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PSIRO: Setting the Benchmark
When it comes to the paranormal research field, there is a wide variety of different styles, techniques, motives, and even theories that each group and organization exhibits. Some groups are simply enthusiasts and thrill seekers, looking for their next experience, some are interested in finding their cash cow, while others are more interested in understanding and documenting claims and phenomena in order to offer advancements in our current knowledge of the working world around us. The Paranormal Study and Investigative Research Organization, or PSIRO, is one of the groups that hopes to offer more advancement than thrill seeking. When I created PSIRO in 2009, it was after many years of realizing that the paranormal research field had a serious problem about which no one was talking. The efforts of the entire community were lacking in research and study and, instead, focusing more heavily on media, television shows, conferences, etc. While I, myself, have been on television for the series Paranormal State, I soon found that I didn’t enjoy the mainstream media as well as I had enjoyed the research, so I left the group and began forming my own research organization. Paranormal research and study is currently unrecognized by the scientific community. While studies have shown that a vast majority of Americans believe in paranormal phenomena in one form or another, the general consensus on the validity of paranormal research by the scientific community is one often one of abhorrence. These emotions are not without just cause. The paranormal research field
By Topher Young
uine need for researching such claims is necessary. As a researcher, this is something that I cannot ignore, but at the same time, each claim must be scrutinized and tested methodically and as controlled as possible, a task that is not being done by the vast majority of so-called researchers. For this reason, I created PSIRO. We offer a different approach and perspective to paranormal research. It's one thing to try to change the paranormal research field by claiming you know it all, it is another to state that you know nothing and start all over from the very beginning. The latter is the approach that I decided to take with PSIRO. After almost a decade of paranormal investigation, I realized that I knew absolutely nothing about the paranormal or what it entailed. I was no closer to proving ghosts existed than I was when I started. I read dozens upon dozens of books that offered the same theories, ideas, and claims that each paranormal researcher has used for the last century or more, but in the end, they told me nothing of value. I actually found that the theories that many groups and organizations assumed were correct, are in fact, unproven and, in many cases, are Continued on Page 2
of study is one that is abundantly uneducated and methodologically inept. There is no scientific basis for much of the research and investigations that take place in the field. Researching claims of the paranormal does not instantly mean that ghosts or spirits are believed to exist, nor is it believed that aliens, Bigfoot, or the Chupacabra run amok in the world, yet many investigators and groups operate under the assumption that you must believe it exists in order to research the claims. Regardless of the beliefs of those that believe or disbelieve, claims of paranormal phenomena are in extreme abundance that a gen-
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Inside this issue:
PSIRO: Setting the Benchmark (cont.) Book Review Kristie’s Pics Cartoon Corner Tracie’s Tasties: Pumpkin Bars Gizmos and Gadgets 2 2 3 3 4 4
Special points of interest:
Write Your Own Magic by Richard Webster Pumpkin Bars: An easy and delicious treat
for your entire family.
Kristie’s Pics: Retro Paranormal with
Ghostbusters and Beetlejuice.
Check out the featured Gadget & Gizmo for
your paranormal quest.
PSIRO: Setting the Benchmark (cont. from pg. 1)
false. After almost a decade of paranormal research, the only thing I gained was more questions and a changed perspective of paranormal research as a whole. With this newly founded realization of my own ignorance, I created PSIRO, an organization that is strictly dedicated to scientifically advancing paranormal research. The organization will take an alternative approach to paranormal research than that of its peers. Many groups are simply trying to answer the question, “Do ghosts exist?”, a question that is no closer to being answered than it was a century or two ago. Instead, PSIRO will focus on answering questions that can offer new avenues of thinking and understanding about our world and the unknown world around us. With the expansion of PSIRO, there are now opportunities for membership within the organization. After almost two years of private study and structuring of the entire organization, I am now opening the doors to those interested in partaking in the study of paranormal claims and phenomena. PSIRO currently mandates that all members wishing to take part in any research based studies, either in the field or laboratory, must undergo training set forth by the organization. Training consists of both field and classroom based training and study. Quizzes and final exams will be administered to assess the knowledge and application skills of the trainees. After successful completion of the PSIRO training course, trainees will be recognized and free to enter any department within PSIROs’ branch of study. The PSIRO training program is conducted like a college course. There will be classroom discussions and lectures along with required outside reading that may or may not be discussed during training. A course syllabus is given to each new trainee prior to the training course, so all requirements and assignments will be listed, along with their respective due dates. It is important to note that the training course does not teach people how to “hunt ghosts” or determine if a place is haunted. The very notion of such training negates the research and science that PSIRO wishes to employ. Trainees will learn everything from the history of paranormal research to identifying false positives in data and how to correct them. For more information on PSIRO and its membership opportunities, please visit www.PSIRO.com
Write Your Own Magic, by Richard Webster shows you how to use the incredible magical power of words to make your dreams a reality. Webster gives you the tools to determine what the purpose of your life and your desires are. He then teaches you how to make your dreams come true in six important areas - physical, spiritual, mental, financial, social, and intuitive. In seemingly simple techniques using a medium as old as time, thoughts and dreams can be organized into a reality. It also teaches you the power of thinking positive and putting positive energy back into your life. People, air, animals, spirits - everything is composed of energy. Webster;s book shows you how to harness that energy and begs the question, “What if?” An excellent read with historical information, fun techniques, and a way to change the direction of your life.
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Everyone is psychic to some degree, and really successful paranormal investigators, even if they do not realize it, are using their own psychic ability to sense the environment. Rosemay Ellen Guiley
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For November, I’ll be reviewing two paranormal comedy movies from the 1980s, Ghostbusters and Beetlejuice. First, Ghostbusters starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Sigourney Weaver, and Ernie Hudson. You’ll never look at ghosts the same way after seeing this comic team pursue and capture the phantoms of New York City. Murray especially is at the top of his game as Dr. Peter Venkman. Equal parts sleaze and charm, Venkman tries to woo client Sigourney Weaver as his team investigates other worldly happenings at her apartment. Soon, the team discovers the entire building is on the verge of a major paranormal event that threatens everyone. With unforgettable images such as the library ghost, the terror dogs and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, quotable dialogue, and one of the better 80s soundtracks, it’s hard not to enjoy this comic gem. After all, who ya gonna call? Beetlejuice is another great 80s comedy starring Michael Keaton, Geena Davis, Alec Baldwin, and Winona Ryder. When young couple Davis and Baldwin dies in a car accident, their beloved country home is sold to Ryder’s family. Upset with the outrageous changes Ryder’s garish stepmother makes to their lovely home, the ghostly couple calls upon Keaton’s Beetlejuice, a fellow ghoul who promises to rid their home of the living. What they didn’t bargain for are the lengths this bio-exorcist will go to scare a few unsuspecting homeowners. Full of director Tim Burton’s unique gross out vision, Keaton shines as “the ghost with the most,” who seems to cause chaos wherever he goes. Ryder is also fun as the Goth child who befriends Davis and Baldwin, reveling in their freaky world. So say his name three times and wait for the mayhem to begin.
By Kristie Dale
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Tracie’s Tasties: Pumpkin Bars
Ingredients Bars: 4 eggs 1 2/3 cups granulated sugar 1 cup vegetable oil 15-ounce can pumpkin 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking soda Icing: 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened 2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Directions Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Using an electric mixer at medium speed, combine the eggs, sugar, oil and pumpkin until light and fluffy. Stir together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and baking soda. Add the dry ingredients to To make the icing: Combine the cream cheese and butter in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until smooth. Add the sugar and mix at low speed until combined. Stir in the vanilla and mix again. Spread on cooled pumpkin bars. This is an easy recipe that takes about 30 minutes to make and will be a favorite of the whole family. This recipe will yield 48 small bars or 24 large bars. the pumpkin mixture and mix at low speed until thoroughly combined and the batter is smooth. Spread the batter into a greased 13 by 10-inch baking pan. Bake for 30 minutes. Let cool completely before frosting. Cut into bars.
Gadgets and Gizmos: Laser Grid Scope
Introduced to PSJ by our friends and peers at 3am Paranormal, this high powered laser emits a grid of green dots useful for detecting shadows or general visual disturbances during an investigation. Set it in front of a running camera to catch potential evidence. 3am Paranormal states that it has been an intergral part of their investigations and has proven useful in the gathering of data and evidence. The cost is $25-$30 for the scope and for an addition $15 (approximate) you can add a tripod.
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