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Are Paranormal Conferences Sexist?

I woke up this morning at 530am and I did what every normal person with insomnia does … I checked my twitter feed. As I lay in bed listening to my dog snoring contently, most likely dreaming about squirrels, I came across a blog post entitled I’m a Real-Life Female Ghostbuster and I say Bring it On by Haley Stevens which was both inspiring and disheartening. The blog is extremely well written and points out the many contributions of notable female paranormal researchers such as Eleanor Sidgwick, Susan Blackmore, and Caroline Watt. Professor Watt is the Koestler Chair of Parapsychology at the University of Edinburgh and someone whom I hold in great respect. Dr. Watt was my dissertation supe

Ghosts Across Cultures

I recently read a book entitled Ghosts, Spirits, and the Afterlife in Native American Folklore and Religion by Gary Varner. I'm definitely not an expert in Native American Folklore or culture, so this book opened my eyes to how Native American's viewed ghosts. What struck me as both interesting and concerning is how the notion or purpose of ghosts or spirits is so different across cultures. As I mentioned in my previous blog , the most common modern thoughts among paranormal investigators involve the Spiritualist view, which is based on the Spiritualism movement in mid-1800’s, which is that ghosts are, in essence, harmless souls who crave direction and guidance from us humans. This is a far


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