Loyd Auerbach Discusses Paranormal Misconceptions!

Parapsychologist Loyd Auerbach is a respected professional in the paranormal community. As founder and director of the Office of Paranormal Investigations, Loyd is a widely published author and sought-after expert in the paranormal field. He is a college professor teaching courses in parapsychology, anthropology, and many other subjects.


LoveToKnow (LTK): Are there misconceptions about parapsychology?

Loyd Auerbach (LA): Many. For example, people believe parapsychology has nothing to do with ghost hunting. I have heard this again and again – from people who haven’t a clue as to the history of parapsychology (and its predecessor, psychical research) or the place of apparitions, hauntings and poltergeists in the continuum of psychic phenomena and experiences. In talking to many people, it seems that if it’s not on TV, it’s not worth knowing. Apparently, plumbers and cops and college students know more about the phenomena and how to investigate it than folks in a field that’s been doing it since the 1880s. The early investigators were active well over 100 years ago, while the Society for Psychical Research started in 1882 (and apparitions and hauntings were one of their focal points). There were others even before them.

Many people also believe there’s no scientific literature covering paranormal investigations. There are hundreds of books, including volumes of the early journals and proceedings of the Society for Psychical Research (SPR) and its American counterpart (ASPR)! Not to mention the fact that more contemporary issues of the SPR and ASPR journal, as well as the Journal of Scientific Exploration and others, cover field investigations.

Many people also believe parapsychology remains unproven, so there are no experts and it can’t be taught. Parapsychology has well-developed field and laboratory methodologies for studying the phenomena we call psi, which includes ghosts and hauntings. I have taught in an accredited graduate program on parapsychology for a number of years, and I’m involved in developing a new graduate parapsychology program at Atlantic University. Over 20 universities in the UK teach extensive parapsychology courses that do cover field investigation.

Read the full interview here: http://paranormal.lovetoknow.com/paranormal-interviews/interview-loyd-auerbach-paranormal-misconceptions

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Co-founder & lead investigator of Paranormal Encounters. I've experienced the paranormal all my life, having encountered ghosts, angels and demons. I live in a haunted house and when not exploring and researching the unknown, I enjoy single malt Scotch whisky & potato chips (though not necessarily at the same time).