Unfortunately, a rather well-known and prominent paranormal investigator has been accused of fabricating his academic credentials; he was outed by what is probably a debunker, rather than someone in the paranormal field. I don't know the details, and as far as I know, outside of the debunker, no one has independently verified the information, but [ ] has so far refused to respond to the allegations and has in fact dropped out of the paranormal "field" (if it can be labeled as such).
This is significant, because anyone who self-associates with the paranormal field stands totally on his credibility; there are no outside institutions to validate, vouch for, or otherwise credit an investigator's paranormalibility. (I won't even mention "peer review," since, as another prominent paranormal investigator has asked, "Who are my peers" in the paranormal field? Does this make him peerless, like the faucets?) So if you lie about something so basic as your education, we pretty have to throw out every thing you have written, said, or opined on the subject.
Speaking of the "paranormal," as I was driving home this afternoon and listening to my usual assortment of podcasts, the issue came up, inevitably, about whether paranormal phenomena such as hauntings, "aliens," or whatnot are "evil." Are aliens evil? Is the UFO phenomenon evil? What about malicious hauntings? Psychic attacks? Energy vampires?
Speaking personally, I will say that if you turn your attention to certain aspects of the paranormal, you will definitely feel a pronounced negative vibe that seems to be not-of-this-earth. It's difficult to articulate, but it is there, and, I suspect, it's "real." For this reason, I really don't interest myself in most paranormal topics. There is a level of the phenomenon that is definitely tricksterish at best, and if you dabble in it, you run the risk of messing up your life. Why, how, and by what mechanism, I don't know. The stuff that I'm interested in probably is more defined as classic mysticism, which, to the outsider, might seem to be paranormal, but really isn't. Paranormal phenomena are, by definition, events that intrude into the physical that don't conform to the known rules and expectations of the physical world. I define mysticism, on the other hand, as an inquiry into the non-physical realm, which most of us believe exists and has an influence on our physical lives.
Plus, I've discovered that practicing the Masonic ritual--which is not very different from esoteric rituals practiced by different societies through the millennia--has a very grounding effect. So I don't have any fear in my investigations, and I have less and less fear in my physical life.