When doing paranormal investigations, reading about the occult and other weird stuff, it is important that the information you spread is as accurate as possible. In the world of internet it is super hard to know by a glance what is and isn’t real. But thankfully the truth is most often just a couple of clicks away. So this is some of our favorite fact checking and inspirational sources when reading about the paranormal.
1. Paranormal database
I love this one, as it have this great calendar, marking the exact dates of hauntings in Great Britain. If you are looking for stuff elsewhere in the world, shame. Perhaps one day they will expand their project.. And I remembered when they first started and it was sort of, nothing. But look at it now!
“The Paranormal Database is a serious ongoing project to quantitatively document as many locations with paranormal / cryptozoological interest as possible, region by region, in England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and the Channel Islands. One hundred and three areas are currently covered, now totaling over 12,500 entries, with frequent additions and current stories continuously updated. This is not a ‘paranormal tourism’ site – many of these places are private, and as such, the owner’s privacy should be considered paramount.”
2. Skeptical Inquirer
I love people doing their utmost to research. In the paranormal field, there are a lot of crazy claims. And although it’s important to not shut down anything out of the ordinary, it it almost more important to use common sense and critical thinking. This is were Skeptical Inquirer comes in.
“The mission of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry is to promote scientific inquiry, critical investigation, and the use of reason in examining controversial and extraordinary claims.”
Is a meme claiming something? Is a crazy story going about in forums? As long as the internet exist, Snopes should exist. So before reposting something that is too insane to be true, head over to Snopes to check their fact checking for just that.
“When misinformation obscures the truth and readers don’t know what to trust, Snopes.com’s fact checking and original, investigative reporting lights the way to evidence-based and contextualized analysis. We always document our sources so readers are empowered to do independent research and make up their own minds.”
4. Atlas Obscura
Another passion of mine is travelling! And Atlas Obscura was like the stars aligning. They are gathering the weirdest stuff on the planet and puts it in a travel book, genius. A lot of places they write about are either allegedly haunted or otherwise paranormal sites.
“We are a global community of explorers, who have together created a comprehensive database of the world’s most wondrous places and foods —21,193 of them contributed by our community so far, and more every day, from a secret apartment atop the Eiffel Tower to bridges built out of living roots, from a temple shaped like a chicken to an island ruled by cats, from a fruit that tastes like chocolate pudding to a spicy chutney made out of red ants.”
5. Alchemy Website
When doing research, people are always referencing other people. Especially in the paranormal and occult field there are many references to alchemy, esoteric and other occult text. Therefore it is nice to turn to a site, curated by an academic researcher to read the first hand sources.
“The creator of the alchemy web site, Adam McLean, is a well known authority on and enthusiast for alchemical texts and symbolism, the editor and publisher of over 40 books on alchemical and Hermetic ideas.”
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