You're Just a Debunker,
why are you in this field if all you want to do is debunk everything?

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    This one comes up frequently, often asked with a degree of hostility, just as presented here.
    So in answer to this question, Read on....

    The answer is simple. I want to find out what people are experiencing. But perhaps the first thing to do is define a debunker. A debunker is one who is seeking answers. A debunker will accept any answer once it has been shown to be correct. A debunker is not one who rejects everything as some imply.

    The general opinion most who believe in the paranormal have of debunkers is we are the enemy; we are out to disprove everything they believe in. That could not be further from the truth. The fact is debunkers want to believe just as those who support all the psychic and metaphysical aspects do. But we want proof as well; we want a reason to believe that goes beyond just a feeling or idea. If something happened, why did it happen? How did it happen? Could some natural explanation account for it? Can we duplicate it again under the same conditions? And yes, a debunker also looks for hoaxes.

    Debunking as applied here involves the analysis of evidence. Most commonly in the paranormal field this comes in the form of photos, audio, or taking measurements of the environment. In the past investigators have also encountered this type of evidence, often submitted by witnesses. The difference was that such evidence was usually obtained as a part of an ongoing investigation. Clients were working with the investigator using certain established protocols. This meant that standards were set, and that the equipment used to collect the evidence was somewhat reliable. Often the client was following explicit instructions from the investigator on how to obtain the evidence. Even then, much of the evidence collected could be debunked as something not paranormal. A small percentage though, could not be dismissed easily; it is this evidence that was worthy of additional study.

    Today it is different. Today we have believers running around taking pictures with phones. They have little or no idea how cameras operate. They take pictures into glaring lights. They use flash which is responsible for many artifacts. And to top it off the phones themselves create issues with pictures. Audio recording is not much better; these same people use low quality voice recorders and pay no attention to their surroundings. They even walk around while recording. As a result numerous sounds get picked up on their recorders. Many also watch all the paranormal TV shows and use these as a basis on how to investigate and what to expect. They assume spirits activate EMF meters because they saw some TV investigator make that claim. And let's not forget all the outright quackery; Ghost Boxes, Broken Radios, etc. that are constantly being touted as the next best ghost detector ever.

    And one more thing we have today is social media. These same people submit all the stuff they captured using all these questionable methods, including a few hoaxes, to an online website. This of course means that the amount of evidence out there today is much greater than ever, but the credibility is practically nonexistant. This leads to the reason why most serious investigators today are considered debunkers by the believers. Since the quality of evidence has deteriorated it stands to reason why more and more will be debunked. One cannot expect more garbage evidence to prove a case. It simply means a greater percentage will be attributed to dust, pareidolia, or wishful thinking on the part of the person submitting it.

    So what is the fix? That is easy, reduce the amount of garbage evidence out there. Learn how to investigate, obtain quality equipment, and know how to use it properly. Question everything, assume nothing is paranormal until every other possible explanation is ruled out. Learn how preconceptions can influence your thought processes. Use the principle of Occam's Razor (The simplest answer is probably the correct one.) when reviewing your evidence. Apply these steps and you will find the amount of evidence you collect will drop substantially. That's right, DROP. But the quality and validity will increase which means there is much lower probability your evidence will be easily debunked. And just like a debunker you will be on your way toward finding real answers instead of a lot of unproven beliefs.

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