Years ago, as a graduate student studying earthquakes, I developed an interesting hypothesis that connected earthquakes with perceived ghostly experiences (you can read more about that here, and you should because it’s a fun idea). I started to turn that idea into an unofficial research project that I hoped would give me the opportunity to do two things:
- I wanted to see if there really was a connection between earthquakes and ghostly encounters people were having.
- I wanted to use the paranormal as an opportunity to introduce people to real science, and I wanted to better clarify the limits of what we could understand with real science. I wanted to be a bridge between science and the paranormal.
I didn’t know how to get funding for the project, so I started it as a labor of love. It actually started to take off, when a couple of things happened. First, the site that had taken me so long to build got hacked. I fixed it, and then it got hacked again. Second, I got a job with “real” scientists. I use the quotes because I’d previously been working with real scientists — I’d been a real scientist — but these were the kind of scientists who worked at MIT, Harvard, Stanford, Cambridge, etc. They were the kind of scientists who won Nobel prizes. The kind of scientists who wrote bestselling books, who were revered by their communities, and who had a tendency of dismissing anyone who didn’t also have a PhD (me). They certainly weren’t the kind of scientists who dabbled in the paranormal (few are), even if for the higher good of improved science communication.
At the time, I also revered them. I was terrified what they might think if they ever made the connection between me and the work I’d been doing with ghost hunters.
And so, with my site repeatedly hacked, and a new job that seemed dependent on me fitting a very specific, scientific mold, ScienceGhost was abandoned. Abandoned, but not forgotten.
I kept the URL. There was clearly a part of me that always hoped I would come back to this. It’s who I am. I love the mysteries of the world. I want to be that bridge between what we understand fairly well and what still falls into the category of the unknown. I want to help non-scientists understand how science works, and I want to help scientists recognize the limitations of their work.
Long covid was the wake-up call I needed. Recovering from that illness and all of my other chronic conditions took place far outside the realm of current scientific and medical dogma. I want to use this site to provide information for others who are desperate to be healthy, and who haven’t found sufficient help from either western or alternative medical models. I am now in awe of how the human body works, in awe of how my human body works. There’s so much we don’t understand, and I suspect many of our basic assumptions about health and biology may not be right. And so I also want to use this site to question everything we think we know about health and well being.
I feel like I’ve been hiding under a sheet for decades, but instead of spooking others, it’s me who’s been too spooked to share what I think and feel. This site is also my attempt to drop the sheet and let people see the real me.