An overflow crowd showed up at the Longmont Library tonight to hear a presentation from the Boulder County Paranormal Research Society (BCPRS). I'm behind on my pop culture but I guess there are a few popular TV shows these days that cover ghost hunting and paranormal activity, which may explain the large number in attendance. Anyway, BCPRS has been around for a few years now and they describe themselves as being more skeptical than other similar organizations on the Front Range.
Their full presentation is on their site. Here's a few notes I remember from their talk:
- Never pay for a paranormal investigation. Ever. A payment implies a delivery of results, of which there may be none whatsoever.
- BCPRS always tries to look for rational explanations. A pigeon tapping on a window or some vibrations from a nearby railroad track may be the cause of that noise you're hearing.
- Paranormal investigation tends to be a lot of waiting with no results. Some investigators have not lasted long with BCPRS because they expected more action, like the TV shows depict.
- Their McClelland School story from Pueblo, CO was compelling. This was a true house of sadness when it was an orphanage and tuberculosis treatment center.
- The term paranormal is not really accurate. There is really just the normal that we don't fully understand,