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Why Do We Do What We Do?
Submitted By: Date: May 27, 2009, 02:58:29 PM Views: 926
Summary: One investigators look into why we conduct anomalous research from his point of view.

Why Do We Do What We Do?
“-The Driving Force Behind Paranormal Researchers”
By Juan A. Torres, CLPI

When people first find out that I created Paranormal Association San Tan (P.A.S.T.), a nonprofit corporation to investigate paranormal activity, I often get a look of disbelief until they realize that I am being serious.  Of course the next question they ask is, “why?”  Why indeed.
 Everyone has their own story as to why they do what they do.  For me, it started when I was a young boy growing up in Bronx, New York, with several odd occurrences that would happen from time to time in the home that I grew up in. Shadowy apparitions and various noises would occasionally plague my nights, whether my parents were home or not.  If they experienced anything out of the ordinary, they never mentioned it, so I was left alone to ponder the cause of such circumstances.
In those days (late 70’s) there wasn't very much information out there about the paranormal but being the inquisitive young man I was, I began to research and read everything and anything having to do with the subject, my library card being put to much use in those days before the Internet.  Later as a teen, I conducted “investigations” on my own, interviewing people that I knew who had their own experiences.  Granted, these weren't full blown investigations where I was going in and taking measurements, conducting vigils and such, but for a 16 year old boy growing up in the inner city who didn't get an allowance, it was the best that I could do given the situation.  What I didn't realize at the time was that I had already started my research group by trying to make sense of these things rather than just writing them off as figments of my imagination.  
As my teen years ended, life got in the way of things and I had to get a “real job” which for me was serving in our armed forces, getting married and raising a family.  During all this time, though, in the back of my head, I had always wondered what if?  That in turn brings me back to the question of “why?”  For me it was simple; I have to this day not found suitable explanations for some of the things that I experienced in my youth and it is this inability to adequately answer those questions that has driven me to create my own group, along with a deep desire for helping others.
   For those of us in the paranormal community, “why” is not just a question; it is the answer. “Why” is the question and the answer all rolled up into one. It is the driving force that makes you flip just one more page in that book you are reading about ghosts or stay up that extra hour at night at a friend's to investigate that sound of “footsteps” they have been hearing on occasion.  We do what we do because no one else will.  Most people are happy being ignorant to the fact that there is more going on around us then can be explained by conventional methods and are just fine not knowing.  For the rest of us, though, this is not enough.  We need to understand who, what, where, when, why and how these experiences are happening.  Are they scientific, religious, metaphysical, or what?  Too many movies, books and television programs today present the paranormal in a negative, scary light where ghosts, spirits, and aliens are all out to get us.  Granted, this may sell tickets but it also paints the wrong picture of the subject matter and is yet another reason why we do what we do.  If we didn't delve more into it, there would only be the Hollywood examples for people to go off of.  The only way to get to the bottom of all these experiences and inquiries is for us to, as a community, pool our resources and unify.  Putting aside any differences and focusing on what is important  which is the why  we must continue to gain knowledge, as it will bring us closer to answering the questions that we have had since our childhood about things that go bump in the night.  Books alone will not answer the questions we have; it will also take a truer scientific method of using both the technical and nontechnical methods to collect our data.  As no one has yet solved the mysteries that surround us in the world today, our answers cannot come only from books, as the answer has not yet been found, so therefore, it cannot be written.  The why must be the driving force behind us that keeps us focused on the most important question of all: “Why do we do what we do?”  
   I cannot stress enough to everyone the importance of constantly researching and learning.  Even if you have been in the field for 30 years, you still don't have all the answers.  If you did, there would be no need for further research or conducting investigations.  With that being said, since we are all trying to get to the same location, then we should work more as a team and not as individual groups.  Then and only then will we start to find the answers that we seek, like the old saying goes “there is strength in numbers.”  We must learn to network our resources and use information exchange between research groups via the internet, conferences, and meetings.  An open dialogue between groups is the only way that we can move forward as a field effectively, so let's make it happen!  There is no “I” in team, remember?  It is our obligation as a community to present the truth whatever it may be. I have a motto for my group, which is written in Latin on our website: “Permissum res exsisto notus,” meaning, “Let the facts be known.” I use it as a reminder that we cannot skew our findings to support our own theories or else we will never get to the bottom of things.  If our data is wrong, then so will be our answer.  So, though my journey to this point may have been different, “we do what we do” because deep within us all is a desire and need to understand the world around us; we all share the need to find answers to the questions that seem to have no answers, to be the pioneers.    
We do because we can… because we should… because we must.

 Juan Torres, CLPI
Founder, Lead Investigator
Paranormal Association San Tan (P.A.S.T.)

Juan is the Founder/Director of Paranormal Association San Tan (P.A.S.T.) which was founded to conduct all manner of paranormal research using an unbiased approach to investigations.  Having been interested in the paranormal from a young age, he decided to start his own group to help get to the bottom of things.  He is a Certified Lead Paranormal Investigator and Regional Director for the state of Arizona CPFI Program (ParaNexus), Certified Field Investigator (MUFON), and is consistently seeking further training in the field.

Juan served for over 12 years in the US Army, with the 82nd Airborne and 25th Infantry Division, during Desert Shield and Desert Storm.  He supports the American Legion Post 129 and Civil Air Patrol.

When not working with Paranormal Association San Tan (P.A.S.T.), Juan is a Master Behavior Detection Officer for the Department of Homeland Security's Transportation Security Administration.  He is one of only 2500 Officers nationwide trained in the field of Behavior Detection.  Juan can be contacted via his website or email at

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