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Investigation Standards to be set in the UK
#1
I have said regulation will never work with so many people that haven't a clue what they are doing. But if this is true its the first giant step in the right direction. In the UK ASSAP reportedly has been recognized as a governing body. Having recently being exposed to more and more garbage evidence this could help.
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#2
This IS a big step, if it is really going to happen the way it says in the article. I will read it further when I am not so rushed. I do see where the focus is more on ethical behavior and self-regulation, rather than education. I do think the education is important to make the field progress, but this is at least a start. I will look forward to seeing how this plays out...and if it makes a difference.
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#3
There needs to be some standards in place, especially in investigations where other people's money is involved.

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— St. Thomas Aquinas

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#4
Most investigating teams don't charge for investigations. Even ones whose methods I don't agree with usually contend that charging for this type of thing isn't right. But there is really nothing in place that says what ethics should be practiced. That's where I feel ASSAP has made a good move here and it's nice to see a step forward after so many steps back. I just hope it really follows through.
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(09-16-2011, 08:12 AM)scarygirl67 Wrote: Most investigating teams don't charge for investigations. Even ones whose methods I don't agree with usually contend that charging for this type of thing isn't right. But there is really nothing in place that says what ethics should be practiced. That's where I feel ASSAP has made a good move here and it's nice to see a step forward after so many steps back. I just hope it really follows through.

I wasn't really thinking of the investigation teams charging the people making the claims. Don't some teams have financial donations from people interested in the paranormal? I don't know much about it.

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— St. Thomas Aquinas

"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."
— Aristotle
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#6
Some teams accept donations, especially with stuff like travel expenses if there is much travel involved, and no one has a problem with that. "Haunted" locations will have ghost tours that cost, and many of them have teams that are validating the experiences people say they have had there. And of course, teams will have fundraisers (usually non-paranormal related) to raise money. But the thing is, with no real standards in place, it is up to each individual team...and there are some who do charge. Or they will say the investigation is free but the cleansing costs money. Or the psychic they bring in to say who is haunting the house charges money. And to play the cynic for a minute...they could say anything they wanted whether the house was actually haunted or not. Bogus photos that can be explained can (and are) passed off as haunted. Some "ghost" tours are even offering "guaranteed ghost photos" and hawk orbs and bugs as spirits. And those ghost tours cost money.

The point is, most teams operate under the policy of no charge..but there is nothing that really makes them do this. Some type of governing body would actually put some standards in place, but the problem has always been (and likely to one degree or another always will be) finding common ground in the paranormal community. Very few things can be agreed on. This group out of the UK is one that has been around for a long time and many in the community respect them. It is a step that I hope will lead to better standards.
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