Category: Young People Science

Why Can’t We Connect With Ghost Consistently?

By guest writer Kevin Spindloe,

Looking at the historical tales of spirits, ghosts, poltergeist, and other dimensional beings which have been reported so consistently, why is it that we are unable to truly connect with them? There are so many reports of these instances, and they are supported, quite enthusiastically,  by those who witnessed the phenomena. But, whenever those with an interest in such matters, be it scientific or otherwise, try to connect, the phenomena rarely repeats itself.

Kevin is an experienced Medium working in paranormal teams. He has been involved with spirit for most of his life with a strong interest in the paranormal.

Visiting a location like East Drive in Pontefract, UK, armed with the knowledge and stories of previous investigations and the belief that all that goes on in this empty semi-detached house is paranormal, is a dangerous precedent to a serious paranormal investigator. One noise, one creaky floorboard, settling can spark for a series of over-reactions and reinstate the belief that this really is a paranormal hot spot.

How to approach this search into the inter-dimensional realms?

During a recent conversation with Maria Anna van Driel the discussion took a twist, and the question was asked, “how does spirit communicate with us?” A simple enough question, if all spirits are equal in existence and we all speak the same language. But what if they are not? What if we do not speak their language? Than what?

It is egotistical or naïve of us to assume that spirits talk to us as we talk amongst ourselves? My conversation with Maria turned to birds, very strange, but bear with me.

To some people birds are just birds, like as ghost are just ghosts. However, in another area of my life I am a Tour Guide for people who enjoy bird-watching across Europe, so, I may say that I possess the needed knowledge within the study of Ornithology.

Birds belong to Orders, Families, Genus and then Species and Carrion Crow which can communicate with other crows, but they are not able to communicate with a songbird. Birds communicate with families, but not to a different genus or species. There is generally no overlap. Yes, birds will react to behaviours or alarms from other bird families, but it is not genuine communication.

Let’s flip this back and ask the question again, how does spirit communicate with us? Are we actually assuming that they can hear us? Can they understand us? Do they ‘know’ what investigators mean when they say, “speak into this black box” or “approach the green light, so we know you are here”.

Yes, there is the argument that spirits can read your mind regardless the language you grew up with. But this hasn’t been proven yet as definitive, and therefore is considered to be another assumption on the part of some investigators.

What if they can only communicate one way, like the crow?

As dimensional researchers we visit haunted locations while using the same equipment time and time again. We use the same processes and align ourselves to our chosen theory. And when the results are poor, we blame the spirits for not being active and try to explain that it is an issue with the other dimensions and not us or our methodology.

Being an investigator for Paranormal Research York, UK, I use a range of traditional tools such as pendulums, spirit boards as well as modern day meters, recorders and photo and film cameras. During my quest for answers I, myself, have found that a spirit may connect with leaving behind an electronic message, aka EVP, on a recorder but will not repeat the message, or words, on any other device. Why is that?  Is it possible that they prefer communication tools that match their vibrations and cannot or, will not communicate any other way?

As Maria has mentioned in some of her articles about Euclidean Space, ‘there is an argument for spirits or inter-dimensional beings to communicate using math. Poltergeist stacking chairs or the sudden appearance of sophisticated crop circles.’ Personally, I have never tried to communicate in math, but maybe it is time to do so.

Maybe the key is to try several communication devices and select the one that works at that time and, on that particular location. And, instead of asking “are you a man?” or “did you die here?”, we could ask questions aiming in the direction of, “why does this communication device work for you?” and “can you use more than one device to communicate?”

Another idea for establishing a clear communication could touch the train of thought of us using mathematical equations or diagrams. Although, I believe my attempt on the latter would be equivalent to a cave drawing from a prehistoric hunter capturing his proud moment, simplistic but hopefully it would carry a message.

Asking spirits, or inter-dimensional beings, to give a consistent message on more than one tool or device could show that the investigator is broadening the search for better communication. Even though there is no guarantee if an action as such would be allowed by the inter-dimensional police, but if it were, it would make investigations much more interesting.

Maybe then we can start to unravel the ‘communication issue’ and focus our attention on one spirit to gain a greater understanding of how they can or, even better, how they prefer to communicate with us. Moreover, by figuring out how a communication as such is working, depending on how much they will reveal, we might see the opportunity to dig deeper into their ‘world’ and understand much more. A clear communication as such could provide us, during our events, to connect with a particular spirit in that specific place and achieve some amazing results.

During our public events this might be difficult to approach until we gather some credible evidence that isn’t a waste of valuable event time. Regardless, we must remember that our guests have paid to be part of a ‘traditional’ investigation and not a controlled experiment. So, this would be a slow but, hopefully, a progressive side of our events.

And maybe, just maybe, I will be able to speak to the crows.

Science is Boring, Creativity is Stupid!…uh-whaaauh? (part I)

The brain is a Wi-Fi system for ideas.

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Let’s briefly discuss an issue most pressing and urgent and that is the so-called open science movement which is vile and will inevitably lead to a more educated nation, country and world. I know it is a horrible thing!

What is this open science movement you ask.  Allow me to explain… it is a movement happening within the science community what is aiming its arrows on making data resources and information freely available to anyone who can read.  But not only that,  it is a movement wherein researchers are encouraged to make their data publicly available to young people and other researchers. What?! Why would anyone want to do that?

It also means full transparency as you are reporting your results which means that if you began with one hypothesis and suddenly found that it was not supported but instead found another hypothesis that was supported, you are supposed to tell people that your first hypothesis failed. Can you believe it? What has the world come to?

Okay, okay, enough silly sarcasm. But let’s be honest, too many scientists, mentors, are still doing their work in ‘tunnels’ so to speak. But by becoming more transparent – open it up for everybody to read – young people can see what you as a scientist are doing and which awe-inspiring theories and thoughts you have what they can apply to their upcoming thesis’s.

Using an open access journal also means that young people can both learn from you and respond to the scientific research published what in turn is keeping their fiery curiosity alive and can even accelerate a scientific evolution.

Is that not the main reason why you became a professor, or mentor, in the first place…to teach?

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Sleep Disorders and the Paranormal; Is There a Scientific Connection?

An interview with Clinical Psychologist Dr. Brian Sharpless.

“The ghost in the machine”, many people have heard this term at least one time in their life. It was a paper which was written by Coventry University lecturer Vic Tandy and published in April 1998 by the Journal of the Society for Psychical Research.

Working alone in the lab one night, Tandy suddenly gained the feeling he was being watched. He claimed a dark, shadowy figure appeared in the corner of his vision. When Tandy turned to face this shadowy figure…it vanished.

Listen to the interview of Dr. Brian Sharpless via You Tube (see below) or, click the ‘PLAY-button’ in ‘THE NEXT TRUTH…ONLINE RADIO’ on the right and listen to his Podcast via the TNT website.

To many, these shadowy figures are better known as the Shadow People.

They are being skests as a malevolent and creepy phenomenon and have being reported by witnesses as human-like shaped dark shadows having ill intentions standing alongside your bed…watching you.   

Even these eerie phenomena’s have being reported for decades, it is not your mind simply playing tricks on you.  There might be a more simpler and scientific explanation for things like ghosts, demonic hauntings and…shadow people.

I am your host Maria Anna van Driel… and you’re listening to “The Next Truth; Where Science and Myth Meet”,   and this week I am speaking with clinical psychologist, Dr. Brian Sharpless about  the most creepiest sleep disorders, what treatments are there and…how deeply these disorders are woven into the paranormal.

Are those things you see in the darkness more than just a shadow?


Jack the Ripper; A Man or A Myth?

An interview with Retired British Murder Squad Detective Trevor Marriott.

In the autumn of 1888 a series of brutal murders in the East End of London lit a flame that sent shockwaves reverberating around the civilized world and caused a scandal that struck right at the heart of the British establishment.

Listen to the interview of Mr. T. Marriott via You Tube (see below) or, click the ‘PLAY-button’ in ‘THE NEXT TRUTH…ONLINE RADIO’ on the right and listen to his Podcast via the TNT website.

During the 1880s, the city of London was in parts a dirty, rotten, festering maze of slums replete with wandering gin addicts and foul-mouthed harlots and was experiencing a population explosion, with immigrants from around the world coming to the great city to find work. 

But it wasn’t exactly the land of hope and glory for everybody, and some of the streets in the poorer East end of the city were a long way from being a yellow brick road.

This is where our man Jack the Ripper chose to ply his trade.

I am your host Maria Anna van Driel and you’re listening to “The Next Truth; Where Science and Myth Meet”.  This week I am speaking with retired British murder squad detective Trevor Marriott about what drove this serial killer nabbing mostly working girls from the streets and brutally killing them in 1888 and… did he figured out this mystery of who Jack the Ripper was?


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I Was Very Curious to Meet “Him”

Attorney of Law Ms. Karen Conti Weighs In on Her Experience With Serial Killer John Wayne Gacy.

Listen to the interview of Prof. Karen Conti via You Tube (see below) or, click the ‘PLAY-button’ in ‘THE NEXT TRUTH…ONLINE RADIO’ on the right and listen to her Podcast via the TNT website.

Clowns, they were once figures of innocent fun, brightly colored jesters performing to laughing children – but the real-life story of killer clown John Wayne Gacy is more disturbing than anything you will see in cinemas.

John Wayne Gacy, aka Pogo the Clown, was one of the most sadistic serial killers in the 1970s.  No one could suspect that beneath the colorful makeup a cruel and pitiless murderer was lurking who was luring his young victims back to his home in Norwood Park, Illinois.  … killing at least 33 young men and boys.

It was in March of this year that I became tremendously curious to this horrifying case when I encountered Ms. Conti’s story about how she had served as one of John Gacy’s last attorneys as he fought to overturn his pending death sentence that has now become part of America’s true crime hall of fame.

Not only does Ms. Conti know what it is like to look the killer clown in the eye, she is a dynamic and influential attorney in the local and national legal community and has handled of numerous high-profile cases.

I am your host Maria Anna van Driel and you’re listening to “The Next Truth; Where Science and Myth Meet”. This week I am speaking with Ms. Karen Conti about how the story of a young lawyer, whose client turned out to be a sadistic serial killer wearing a painted smile, begins. 


“I had 6 wonderful years at Indiana University doing research as a graduate student, and I didn’t want to graduate.”

By Maria Anna van Driel,

Can’t you keep your eyes off those twinkling stars that shine so brightly in the night sky? Are you that glued to your telescope that they have to surgically remove you from it? If so, then the astronomy bug has bite you and directed you towards a scientific career in astronomy.

“Children are natural explorers”, Dr. Kafka explains in an interview with The Next Truth. They naturally follow the scientific method of theorizing, experimenting, revising their theories and, experimenting again and come up with a conclusion. Being an explorer seems to be part of who we naturally are.”

Executive Officer & CEO at American Association of Variable Star Observation (AAVSO), STEM promoter and Astronomer, Dr. Stella Kafka: “I would like to see more woman in astronomy but at the same time, more diverse voices within this field. Because this way we can learn better from each other in a respectable and non-hostile environment.”

So, do you like to build things? Make things work? Write computer programs? Solve equations? “Boldly go where no-one has gone before”?

Well, there are astronomers who do all different things like these while asking the questions, ‘what are the building blocks?’, ‘what are the processes?’ and “what is our place in the universe?” Where do you want to look next?

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Women in Astronomy: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going!

An interview with Executive Officer & CEO at AAVSO and Astronomer, Dr. Stella Kafka.

Listen to the interview of Dr. Stella Kafka via You Tube (see below) or, click the ‘PLAY-button’ in ‘THE NEXT TRUTH…ONLINE RADIO’ on the right and listen to her Podcast via the TNT website.

Can’t you keep your eyes off those twinkling stars that shine so brightly in the night sky? Have you read all those books that take you on an incredibly and cool journey through the universe?

Does your bedroom look like a direct copy of our cosmic freezer and, are you that glued to your telescope that they have to surgically remove you from it?

If so, then you were most likely born to have a scientific career in astronomy.

Astronomy, needless to say that this is the scientific study of celestial objects such as stars, planets, comets, and galaxies and, phenomena that originate outside the Earth’s atmosphere such as the cosmic background radiation.

Historically, astronomy has included disciplines as diverse as astrometry, celestial navigation, observational astronomy, the making of calendars, and even, at one time, astrology. But, did you know that, since the 20th century, the field of professional astronomy has split into observational and theoretical branches?

I am your host Maria Anna van Driel and you’re listening to “The Next Truth; Where Science and Myth Meet”. This week I am speaking with Executive Officer & CEO at AAVSO, STEM promoter and Astronomer, Dr. Stella Kafka, and discus with her the fascinating science of Astronomy and, the importance and influence of female scientists.


Can we Locate the Source of a Mysterious and Blood Curdling Noise called, The HUM

An interview with ethnographic researcher and HUM expert, Dr. Glen MacPherson.

Listen to the interview of Dr. MacPherson via You Tube (see below) or, click the ‘PLAY-button’ in ‘THE NEXT TRUTH…ONLINE RADIO’ on the right and listen to his Podcast via the TNT website.

Do you ever hear a noise, not a bump in the night but, a mysterious, constant and very low frequency noise? If so, you may be one of an estimated 2% of the global population that can hear “The Hum”.

These strange noises, reported by many, can become that loud for your ears to pick it up as an odd ringing sound. Second, is nauseating.  And thirdly, if it is really bad, it actually feels like your brain is being squeezed.

The Hum is the name given to an ominous and very mysterious deep-rumbling noise that can reportedly be heard by thousands of individuals across the globe.

The Hum, a very low-pitched rumbling sound, kind of like a diesel-engine truck idling in the distance, does not appear to be a single phenomenon. Different causes have been attributed, including local mechanical sources, often from industrial plants, as well as manifestations of tinnitus or other biological auditory effects.

But no matter how hard people search, no one has been able to locate the source of the sound, and it sounds like it’s coming from all directions equally.

I am your host Maria Anna van Driel and you’re listening to “The Next Truth; Where Science and Myth Meet”. This week I am speaking with ethnographic researcher, and high school teacher of physics, mathematics, psychology, general science, and biology, Dr. Glen MacPherson and discus with him what might be the source of one of the most mysterious and blood curdling noises people have heard in their lives…The HUM.


What Turns Your Hamburger Into…Poop?!

An interview with practicing Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist, Dr. Sameer Islam who was standing outside of his practice at the moment The Next Truth interviewed him.

Listen to Dr. Sameer Islam’s interview via You Tube (see below) or, click the ‘PLAY-button’ in ‘THE NEXT TRUTH…ONLINE RADIO’ on the right and listen to his Podcast via the TNT website.

Ridiculous as it might sound to some of you but, ‘poop’ has a history too.  No, not this brown smelly stuff that you find after visiting the bathroom but the word itself.   

According to Eric Partridge in his excellent book of word origins (Origins: A Short Etymological Dictionary of Modern English), “poop” comes from the Middle English word “poupen” or “popen”, and it originally meant “fart.” The word was based on the sound of a fart.

But what is it that makes us poop and fart this often? Why does it sometimes smell that bad and others times it seems as if it does not have a smell at all?   And, how does the steak on our plate or the drinks we drink, being turned into this brown smelly stuff we call ‘poop’?

By the way, did you know that whale poop is used by microorganisms to photosynthesize and produce oxygen?

I am your host Maria Anna van Driel and you’re listening to “The Next Truth; Where Science and Myth Meet” and this week I am speaking with practicing gastroenterologist and hepatologist, Dr. Sameer Islam and take with him an astonishing journey through the sewers of the human body, our intestinal system.   And see if we can answer this question, which valuable information does our poop hold about our health?