The ParaDocs methods of testing evidence bring some element of scientific methods to our investigations. The webisodes will be where we implement this method as we revisit previous locations where we have found something truly unexplainable. Following the three R’s ‘Removed, Reliable and Repeatable’ we hope to provide infallible evidence of paranormal phenomena. This method will be refined as we investigate to rule out any false positive and external interference, as technology changes. We will look at the equipment we use and contact the manufacturers to rule out know flaws or idiosyncrasies. (Canon, for example, has a long list of known flaws which can produce false positives in images and videos.) Our investigations will be exhaustive when needed to bring you the viewer conclusive proof of the paranormal.
“Spin more than one hypothesis. If there’s something to be explained, think of all the different ways in which it could be explained. Then think of tests by which you might systematically disprove each of the alternatives. What survives, the hypothesis that resists disproof in this Darwinian selection among “multiple working hypotheses,” has a much better chance of being the right answer than if you had simply run with the first idea that caught your fancy.” – Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World (1997)
Each incidence of paranormal phenomena will have at least three webisodes dedicated to it and if needed an additional conclusions webisode. Each will follow the same format and testing methodology (it might get boring; hence this level of investigation is presented as webisodes.), if at any point we fail to get any evidence on two visits then it will fail on the repeatable aspect of the ParaDocs Threefold Method. We need at least a 66% hit rate.
More information about our methodology:
We must remove all outside influence from our testing area, if this is not possible, we need readings of the area, so we know what the external influences are during any given visit. This will mean circling the building or area, looking for powerlines, mobile antennas, radio transmitters, faulty microwaves, and other electrical equipment and natural phenomena. If possible, we will turn off all the electrics in the building from the main switch and use our own battery-powered systems which are a known quantity. Only essential equipment will be used, and every Team member must be outside the building or location and be as far away as they can to let the equipment record without any possibility of the Team being picked up.
This sweep of the area must be repeated every time we visit the location to test repeatability, as external influences might change on each visit, and will rule out false positives from previous visits.
Reliability comes in three sets of every piece of equipment we use, each from a different manufacturer. So, EVP recorders, one digital with noise reduction, one without noise reduction and one analogue tape. The same goes with cameras, three of each from different manufacturers, using different lenses and recording media. You guessed it the same with all other equipment, something caught on one camera can be ruled out if it’s not recorded on the other two. Some equipment won’t be used or discounted as by its very nature is an unreliable source of irrefutable evidence.
Any phenomena needs to be recorded on all the relevant equipment used, then checked against the list of external influences we have found and cannot remove. Only then will we consider this a hit.
A Phenomena from a single visit could easily be an external influence we have missed; it could also be a one-off random event. We need to repeat our investigations and get the same or very similar result to previous visits. Multiple visits allow us to rule out as much external influence from our investigations as possible so we can remove all false positives. Some evidence might be convincing enough after one visit, but if it’s not repeatable we cannot prove to anyone beyond our team that the phenomena we have captured are real.
In most cases, three hits on three different occasions at least two weeks apart will be extremely rare, but would also constitute irrefutable proof of the paranormal. On a case, by case basis, we will look at the evidence and decide if we have gathered enough evidence (66% hit rate) to make what we have discovered at least be plausible as a paranormal event. Anything below 66% would cast serious doubt on our findings and would have to put that into the inconclusive file, which may be revisited at a later date.
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