A big shout out goes to Autumnforest for sending me this link: http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/videos/feeds/cv-seo/Science–Technology/American-Paranormal/.
American Paranormal sort of quietly burst on the scene, but it’s slowly gaining buzz as it spreads from blogger to blogger and paranormal enthusiast to paranormal enthusiast. There’s two episodes so far:
- Haunted Prison, which is an investigation of Eastern State Penitentiary where “scientists try to answer the question: what are ghosts made of?”
- Bigfoot, which examines what Bigfoot may be and has many Bigfoot enthusiasts (such as the Blogsquatcher,see “American Paranormal Bigfoot episode hits it out of the park,”) giving Nat Geo’s treatment of the subject a standing O.
It’s similar to some other paranormal TV shows in that, like with the “Haunted Prison” episode, there is a quest to find ghosts. But it’s BY FAR the most authentic effort that’s aired to date at truly using technology and science in the hunt.
There are hypothesis, experiments, controls…yes controls! It truly utilizes the scientific method. They examine it from the angle of physics (as opposed to psychics, which I’m not opposed to either), engineering and technology. (Something I’ve been screaming for. I mean, it’s fine for people to hunt. But that’s not actual research. So many ghost hunters, regardless if they have shows or not, claim they’re doing “research.” What they’re doing is not true research. But this show? YES! They get what “research” actually means and bring in the researchers to do it!)
And I have to say, this episode proved to me Autumnforest is a ghost hunter to pay attention to. (Something I already knew, that’s why I follow her! It just cemented the deal.)
Last year she wrote about something the researchers in the “Haunted Prison” episode delve into: neutrinos.(See “Riding the Paranormal Highway: Neutrinos” and “Dark Matter Discovery: Paranormal Broth?”)
Oh, and she also wrote about the “Haunted Room Experiment” which examined something else the researchers in the “Haunted Prison” episode hypothesized about: infrasound.
If you have access to cable and get the National Geographic channel, they’ll be airing both the Bigfoot and Haunted Prison episodes again this Sunday, January 31 at 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. CST respectively.
Here’s one of the clips from the beginning of the “Haunted Prison” episode.