Hayley is a Ghost

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I’m sometimes accused by other paranormal researchers of being an arm chair skeptic and of “being able to talk the talk, but not able to walk the walk”. So I¬†thought I’d make this post to lend some clarity for those who are uncertain about what it is I actually do, and how I go about doing it when it comes to ghosts and other odd things.

Six years ago I would have visited a reputedly haunted building every other weekend to try and find proof of the ghosts there. The building didn’t even have to have anything happen there – if it looked spooky then that was good enough.

Today I don’t conduct as many on-site investigations for many reasons:

1 – There are certain situations I don’t want to put myself and others into for security reasons
2 – Not all reported phenomena is investigatable (often, eyewitness testimony cannot be replicated)
3 – It is very rare (in my experience anyway) for a case to come along where things are currently happening, rather than a case where things are reputed to happen and have been for a long time.

I guess I could be accused of being too picky when it comes to deciding whether to investigate a case or not; but even though some people seem to think I don’t, I do actually visit locations and conduct onsite research into things that have been witnessed. I don’t always publish the details of these visits for privacy purposes. I always fear that if I were to publish details of places we (the WPR team) have visited, that location would be bombarded with requests for visits by numerous other teams in the Wiltshire are whose practices are ethically questionable.

Not only that, but this year we’ve visited mainly businesses who have odd things happening, and they don’t always want that sort of information being made public. I will, however, work out a way in which to share our findings in the future just so I don’t get accused of being an arm chair skeptic who doesn’t ‘walk the walk’.¬†

When dealing with a case, the Wiltshire Phenomena Research team will look at what has been witnessed and will then try to find the most likely cause. This is often done through replicating the situation the phenomena was witnessed in. We don’t try to prove a ghost did it, and we don’t try to convince people ghosts aren’t real – we just look for the logical causes.

I would invite anyone who has accused me and WPR of being arm chair skeptics or not ‘walking the walk’ to ask, rather than speculate. Anyone who considers themselves a good researcher should surely know that before reaching a conclusion one must have all the facts, afterall…

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Hayley is a ghost

Hayley Stevens is an advocate for science-based research into seemingly paranormal experiences and occurrences. With a background in the pseudo-scientific research into ghosts, Hayley offers a unique insight into the strange world of ghost hunting through her experience.

She describes herself as 'a ghost hunter who doesn't hunt for ghosts' and this is her personal blog where she writes about ghosts, people, and other interesting things. Read more here.

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