Friday, June 12, 2015

Sleep Paralysis - The Truth Behind the Terror

Has this ever happened to you?

One moment you're sound asleep. The next moment you're wide awake. You try to move but you can't. You're aware of pressure on your body, as if someone is sitting on your chest. You try to open your mouth and scream, but you are paralyzed. You feel and hear something breathing in your ear, and you're convinced this is not a hallucination. 

Welcome to the mysterious phenomenon known as Sleep Paralysis: an overlap between our REM and waking stages of sleep. In this fascinating video from TED-ed, Ami Angelowicz describes the science behind this terrifying anomalous state of consciousness.




Friday, May 22, 2015

An Evening with PPI at the Creole Cafe

Pacific Paranormal Investigations was honored to host a group EVP vigil at the New Orleans Creole Cafe in Old Town, San Diego on Thursday May 21, 2015. This special event was hosted by our friends at San Diego Ghost and Paranormal Group (SDGAP), the largest paranormal meetup group in California.

PPI investigators Brian Miller, Tim Mountain and Debra Page reviewed basic procedures and protocols for EVP vigils, and the participants suggested new approaches to conducting EVP vigils in group settings.

"The evening was a great success," Brian Miller said. "We always have a great time working with our friends and colleagues from SDGAP, and we look forward to working with them again soon."

Friday, March 20, 2015

Seeing Ain't Believing: Visual Anomalies & Misperception

One of the most inherently unreliable claims of paranormal activity are eye witness reports. The disciplines of Science and Medicine have helped us understand that "seeing" isn't necessarily "believing". There are many different biological factors related to vision that present day paranormal investigators should be aware of before going out in the field, because they can be misinterpreted as paranormal experiences when, in fact, they are not. The following video from TED-ed explains a couple of the most common ones. Enjoy! 


Friday, February 13, 2015

Inventory of the Invisible: How Much Do We Really Know About the Physical World?

Our understanding of physical reality is based primarily on visual verification, so it is very humbling from a scientific standpoint to think about the many things we aren't able to see, and therefore, don't really understand. This video from TED-ed  is especially enlightening when applied to the study of paranormal phenomenon. Enjoy!



Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year from your Friends at PPI!

Tonight is New Year's Eve, and as we gather with friends and family to celebrate the opportunities that await us in the coming year, we feel compelled to engage in the time-honored tradition of making "New Year's Resolutions". Our New Year's resolution for 2015 as a skeptical inquiry group is to increase our education and public outreach efforts through various types of media, including presentations, podcasts, educational videos and research papers. We will continue working with other like-minded paranormal research groups, and we're planning a couple of field trips to some haunted locations just for fun.   

We begin the New Year eternally grateful for the participation of our friends and colleagues on the PPI Forum, and we look forward to continuing our conversations there. If you're currently not a member, please take a moment register and strike up a conversation with us. There's always a PPI member there willing to talk about anything and everything paranormal. 

Happy New Year to you and yours! May 2015 bring you all peace, happiness and enlightenment!



Friday, October 10, 2014

PPI Presents: October 28, 2014


Join investigators from Pacific Paranormal Investigations for an enlightening presentation on the science behind 21st century paranormal investigations. See and hear evidence from our most recent cases while you learn about the tools used to gather data in alleged haunted locations, learn the importance of applying critical thinking skills to properly analyze data, and discover how to use the public library resources and others to conduct paranormal research.


When: Tuesday October 28, 2014
Where: Lemon Grove Public Library - 3001 School Lane, Lemon Grove, CA 91945
Time: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Free admission!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

PPI Presents: October 8, 2014


Join investigators from Pacific Paranormal Investigations for an enlightening presentation on the science behind 21st century paranormal investigations. See and hear evidence from our most recent cases while you learn about the tools used to gather data in alleged haunted locations, learn the importance of applying critical thinking skills to properly analyze data, and discover how to use the public library resources and others to conduct paranormal research.


When: Wednesday October 8, 2014
Where: San Diego Central Library - 330 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101
Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Free admission!