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Written by Doug Kelley on July 24, 2009, 03:16:48 PM
On Thursday, July 23, 2009, we presented the radio program entitled, “Reinventing the Anomalous Research Field - Panel Discussion.” Participating in the discussion in addition to myself and Grant Rubendunst was Mike Jones, Brian Parsons, and Juan Torres. All are CPFI Regional Directors with substantial experience in the anomalous field.

Listen to the radio program here:

This program was a reasonable, rational, innovative, and conversational discussion of the topic. The basic premise for the program was:

After decades of anomalous research, we have collected thousands of reported sightings and cases of ghosts, UFOs, and abductions. While important, how many more do we need? Few advances have been made in at least the past decade, so, where do we go from here? We need to take things to the next level because if “we always do what we’ve always done, we’ll always get what we’ve always got.” We need to move beyond routine sightings and “chasing lights in the sky” in an effort to discover the source and reason for such events. This will involve “reinventing” our approach including our own mindsets and belief systems.

Following are some issues that we discussed as a group:

1.   Meaningfulness. Photos and video are almost worthless when it comes to substantiating anomalous events. While the need certainly exists to log sightings etc., we need to focus on any inherent meaning within a case or piece of evidence that adds to our knowledge base. If little or no meaning exists, we can log the event but we must not waste time with further investigation. This is a crucial issue because so many groups and amateur researchers “grasp” to link natural events they cannot explain to paranormal activity.

2.   Education. As with all aspects of society, education leads to enlightenment, human evolution, and peaceful relationships. A strong need exists within the anomalous research field for education; however, not just education in how to investigate, but rather, education in becoming grounded, rational, and objective researchers who remain open-minded and devoid of preconceived notions. People and interpersonal skills will result in better interviews and coaching of clients as will observational skills, i.e., the ability to read people accurately.

3.   Cross Training. It is no longer sufficient to focus solely on hauntings or ufology or abductions. We need to shift our approach to “anomalous” research which encompasses the entire gamut of unexplained phenomena. Researchers who are unfamiliar with other anomalous fields are not in a good position to see the bigger picture which, in turn, may limit their ability to discover meaningful answers.

4.   Overlapping Phenomena. When considering the broad range of anomalous events, the evidence suggests that hauntings, UFOs, and abductions all involve the “same thing only different.” Many of these different types of cases involve PK activity among other things. Experience indicates that most (if not all) witnesses possess some degree of psychic ability.

5.   Common Denominators. After considering many cases across all areas of anomalous research, researchers continue to be “teased” with evidence. One case points us in one direction, while another in an opposite direction. We can never quite determine exactly what is going on because there are far too many varied and conflicting cases from which to draw any commonalities. As a result, the common denominators among most paranormal sightings appear to be “fear and confusion;” at the very least, this seems to be the net result. The big question is what is the source of this fear and confusion? Can the majority of events be boiled down to a single source? When we consider human concepts such as demons, reptilians, elementals, fairies, trolls, Greys, MIS’s, and the like, are we dealing with an interdimensional intelligence, a heretofore unknown terrestrial intelligence, some type of parasitic intelligence, an alien intelligence, or something different? Is such a hypothesis reasonable? If in fact a single source is responsible for the majority of these events, “fear and confusion” again seem to be the net result. This single source could be termed as “Malevolent Inhuman Entities” (MIE, coined by Mike Jones).

6.   Understanding the Human Condition. Experience has indicated that roughly 90% of hauntings, UFO sightings, and abductions can be explained as non-paranormal in nature. This being the case, what accounts for this vast number of alleged paranormal events? Many of the witnesses literally believe they have seen something paranormal. I believe that this segment of the field has been largely ignored (except by the professional debunkers who attribute it all to mass hysteria or similar). If the ultimate end of anomalous research is to better understand the human condition (which it and every other type of research is), then serious anomalous researchers must seek to discover more about this human phenomena that has persisted over millennia. Understanding the human component or the role that the human psyche plays in paranormal sightings is also necessary in order to rule out non-paranormal events so that we can focus on high-strangeness cases.

These were a few of the points discussed on the topic of reinventing the field, a kind of “Anomalous Research 2.0” if you will.

More on this topic will be coming in the days, weeks, and months ahead. We would love to hear your thoughts on how we can look at this field in a new way. I have opened a forum board to discuss this topic at Please feel free to add your thoughts there.

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Doug is an accomplished speaker, trainer, coach, and author of six published books, and numerous eBooks and articles in the field of human development, leadership, management, and relationships. This is all in addition to his dedicated work in the anomalous research field.

In an effort to further general education and professionalism in the paranormal field, Doug founded ParaNexus, a professional association of paranormal and anomalous researchers, in early 2008 along with his close friend and colleague, Jari Mikkola. In the fall of 2007, he completed the ParaNexus Paranormal Investigator Certification Course (CPI), a cutting-edge home study course designed to train researchers to be professional and competent investigators of anomalous phenomena. A year later, he completed the ParaNexus Leading Paranormal Investigator Certification Course (CLPI), a comprehensive leadership and management course for anomalous research group founders.

Doug has an open mind and a deep belief in the indomitable power of the human spirit. His greatest area of interest and research in the paranormal field is the impact that a person's unique socio-religious and cultural beliefs have on the type and extent of any paranormal activity experienced by the individual. Doug is also a certified Hypnotist, and for two years, co-operated a hypnosis center in Port Charlotte, Florida along with his best friend and wife, Tracy. He uses hypnosis to conduct research into the alien abduction phenomena. Doug holds a degree in electronics and an Advanced SCUBA diving certification.

Doug is the host of ParaNexus Universe Radio, has spoken to many groups in the paranormal field, has appeared on several radio programs, and is available for media interviews, paranormal talk shows, documentaries, and speaking to groups about paranormal topics. Doug may be contacted via, by email at, or by phone at 941-740-2900.

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