Well, I am back, after being away from researching for a number of months, I am back at it. My orginial Blog is gone, so I am starting over fresh here.
Since I stopped being able to research with one of the groups I belong to, the group has added a few new members, one of which is a "empath", "sensitive" or something of that nature. Now I happen to like this woman, I think she's a great person, and I am glad that she joined the group. Except.... well, except she "senses" activity everywhere we go, everywhere, and says so. She tends to "take over" the group from the founder and leader, redirecting based on her "feelings".
Now, I am pretty easy going, but to say that this type of interaction within the team is a strain for me, owuld be an understatement. I require something more then someones "feeling". I know that may offend a number of people, but that is how I feel. I do not doubt their expereinces, and I can even think of a number of pausable reasons why they are sensivite to activity, when I am not. But.... well I can not, will not endorse an event or activity with no other means of verification or documentation then a feeling.
Somehow, within the group dynamics, I am feeling like I am a killjoy. Everyone wants to be THE one that finds the envidence that proves without a doubt, that there are ghosts, spirits, etc. How does one quantify a "feeling" in science? We know feeling exsist, we all expecience them in one forum or another. I never doubt that the persons are experiencing something. Love, joy, fear, depression, anger, we all feel something at one point in tome or another.
BUT... when a "feeling" becomes "they are telling me to go upstairs to the attic" or "he is hugging me right now..." yet I pick up not one single shread of a reading on any instrument, gauge, or piece of equipment to back that up, I will not sign off on it as a active location. If I remember correctly, we try to back evidence up with two different sources.
I guess my most basic problem is that I don't want to sign off on an investigation, and tell any client that a location is active, or that we got activity based solely on a feeling. To me, that is the direct path to false positives and sudo science. If your an empath, a sensitive, a "whatever", I will give you the benefit of the doubt, but I expect you to hold your own research and evidence gathering to the same high standards that I hold my own too.
The research and the clients are worth the effort.