ProfWag wrote:I'm sure you feel that the research would be personal interest only, but if you were to take part in research, would you be able to go into it with no preconceptions as to what you would want to find? Do you think others could?
Preconceptions of what I want to find? No problem at all. Let's break it down to the single examples of what has already been established by our TV friends.
EVPs - Sounds or a voice on a digital recorder that was not audible to the human ear at the time of recording. (my definition) During one particular investigation, one of the people surfaced with a full blown intelligent conversation (answers that corresponded to the questions asked) on a digital tape recorder. It was fascinating. Was it good proof? No. Not in my opinion because it wasn't verified that the recorder was blank before the investigation and the findings weren't reported until the next day and the recorder was taken home with the investigator and not left locked up with the other equipment. If in fact this was a factual recording of an intelligent conversation with an unseen entity, it blew chunks that this investigator didn't have the sense to follow a few guidelines so that this could be investigated further.
Photographs - White/black/brown/blue smudges on a digital picture does not make good evidence of a ghost. I can set my camera so that fast moving humans can appear very ghost like and convincing. Same thing with orbs as there can be many explanations of their appearance on digital pics. Now I have seen some pics that defy locical explanation but are not taken in any sort of controlled environment, so as 'proof', not so much.
Personal experiences - These are the most difficult to investigate further as it's usually a fleeting moment and even if witnessed by more than one person at the same time can be disputed by a skeptic until the end of time and the details can vary drastically between two people, let alone more than two.
So to answer your question, I do believe that I can go into an investigation without preconceptions as to what I want to find. I have one particular story where I started off with preconceptions about the group (one person in particluar) and their protocols to find that I may have been WAY off base but can't say beyond a shadow of a doubt that some hanky panky didn't take place.