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Paranormal Technology: Understanding the Science of Ghost Hunting Paperback – August 24, 2010

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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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Product Details

  • 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: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #481,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I really hate this book, Roundtree lost me on the first two chapters covering photography and video by over simplifying how film and cameras work. While I'll give him some props on the audio section the book itself reads into two different ways--the buy this "model" of equipment to do what I do without giving a real explanation as to why and secondly the "I study quantum physics and have to show off to convience the reader that I am more intelligent" self indulgent narrsistic view of the author (that will bore you to death with equations). All of that's after reading just the first seven chapters, the foreward, preface and introduction. I honestly wish I could tolerate reading the rest of the book but after 55 pages of the author droning on, I had to put it down and wound up using it to brace a shaky end table, the only practical use this tome had. If you believe the in Multiple World Interpetation, wormholes and really like physics--you may enjoy the book. If your a paranormal investigator wanting to learn more in how the equipment we use works--just forget it, there are tiny bits and pieces here but this book misses the mark.

The writing style is harsh with it's use of acronyms--most authors would write explaining what it is first, completely written out, before using it. Rather than toss it out there like the reader uses it everyday. This just adds to a fine literay mess further confusing the reader in an already hard to follow book.
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I'm writing this roughly a year after reading the book; my takeaway is that Rountree can yak all day about quantum mechanics and leave one walking away with nothing useful. Maybe he's raising the level of discourse; I dunno.

While the book contains useful information regarding the proper use of equipment, it is a compendium of technical details that left me wondering what he discovered in his pursuit of the visibly challenged. Apparently nothing, as there's no summary of his research results.
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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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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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