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Alex Reagan Enters the World of Paranormal Investigation

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Alex Reagan enters the world of paranormal investigation and is introduced to Dr. Strand— a controversial character in the field of paranormal research.
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Alex Reagan enters the world of paranormal investigation and is introduced to Dr. Strand— a controversial character in the field of paranormal research. Dr. Strand sounds more like a skeptic in his own line of study than a believer, and Alex questions his intentions for remaining in the field.
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I've seen all types of paranormal apparitions. Whoever tells you there are three categories of hauntings is foolish. That's dark. Abruzzi, the host of the popular reality TV show Demon Hunters were human. The things we chase are not. So how do you respond to critics who say that this field is not a science, but rather a pseudo science pseudoscience? Yeah, I've heard that one. Uh, well, I would ask them to accompany me on investigation to see the rigor with which we conduct our experiments. We we have actual experiments. I'd like to point out that even the University of Pennsylvania, an Ivy League school has a ghost research unit. Really? There are critics within your industry who say that with demon hunters, you're not engaging in science, but rather in lowbrow entertainment. They're jealous. They didn't think of it before. We did. Well, to be honest, I've been hearing this from several people you're talking about. Strand, right? Don't waste your time. Of course, I wasn't talking about Strand. Not yet. I wasn't talking about anyone in particular, but I started to notice that name Strand kept coming up. Does the criticism ever get personal? There's no avoiding that type of character assassination, the ones that tend to sting more of their fellow academics like Vogel or Strand. It's like they got a vendetta against the whole field of paranormal research. But, you know, strange reputation, more of a writer than anything else. Dr. Strand is well known in our circles, but probably not the way he'd like. How do you say this politely? He puts a lot of passion and to work that would benefit from more clinical objectivity. Dr. Richard Strand, What's his doctorate in being a Dr Strand, is a paranormal investigator. What makes him such a lightning rod for criticism is that he doesn't believe in the paranormal. He's a ghost hunter who doesn't believe in ghosts. In fact, not only does he not believe in paranormal phenomena. For the past decade he has been on a mission to debunk all claims of the supernatural, and Strand is putting his money where his mouth is. Since 1998 the Strand Institute has been offering a million dollar reward for any proof of the supernatural. As you can imagine, he hasn't made a lot of friends in the ghost hunting community here. He is at a gathering of the Institute of Paranormal Research in ST Louis four years ago. The Wilson case is not an experiment disproving nor proving the validity of this phenomenon. All you have is a number of witnesses and their claims. That's not good science. A few more questions before we let Dr Strand go Yes, in the blue shirt, let's assume that what you say is true. Let's say everyone on the panel next to you is engaging in bad science. You haven't brought anything to the table that disproves anything. I am not making extraordinary claims against the laws of nature already established by the larger scientific community. I don't have to prove that gravity exists, that cells die that life ends. We know these things. The burden is on my colleagues to prove that life doesn't end in death, and they haven't provided anything other than we Conjecture. Okay, you in the black and gold in the back. Why don't let people who take comfort and fairy shells hold onto their illusions? It's similar to drug addiction. The addict needs escape. Have you ever come across a case where you couldn't find a scientific or rational explanation? No. What about the Sagamore? Okay. Yeah, And that's when the power went out. Perfect timing for a ghost convention. Dr. Strand is a controversial figure in the world of paranormal research. So why does he do it? Why devote his life to something he doesn't believe in?
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