AMERICAN GHOST SOCIETY'S MISSION STATEMENT
Taken from "Introduction Booklet For New Members"
copyright 2001 by Troy & Amy Taylor, All Rights Reserved
CAIPRS supports the following AGS Mission Statement
The American Ghost Society is different than other ghost hunting groups because we are a tangible society and network of ghost hunters across the country and North America. We are not just an internet mailing list, but a real group with active members. We also have a different approach to ghost research than many groups in that we tackle it in a non-metaphysical manner. By this I mean that we are not looking for psychic impressions but real and solid evidence of the existence of ghosts. We are also extremely careful about our presentation of such evidence ... making sure that our findings are legitimate, researched and analyzed before being presented to the general public. We are often criticized for being too cautious ... but we believe it is better to be too careful than to make the foolish mistakes which can destroy the credibility of the group, in much the way that other ghost research groups have fallen in the past. We also do not claim to be "experts" in the paranormal. In fact, there is no such thing as an "expert" in this field, no matter what someone may say or who may claim to be the one.
One of the goals of our group is to bring credibility to the field of paranormal research. In the past, those who were seen by the general public as representatives of ghost hunting groups were often seen and perceived as "flakes" or "weirdos". We are trying to destroy that image and bring a new image to the public ... an image of competent researchers and everyday people in search of the unknown. There is no doubt that the plausibility of paranormal research is rebounding with the population at large and they are starting to see some of the past researchers for what they really are ... the dwindling few and not the representatives of ghost hunters everywhere.
What we want to do is to make a concerted effort to display the best evidence and information that we can. Just remember, AGS members are always open to an exchange of ideas and we do not believe that one person is any more correct than another. To paraphrase the writer Voltaire, "I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend with my life your right to say it." This is one of the cornerstones of the AGS ... there is no right or wrong here because we just do not have the proper amount of information to judge. Do you have to believe in ghosts to join our group? We invite both the skeptic and the believer into our ranks and only ask for equal dedication from both. One of the cardinal rules of investigation for the AGS is to first try and prove that a place is not haunted. In the words of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle ... "Eliminate the impossible and whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth." In this case, we must first rule out the natural possibilities and then see if a ghost remains!
Remember this: our quest for evidence is not for the delight of the believer, but for the non-believer. If we can present them with something they cannot explain, we may not sway them over to our way of thinking, but perhaps we can cause them to consider the possibilities. This, in turn, brings all of us a little closer to the truth.
Troy Taylor, President - American Ghost Society
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