name. That decision was made by the wisdom of my agent, which turned out to be a very good decision. The biggest change was that as I was writing the final page of THE TESLA GATE, I saw a much larger story there, one that I had not conceived of before. It soon became evident that a trilogy of books would be required to tell the whole story. I finished book 2 in September 2013 and am currently halfway finished with book 3.

   When I arrived at what I believed to be the halfway point of book 3 the other day, the story gave me another unexpected epiphany … it might take 4 books to completely tell this tale. I haven’t decided yet because the story is still telling itself and I’ll just have to hang on for the ride and see where it goes. The one thing that I am certain of is that this is going to be a wild and exciting ride and it starts July 10, 2014!




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Common Ground: Reconciling Faith, Science and the Paranormal

Common Ground-

Reconciling Faith, Science and the Paranormal


John D. Mimms


The purpose of this article is not to preach or suggest this is only one correct point of view. Every person has different values and beliefs that dictate how they perceive the world. I can only speak from the point of view of my own values. Having given this topic much thought, I believe that a similar objective approach can be taken regardless of your individual beliefs or values.

Faith, science and the paranormal are three disciplines that have been in conflict with one another through the centuries. The arguments have taken many forms from Charles Darwin and creationism vs. evolution to the Salem witch trials where the church burned accused “witches” at the stake. It is a conflict that has raged through the ages and is not likely to end any time soon. Is there any way to find some common ground between these three? I believe there is and they have more in common than most would think.

First, let me preface my view by discussing my background. I was raised Christian in a Southern Baptist church. I have always remained true to my faith but I cannot abide hypocrisy, and there is plenty of it to go around in all the major religions of the world. I began questioning some church dogma when I was a teen. Specifically the stance that dancing or even just taking a little sip of alcohol is a sin. Anyone that has studied the Bible, the Torah or Koran knows that this is a contradiction. Every religion without exception has denominations that take scripture out of context to suit their individual agendas. I know that will make some angry but the truth is that all are guilty of it including the Baptists.  Contradictions such as these started me on the path to objective thinking when it comes to all practices that come along with faith. It leads me to the realization that I need to take everything I hear with a “grain of salt” and do my own study on the subject. One of the primary teachings that it seems all religions have is that science has no place in faith and vice versa. I believed that for many years until I went to college. There I had a biology professor that presented me with a new way to think of things which has inspired me in my endeavors with science. He taught evolution, like every biology class does, but he presented it from another perspective. My professor called it “evolution through divine intervention”. This theory holds that evolution occurred but it was influenced by God. If you look at the creation story in Genesis, which was written many millennia before we had any scientific notion of evolution, it follows almost exactly in the steps that modern science believes that evolution took place. The path in Genesis states there was a void and shapeless earth, and then there was light with a sun and moon to “rule” the darkness (the Big Bang). Next, the land and seas were created and closely followed by grass and plants. Then the seas were given life, followed by animals on the land and, finally, mankind. The theory of evolution through divine intervention also states that the 6 “days” that it took to create the world are not literal 24 hour days as we know them. There was no concept of time when the earth was formed, therefore the days were put into the account to give early man an understanding that they could comprehend. There is a passage in the Bible from (2 Peter 3:8) that states “1,000 years is like a day to God” which leads us to conclude that God operates on a different time than we do. In comparison, the scientific theory states there was a “big bang” that formed the earth, planets and stars including our sun and moon. It goes on to state that life started in the oceans, then evolved into animals on the land and the finally evolved into modern man. Whether you subscribe to the religious aspect of creation or not, there is no dispute that they follow the same path in the order of things. The only difference is- was this caused by random chance or by some divine influence? That is open to each person to interpret for his or herself. But I believe it is undeniable that there is definitely a great deal of common ground there.

            Next, let’s discuss the common ground between faith and the paranormal. Without a doubt the common theme here would be the “soul” or “spirit”.  The Bible clearly states that everyone has a soul that continues on beyond the death of the physical body. Paranormal investigation’s main charter is to investigate claims of souls or spirits, “entities” that still dwell in a building or area. Both would initially seem to be on the same page, so why all the conflict? There are many points of view in organized religion as to what happens to the soul after death. A few branches of Christianity believe in purgatory, which is kind of a “waiting room” between this world and the next, while many others from Christianity, along with Judaism and Islam, teach that the soul goes straight to heaven upon death of the body, while other believe the soul is in a state of sleep or “stasis” until the end of time. Hinduism and Buddhism both believe in a reincarnation of the soul to higher levels of existence. I personally find the verse in 1 Thessalonians  4:15–17 of the King James version of the Bible most compelling in that most religious authorities seem to overlook it:

 “For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.”

For me personally, the line “the dead in Christ will rise first” is the most compelling from a religious perspective to suggest that our souls remain here in some capacity until the end of time. This belief would be consistent with the objectives of paranormal investigation. The bottom line is that all major religions believe in the soul and paranormal investigation is more or less in search of scientific proof of the soul.

 To bring our three way common ground together, let’s discuss the aspect of the soul from a scientific perspective. In our limited scientific understanding there is no way as of yet to definitively prove or disprove the existence of the soul. That having been said, I believe the common ground here lies in the Law of the Conservation of Energy. This law states that energy cannot be created or destroyed; it can only be changed from one form to another. This law has evolved from the work of many scientists over the centuries but the modern postulation first came about in 1844. William Robert Grove postulated a relationship between mechanics, heat, light, electricity and magnetism, by treating them all as manifestations of a single “force” (energy). Grove published his theories in his book The Correlation of Physical Forces.  In 1847, drawing on the earlier work of James Prescott Joule, Sadi Carnot and Emile Clapyron: German scientist Hermann Von Helmholtz arrived at conclusions similar to Grove’s and published his theories in his book Über die Erhaltung der Kraft (On the Conservation of Force, 1847). The general modern acceptance of the principles of the Law of the Conservation of Energy stems from this publication. Most scientists would probably agree that every individual has a life force or “energy” about them that dissipates upon death of the body. According to this scientific law, it is not gone or destroyed at death but has changed to another form. Whether this energy is the soul and has moved on to another existence or has just gone on to be ambient energy in the environment again is open to the interpretation and beliefs of the individual. I believe this is an area where legitimate paranormal investigation comes in to help science have a better understanding.

Why did I emphasis legitimate? As most of my readers will be aware, there are literally thousands of paranormal groups that spring up daily. There are as many different styles of investigating as there are groups. Many paranormal groups use mediums or psychics as part of their investigation tools. This is one area where common ground can be lost very quickly. To approach this from an area of faith, most major religions warn against psychics or mediums primarily because you open yourself up to deception from a negative entity (aka demon) or deception from the individual providing the “reading” or “communication” with the “spirit world”. From a scientific perspective, there is absolutely no validity to any information a psychic or medium provides us. A medium can claim there is a spirit present and they “see” them in the room. In every case you would have to take their word for what they are claiming. I’m sorry but that is just not good enough if you want to approach paranormal investigation from an objective point of view. The only way to bring all three disciplines together is to collect paranormal data in a scientific format. Then, and only then, can you bring your findings to both the scientific and religious communities and expect to have any credibility and common ground. I believe it is possible some day, but it is going to take a larger effort by the legitimate paranormal researchers.

Why do I bring religion into the debate? It is a fact that 84% of the world’s population claims an affiliation with some religion. The fact of the matter is that most people’s beliefs and prejudices are influenced by their religion. The simple math of it is that a large percentage of scientists, which I include legitimate paranormal investigators in that genre, have their own religious beliefs.  If they are not involved in religion they have their own individual core values that they draw from. Either way the scientific community has its own beliefs and prejudices amongst its members.  I will always remain true to my faith and nothing will change that. I have personally received criticism from the religious community on my involvement with paranormal investigation. This was not at all totally unexpected. But through my years of experience, I understand the importance of science in aiding our understanding of the universe and improving the quality of life of mankind. I have found my common ground and hopefully if you are willing to step back and take an objective, open minded view; you will find your common ground as well.

Isn’t science really man’s attempt to figure out how God did things?

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