Sunday, February 5, 2012

Joe Nickell - Why Investigate the Paranormal

Joe Nickell explains why he investigates the paranormal, as opposed to merely pronouncing his skepticism of it. Joe Nickell talks about his training as a detective and why it was formative, along with his background in magic. Joe Nickell explains why field experience is so important to scientific paranormal investigation. Joe Nickell distinguishes between skepticism and debunking, and what results from each approach.

Joe Nickell argues that the existence of the paranormal is not the only question to answer while conducting paranormal investigations. Joe Nickell explains why he continues investigating subjects he has already looked numerous times, such as ghosts, lake monsters and miracle claims, and why he spends time on the paranormal as opposed to other important topics. Joe Nickell talks about whether the supernatural claim that God exists should be a focus of the paranormal investigator. And Joe Nickell comments on the new trend of skeptical paranormal investigation groups starting up in cities throughout North America.

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