My buddy Steve Fernino, who among his many claims to fame is an investigator with CT Soul Seekers and Director of Paranormal Research Groups, sent me an invite on Facebook to a TOWN HALL meeting on Ethics in the Paranormal Field.
It’s this Friday from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. EST on LiveParanormal.com. You have to register to participate, but it’s free. I believe Deonna Kelli Sayed, who investigates with Haunted North Carolina Research & Investigations, both created the event and is running it.
For the second time today I find myself referring to my Q&A with Phasma Ex Machina. One of their questions had to do with ethics. I was kind of surprised that others who did their “6 Questions With…” didn’t always have answers to the question: “Do you have any moral/ethical obligations in ghost hunting or communicating with the dead?”
I think ethics plays a part in just about anything, but some things more than others. Not that anyone will die or lose their life savings (hopefully not anyway!) in regards to the paranormal like one might with a medical or legal issue, but ethics still factors in.
How many psychics are really on the up and up and not just (a) either exceptionally good researchers who do their homework ahead of time, or (b) exceptionally astute at picking up on the nonverbal communication of others? (I was a Communications major in college. We studied nonverbal communication even more than verbal because it communicates far more. Some people are naturally expert at reading various cues and can tell a lot about a person that way –no psychic abilities necessary. I always found those examples most compelling.)
How many businesses try to drum up business with alleged hauntings but not any real actual proof?
And what about those who try to charge for paranormal investigations? I’m talking about both paranormal investigation groups as well as allegedly haunted places who see a way to make some extra money. (The first one…that’s not good. They can’t really offer anything to people. No one’s patented a ghost removal device. But the second one..well, it is America and capitalism is the American way.)
Those are just a few of the ethical concerns I think about. What are some of yours? Either leave a comment below or come join me at the Town Hall Friday night and discuss it with everybody then.