I stumbled across this line on a "school for psychics" website:
"Trying to use scientific methodology to describe what is inherently unscientific is unreliable at best."
While yes, to certain extent that line is true, it is also grossly misleading and false.
Many of the "ghost hunting" groups that use scientific methodologies are not necessarily using equipment and "scientific methodology" to prove a haunting; instead that equipment (such as an EMF detector) is used to find and explain the normal. Once all the "normal" has been discovered and explained...
When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.
There are as many theories about the paranormal as there are investigators, enthusiasts and skeptics. They could all be true, they could all be false… but that is really irrelevant. It is up to the individual to determine from their own experience.
....However, while there may be no "true" scientific methodology to ascertain the existence of the paranormal, it helps everyone more to be able to see and hear the physical evidence, as intangible as it may be.
If there is paranormal activity, does that mean the house is haunted? Not necessarily. Paranormal is defined as "beyond the range of normal experience or scientific explanation." Individual pieces of evidence cannot be taken as proof; one must look at the whole picture for a more thorough understanding as to what is going on… everything from personal experiences to "hard evidence" gathered during an investigation.
With time and experience, an investigator will learn what is uncommonly common and what is not… but that is a blog for another day.....
Anyone can walk into a house as a "psychic" or "medium" and go into a grand mal seizure and start speaking in tongues and "prove" to the home owner the house is haunted. To me (and many, many others), that is simply not proof. That's an acting job. If someone walks into a house and captures something on IR, thermal, or an EVP, and is something that can't be explained, that is evidence that there may be some sort of paranormal activity in that house.
Now don't get me wrong, absolutely I believe psychics and mediums are capable of conversing with the dead as well as sense the energies of spirits still roaming the earth. I believe there are those "gifted" with a second sight who can see glimpses of the future or share energies with another to get an impression of what another is thinking or feeling.
However, I believe those people are far and few in between. I've met a small handful of people I believe to be truly psychic or mediumistic in nature. They are always the silent minority. A vast number of the vocal majority, however, I have come to realize are nothing more than charlatans. Did Dionne Warwick see bankruptcy coming? Then there is the grey area between vocal and silent that some are, some aren't.
It's up to the individual to decide what they believe and what they don't believe. Anyone can say a place is haunted, but not everyone can look at an investigation from a logical and objective standpoint and disprove a place is not haunted.