When it comes to the paranor-mal research field, there is awide variety of different styles,techniques, motives, and eventheories that each group andorganization exhibits. Somegroups are simply enthusiastsand thrill seekers, looking for their next experience, some areinterested in finding their cashcow, while others are moreinterested in understanding anddocumenting claims and phe-nomena in order to offer ad-vancements in our currentknowledge of the workingworld around us. The Paranor-mal Study and InvestigativeResearch Organization, or PSI-RO, is one of the groups thathopes to offer more advance-ment than thrill seeking.
When I created PSIRO in 2009,it was after many years of real-izing that the paranormal re-search field had a serious prob-lem about which no one wastalking. The efforts of the en-tire community were lacking inresearch and study and, instead,focusing more heavily on me-dia, television shows, confer-ences, etc. While I, myself,have been on television for theseries Paranormal State, I soonfound that I didn’t enjoy themainstream media as well as Ihad enjoyed the research, so Ileft the group and began form-ing my own research organiza-tion.Paranormal research and studyis currently unrecognized bythe scientific community.While studies have shown thata vast majority of Americans believe in paranormal phenom-ena in one form or another, thegeneral consensus on the valid-ity of paranormal research bythe scientific community is oneoften one of abhorrence. Theseemotions are not without justcause.The paranormal research fieldof study is one that is abun-dantly uneducated and method-ologically inept. There is noscientific basis for much of theresearch and investigations thattake place in the field. Re-searching claims of the para-normal does not instantly meanthat ghosts or spirits are be-lieved to exist, nor is it be-lieved that aliens, Bigfoot, or the Chupacabra run amok inthe world, yet many investiga-tors and groups operate under the assumption that you must believe it exists in order toresearch the claims. Regardlessof the beliefs of those that be-lieve or disbelieve, claims of paranormal phenomena are inextreme abundance that a gen-uine need for researching suchclaims is necessary. As aresearcher, this is somethingthat I cannot ignore, but at thesame time, each claim must be scrutinized and tested me-thodically and as controlled as possible, a task that is not being done by the vast majori-ty of so
For this reason, I created PSI-RO. We offer a differentapproach and perspective to paranormal research. It's onething to try to change the par-anormal research field byclaiming you know it all, it isanother to state that you knownothing and start all over fromthe very beginning. The latter is the approach that I decidedto take with PSIRO. After almost a decade of paranor-mal investigation, I realizedthat I knew absolutely nothingabout the paranormal or whatit entailed. I was no closer to proving ghosts existed than Iwas when I started. I readdozens upon dozens of booksthat offered the same theories,ideas, and claims that each paranormal researcher hasused for the last century or more, but in the end, they toldme nothing of value. I actual-ly found that the theories thatmany groups and organiza-tions assumed were correct,are in fact, unproven and, inmany cases, areContinued on Page 2
PSIRO: Setting the Benchmark
By Topher Young
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