Thursday, 26 February 2015

Anomaly site investigation team?

Crows in a treeSuppose you were unfortunate enough to be present at a crime scene, what would you do? You'd phone the police, obviously. And you'd be careful not to touch anything. Why? Because we've all seen the TV detective shows and know it is important to preserve the crime scene intact. Oddly enough, on those same shows the first person to arrive on the scene often does move things about!

Now, suppose you saw something anomalous, like a ghost, what would you do? It could be anything - go home, phone a mate, sit down, whatever. That's because there is no anomaly site investigation team ready and waiting to take your call. Which is a pity because many currently unresolved anomaly cases could probably be explained if there had been such as team.

A major problem with anomaly cases is that they are not reported to anyone who could investigate them for quite a while. During that time gap two important things are likely to happen that make investigation much more difficult.

Firstly, witnesses will recall their extraordinary experiences and share them. Every time a memory is recalled it can be changed and any alterations then become part of the 'true' memory. One likely source of such memory alteration may be the attitude of others who the witness may discuss their experiences with.

Secondly, the site of an anomaly experience will change over time. This is particularly important when misperception is the cause of an anomalous experience, as it is with a lot of cases. With misperception there is an object, or sometimes a pattern of shadows, to be misperceived. Such objects may be moved before investigators get to the scene. Also, lighting conditions change throughout the year and with the weather. Lighting conditions are crucial to misperception. So turning up to examine the scene weeks later, at a different time of day and in different weather, means that the source of a misperception is highly likely to be missed. Ideally, investigators need to arrive on the scene within minutes (!) of the original incident being witnessed when conditions will have altered little. Regular readers of this blog will know that I investigate my own odd sightings at the time of the incident, usually with good results.

Unfortunately, the idea of a network of anomaly site investigation teams, ready to get to any report location and witness within minutes is completely impractical. It may not always be so. Maybe one day we could maintain a team of robots ready to go and investigate at a moments notice. Or maybe not! In the meantime, it is worth bearing in mind that currently impressive-sounding anomaly reports might actually be easy to explain, if only they'd been investigated promptly.

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