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David was born on May 22, 1954 in Suffolk Virginia. Since 1976, he has researched paranormal phenomena from a scientific point of view. David is the Director of Scientific Paranormal investigative research Information and Technology, Co-Director of New Jersey Paranormal Resource Group, a professional member of the Rhine Research Center, life member of the New Jersey Ghost Hunter's Society, a member of the Audio Engineering Society, International Frequency Sensor Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. David's primary area of research is the study of Electronic Voice Phenomena, environmental alterations present during a paranormal event, and the search for the source of these alterations. David lives with his wife and son in Hackettstown, NJ.For more information on his research, visit spinvestigations.org

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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (August 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1450253563
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450253567
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,566,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David was born in 1954 in Suffolk, Virginia, but moved to Delray Beach, Florida, in the fall of 1963, where he first became interested in the paranormal. In 1965, his next door next door neighbor, Fred W. Grosstuck, a retired college professor and pattern maker, gave him a book called "Adventures in the Paranormal", essentially a collection of short stories of events from all over the world that were scientifically unexplainable. Fred also introduced him to Fate magazine. He proceeded to read every book about the paranormal he could get his hands on. He participated in the exploration of his first "haunted house" at the age of 17 in Boynton Beach, Florida.

He received his B.S.E.E. in 1973 while serving in the Air Force, in microwave technology. In November of 2007 he received his Masters in Electronic Engineering in Digital Signal Processing. In 1978 he was certified as an audio engineer and in 1985 as an acoustic engineer. David worked in the entertainment industry as a Technical Director, Lighting Designer and Audio Engineer for over twenty years. He retired from the University of Florida in 2001. Currently David is Manager of Public Address Communications Technologies and Director of the Audio Research and Development Lab for the third largest public transportation corporation in the nation. He is currently working on his doctorate in physics.

David is a professional member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Audio Engineering Society, the International Frequency Sensor Association, and is also affiliated with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

David began his research into the paranormal professionally in 1976, and has investigated cases scientifically from Rhode Island to Key West, Florida. David has experimented with both scientific as well as metaphysical techniques in his study of unexplained occurrences. Over the course of his research he was able to confirm EVP was not related to sound by the use of a Bell Jar, a vacuum pump, a Shure dynamic microphone and a TEAC A-4010S Reel to Reel recorder. Due to several encounters of a very negative nature from 1985-87, he made the decision to concentrate on the scientific research concerning the phenomena, and not the metaphysical aspects of the events. In 1992 David formed a new organization, Scientific Paranormal Investigative Research Information and Technology (S.P.I.R.I.T.), and began a long and painstaking process of collecting, building and focusing a battery of hi-tech instrumentation to concentrate on laboratory and field experimentation to search for the cause of paranormal phenomena. By 1998 his focus of research had narrowed to phenomena specific to "Hauntings".

His primary focus since 1998 has been EVP research, employing his background of audio engineering and psychoacoustics. In 2005 David successfully linked electromagnetic fields as the primary source of EVPs. In 2010 he discovered that paranormal related EMF was an emergent phenomenon. He continues to look for answers in science for paranormal phenomena.

David's additional areas of research includes investigating the relationship between free air conductance, magnetic fields, radioactive emissions, electromagnetic fields and other electrical radiation surrounding paranormal phenomena. He is also experimenting with injecting energy into a paranormal event horizon using Tesla Coil technology in order to observe and record the effects. He continues to measure the effects of massive ion bombardment in a paranormal environment. He is developing a device designed to capture and analyze the phenomena referred to as orbs in order to either prove or dismiss their existence. David is also experimenting with a self designed ITC (Interdimensional Trans-Communications) device using electromagnetic field propagation as a medium of cross communication. He is also studying the environmental effects surrounding mediums and psychics when they are active in their work.

David is a Charter Member of the American Paranormal Association, and is currently serving as Co-Chairman of the Board, and Chairman of the APA Science Committee, a contributing member of the APA Technology and Education Committee, the Director of the S.P.I.R.I.T. Laboratory, Co-Director of New Jersey Paranormal Resource Group, Co-Founder of New Jersey Paranormal Investigative Coalition, a professional member of the Rhine Research Center, life member of the New Jersey Ghost Hunter's Society, member of the International Paranormal Investigators, and a member of the International Paranormal Research Association. He is also a consultant for Paranexus Anomalous Research, Inc. He is currently Co-Chairman of the Board of the American Paranormal Association.

David was featured on Comcast Newsmakers in 2006. He has also been a guest on WNTI FM, and WRNJ AM-FM radio in Hackettstown, NJ, as well as a repeat guest on HSTV Channel 23 in Hackettstown on the show "Science on the Edge" hosted by Dr. Karl Hricko. He has made guest appearances on Web Radio programs such as Ecto Radio, The Shadow Hour, Dead Time Radio, Paranexus Anomalous Radio, with Royce Holleman on Paranormal Palace Radio, Paratopia Radio, and recently nationwide on Coast to Coast AM and WOIC AM in Columbia South Carolina. He co-hosts "The Devil's Advocate podcast with Dr. Stephen Rorke and has interviewed such researchers such as Dr. Susan Blackmore and Dr. Michael Persinger. He is available for speaking engagements for a small honorarium. His Book Paranormal Technology: Understanding the science of ghost hunting, hailed as a new paradigm in paranormal research and investigations techniques is available at Amazon.com and wherever fine books are sold online, around the world.

Check out David's Research site at www.spinvestigations.org

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I've followed the author's work and his many appearances on radio and televison. Rountree is to the paranormal what Bohm was to quantum physics. Speaking of which (quantum physics), IS explicated in this book. In fact, Rountree manages to touch upon nearly every meaningful and interesting connection to this field possible. Check out the table of contents! I was one of the first to buy this book, and it is the best book of its kind I own.
This book is the first of its kind, actually. Finally, the elusive connective tissue between the paranormal field as an 'area of interest' and the hard sciences has been developed. This body of work is both a field manual for the practicing investigator and the armchair enthusiast alike.
I found the foundational work in the book an important review for why investigators must follow the Scientific Method, and found the end-of-each-chapter expansions to be like the Master's course content after being taught the sound science of paranormal technology.
When Paranormal Studies is offered in the college/university setting, this will be the textbook. And what a course it will be: Wholly interesting, with a cogent narrative running throughout the work. Rountree's 'voice' comes through in the work: He's direct, exact, and he lets the reader know when he's stating empirical fact, forwarding grounded speculation, or advancing the cause of an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the paranormal.
One-part 'how-to' para-tech field manual, one-part 'why try', this book does not disappoint.
If you're a 'fan' of Ghost Hunters...well this is the real-deal from the most under-rated, innovative field investigator in the paranormal.
Oh, and BTW, he's solved the EVP mystery. Big enough bread crumb? Rountree has empirically determined that EVP isn't audio at all, but rather EMF!
This is from a small indie publisher - I wouldn't wait - who knows when they'll run out.
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If you are a paranormal investigator do yourself and those you serve a big favor and get this book. Every aspect of investigating the paranormal is covered thoroughly. Mr. Rountree guides the reader with ease on a scientific journey. He has one of the greatest minds in this field and generously shares the scientific methods,equipment,results and even his inventions in this extensive text.

Whether you just have interest in the paranormal,want to start a paranormal group,are a seasoned investigator or a rocket scientist then this is the book for you.You will not find the information contained here anywhere else. I have spent countless hours trying to find all the answers to the questions Mr. Rountree covers. This will definitely be your favorite investigative tool.

Many people in this field claim to take the scientific approach. Anyone who watchs TV knows that the science is severlely lacking or absent. Mr.Rountree explains the scientific method and how to use it in your investigations. You will learn what equipment to use,what equipment to stay away from ,and more importantly how to use the equipment properly and how to interpret your results.There is no stone left unturned.

The way it is put together is pure genius. It was defintely written with much thought to who his readers will be. Each chapter starts out covering the basics, and then blends right into more advanced topics,and some end with aspirin taking, migraine causing concepts. When he wants to explore some of these rather mind boggling sections, he understands that not everyone is ready for what is to come and comments with a witty warning to the reader.

I bought this book as soon as it became available and couldn't put it down. I am now reading it a second time and learning new things.
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Independently of the author I came to my own theories with regard to quantum physics, string theory and possible ghost connections withing multiple universes. It was surprising and refreshing to see someone else have almost identical theories. What David Roundtree does well is throw you head long into the extreme scientific theories with regard to the paranormal. He then scales back to a much more easily digestible application for scientific paranormal investigations;(heretofore mentioned as PI).

For paranormal investigations to ever be taken seriously they need to have a level of repeatable observation that sometimes is not shown on television. Too often for the sake of entertainment PI will use unverifiable methods to keep the viewers watching. What Roundtree does in this book is give solid reasoning behind the equipment used, the methodology to make the observations repeatable and the ways to backup your findings with some level of scientific rationale.

My only minor niggle that I would like to mention is that he does at time spend a bit too much time talking of the old days with PI. This is fine though it does give a background credibility to his later assertional remarks. Other than that I have thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is like I found someone at a coffee shop that had exactly the same interests and also they developed theories on their own that were identical to my own.

If you are interested in the paranormal, a paranormal investigator or are looking for ways to discuss contrary ideas with skeptics; this book needs to be in your arsenal. It is not too long and can be read comfortably on a rainy day. Heck take it along with you on your next investigation!

Highly recommended!

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