Ghosthunting – Science or Pseudoscience?
Every fall I teach a course called “Science vs Pseudoscience” that is, by far, my favorite class. It’s a hit with students, who have given me great feedback (samples below).
“Dr. Lack is the best professor in this world”
“Best course taken @ UCO”
“Dr Lack is the shit!”
“Lectures were always fascinating and well‐structured”
“Dr. Lack challenged me to think critically and more openly about certain topics.”
“Changed my way of thinking for the better”
For the past two years, I have challenged my students to stretch outside their comfort zone and, rather than write a paper, had them create documentaries about supposedly paranormal phenomena in Oklahoma. I’ve just uploaded the five latest to YouTube, and will be highlighting some of them over the next couple of weeks.
First up is Ghostbusted! The Scientific Search for Ghost Hunters by Jade Pech Janacek and Ryan Harris. They explore what it takes to be a “ghost hunter” and whether or not the people doing this use actual scientific methods, or use scientific tools in a non-scientific way. Enjoy!