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Paranormal research is the examination of phenomena that cannot be explained through normal scientific explanation. It is an investigation into claimed occurrences of events such as psychokinesis, extrasensory perception or other purportedly supernatural phenomena, as well as such things as ghosts, hauntings, cryptozoological beings, UFOs, extraterrestrial visitors, and so on. To many scientists, paranormal research is a misnomer. Approaching paranormal topics from the perspective of a scientific researcher is made difficult by the lack of acceptable physical evidence of the phenomena. By its very nature, the paranormal does not conform to the expectations of nature, a phenomenon cannot be confirmed as paranormal using the scientific method because, if it could be, it would no longer fit the definition. For example, if a paranormal researcher could prove the existence of a ghost using the scientific method, ghosts would no longer fit the definition of the paranormal, and would be reclassified as science. Nevertheless, paranormal investigation is conducted by researchers from various disciplines, including at least thirteen accredited universities. One common approach includes the anecdotal approach, which involves a collection of stories told about the paranormal by people who believe them to be true. When investigators immerse themselves in qualitative research by collecting EMF readings at haunting sites or photos taken by researchers, this is sometimes referred to as the participant-observer approach. Another technique is the experimental approach, conducted by parapsychologists, although many scientists consider parapsychology to be a pseudoscience. Skeptical scientific investigations are conducted by researchers who apply the scientific method in the hope of reaching a natural explanation for the phenomenon. Ghost hunters should be listed in the Ghosts Hunters subcategory rather than here, as they specialize in that one aspect of the paranormal.


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