Looking A Gift Ghost In The Mouth: The Science of Poltergeists


When you watch or here about stories on television dealing with extraordinary, real experiences of violent poltergeist activity, where heavy, massive objects are being tossed around like feathers, what is your first reaction?

You probably think it’s the result of an angry spirits or demons, right?


The real question here is:  Why are you not thinking about HOW these incredible events occurred, i.e., what type of energy, power, force was actually causing this reaction within the environment?

When such events are witnessed, something incredible and extraordinary is being demonstrated to us.

We are being shown one of nature’s greatest unsolved mysteries.  A mystery that has the power to dramatically change who and what we are as human beings for the rest of our existence.

Why are we ignoring what’s right in front of our face and burying our heads in the sand?

Why are we not asking HOW, as opposed to who?

The reason is that arrogant and uneducated media and entertainment sources are dominated by a show business ethic and a profit motive and are subtly manipulating our understanding about such occurrences through ridicule, misinformation and disinformation.

The reasons the media so frequently ridicule the paranormal in general deal with some very basic facts.  To begin with, all news programs are distorted, embellished and exaggerated to attract our attention so we’ll watch and the network’s ratings go up.

Remember, they also live or die by ratings just like sitcoms and dramas do on television.  When it comes to the entertainment industry, whether movies or television, is primarily about money and little else.

If the journalists who report the news know that what their reporting is essentially little more than a form of propaganda in order to make more money, why should they trust or believe in what anyone else has to say?

Ever heard the phrase “If it bleeds it leads”?  That’s the essence of news programming, and why the first several stories we see on the news deal with violence, death, destruction and war.  How many of you reading this blog know where the term news actually comes from?  It’s essentially North, East, West and South, NEWS.

Basically, it boils down to this.   If we’re the news and we’re nothing more than a pack of lies to make money off of gullible audiences who cannot think for themselves, then everyone else must be lying as well?   A double negative for sure.   But this is only the primary reason.

The secondary reason is that the majority of people who regularly appear on television discussing paranormal phenomena are those people who are simply trying to take advantage of our gullibility in order to empty our bank accounts.  These people know as much about what’s really going on in the real paranormal world as they do about nuclear physics.  But these are the people appearing on the glut of paranormal “un-reality” shows.

This is the real power behind why serious parapsychological research is being totally ignored by television.  And speaking of power….therein lies the story behind the headlines.

Every known type of energy on Earth;  electromagnetism, strong & weak nuclear and gravitation, have one thing in common.  When they do “work” in the classical sense such as with F=MA (Force equals Mass times Acceleration), heat is produced as a byproduct due to the second law of thermodynamics, i.e., an exothermic reaction.

However, there is another force out there, one that is not officially acknowledged by mainstream science, that clearly does work but does not generate heat in the process, i.e. it’s endothermic.

This result of this utterly unique force is currently known as psychokinesis (PK), now referred to in the parapsychological community as mind-matter interaction (they’re trying to make it sound much more scientific as we still do not yet understand it) by some parapsychologists.

There appears to be two primary types of PK.  At one end is the microscopic -PK that is somewhat volitional for certain gifted individuals.  The results of this micro-PK have been observed from experiments with random event generators such as the old Schmidt Box or with new computer systems.

Not surprisingly, there appears to be a fatigue factor observed with the manifestation of micro-PK, and the effects are limited to small, extremely low mass objects.

At the other end of the spectrum is the macroscopic-PK, more often referred to as Recurrent Spontaneous Psychokinesis (RSPK), poltergeist activity, wherein massive objects, weighing hundreds of pounds are moved about as if their mass and inertia were suddenly neutralized.

As discussed throughout the first section of my book, Aliens Above, Ghosts Below: Explorations of the Unknown, macroscopic PK is not volitional, does not appear to result in fatigue of the individual at its locus, and is more than capable of tossing massive objects around in a maelstrom without the detriment of thermodynamics.

When you encounter 200+ lb. objects, like Jeff Wheatcraft in the San Pedro case, (chapter three,  “A Hazardous Haunting”) and Doris Bither

Jeff Wheatcraft, almost hung in San Pedro, 9/4/1989

[although well under two hundred pounds] from The Entity Case (chapter two, “The Real Life Entity Case”) in my book, the amount of heat generated by such mechanical “work” should set the people’s clothing as well as everything else in the room on fire long before they start flying around the room.

Look carefully at the second photo here and just try to imagine the energy required to cause this level of visible illumination.  By everything we know, the energy required to produce this level of luminosity, should have set the carpet beneath it on fire immediately.  But that never occurred.  Why?  Cold plasma?

Not only does the room not get hot, it frequently gets cold!  That runs contrary to everything we think we know about energy in the physical universe in which we live.

What on earth is going on here?

I sincerely hope that you have a fondness for things that go bump in the night as well as enigmatic things that fly far overhead, as there is, almost certainly, a most peculiar interrelationship between the two.

In fact, unlocking the mysteries of the paranormal may provide the human race with a method

Visible luminous anomalies, Jackie Hernandez, San Pedro case. Fall, 1989

for superluminal, interstellar travel.  Have you ever heard of Star Trek’s warp drive?  Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the last forty fives years, of course you have.   Trust me, this is not science fiction or fantasy.   This is the stuff of hard, cutting-edge physics.

We could be on the verge of building the starship Enterprise if the powers that be were interested in pursuing this line of research.  And by the powers that be, I’m referring to those folks who supply the human race with power, as in energy;  coal, oil, gas, geothermal, nuclear and hydroelectric.

Don’t count on it though, as it would dramatically change the way we all live our lives on a daily basis.  Fundamental paradigm shifts don’t come easy, if at all.

In what may be one of the most bizarre, synchronistic relationship in paranormal history, the term “poltergeist”, which in German means, noisy spirit, appears to be functionally related to World War II Nazi research headed by SS General Hans Kammler.

They (the Nazis) may have inadvertently stumbled across the scientific secret underlying much of the paranormal; a way to manipulate time and space itself!

Thank god the war ended when it did and the Nazis really didn’t understand what they had discovered as it would have dwarfed nuclear weaponry. For more detailed information on this research read Nick Cook’s book The Hunt For Zero Point and Joseph P. Farrell’s, The SS Brotherhood of the Bell: The Nazis’ Incredible Secret Technology.

Psychical research, morphed into parapsychological research with all it’s concomitant nomenclature,  and finally, paranormal research, which has been around in one form or another, for one hundred and thirty years.

Isn’t there a phrase that goes something like” “All good things come in time?”  After more than one and-a-quarter century, this phrase certainly does not apply to this field of research, as there have been absolutely no breakthroughs.  At least that’s what we’re made to understand and believe.

The proliferation of alleged paranormal reality shows (actually paranormal un-reality shows), combined with the success of numerous books by pseudo-scientific professionals (quacks, to be more precise) in this field, has negatively conditioned the minds of uneducated individuals that there’s nothing more to poltergeists than that of noisy ghosts or angry demons.

Right, and I can fly without a plane!  That’s odd, I seem to have misplaced my boots and cape?  Now exactly where did I put it after I flew home yesterday?

However, the truth of the matter is that there have been considerable advances or borderline discoveries in the scientific understanding of poltergeists, and it unfortunately has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with discarnate intelligence, i.e. spirits or ghosts.

In a nutshell, living human agents (poltergeist agents, to be precise) appear to be at the root of this disturbing manifestation of the paranormal.  However, these agents are very unique and uncommon, and share absolutely nothing in common with agents who represent actors, directors, athletes, or the intelligence community.   Nor do these agents make any money for their fascinating proclivities.

If anything, their lives are turned upside down and inside out to be point where they are shunned by friends and families.  Often, the isolation of such individuals has had devastating consequences on their emotional growth and stability.

Through the broad collection of data over the last forty-four years, numerous parapsychologists, including myself, have stumbled across a most extraordinary correlation between the nervous systems of poltergeists agents and the outbreak of such intense psychokinetic displays.

It was believed by parapsychologists that poltergeists were the by-product of excessive hormonal production during puberty and adolescence.

While there is a body of evidence somewhat supporting this contention, it appears to be only part of the equation.  The evidence suggests that living people are at the core of all these types of paranormal experiences, so much so that the question of discarnate intelligence in this regard may be superfluous for the most part.

While this theory is discussed in detail within my book, it should be emphasized here that we (living human agents) appear to be acting as “biological” operational amplifiers, focal planes and wave guides for this unique type of energy, let’s call it zero point energy (ZPE).

Moreover, individuals with such uniquely dysfunctional nervous systems, that is, seizure prone or epileptic, appear to be hypersensitive to environmental electromagnetic or geomagnetic anomalies. This acute energetic sensitivity causes these special people to more readily absorb, amplify, mediate, re-emit and direct the eventual manifestation of macroscopic RSPK, a.k.a. poltergeist phenomena.

Equally compelling, is the fact that these poltergeist agents seem to be emitting well over one million times the amplitude of their own magnetic field as compared to the average person.

While it’s relatively easy to measure our bioelectric field, the biomagnetic field is much more difficult, requiring the use of superconducting coils or sensors, which are not, as yet, available as hand-held portable devices.

The instruments we take out on field investigations (low-frequency spectrum analyzers), geomagnetometers, magnetometers, air ion counters, etc., are more than capable of measuring environmental forces, both electric and magnetic.  But they are way too insensitive to detect biomagnetic fields for the reason just stated.

While the specific numbers may not seem all that important to most, the normal biomagnetic field is measured in microgausss, that’s millionth’s of a gauss.  Shockingly (excuse the pun), many poltergeist agents’ we’ve measured are emitting will over 5,000 milligauss, that’s five gauss. Do the math.

While the science of neurology already knows that the brainwave activity of epileptics tend to “spike” and “spindle” in ways that normal brains do not, what we’re measuring here is so far beyond the pale that there is no historic precedent to properly evaluate the meaning of this.   Although I suspect that such high amplitude biomagnetic fields is what allows these individual’s nervous systems to inductively couple with their immediate surrounding environment therein triggering and mediating RSPK activity.

However, while most poltergeist agents appear to be seizure prone or epileptic, most seizure prone or people suffering from epilepsy have never experienced any form of psychokinetic activity whatsoever, indicating this is a unilateral equation for the moment.

This strongly indicates that there is a missing or unknown variable here.  Perhaps it is as simple as an individual who has a very low stress threshold or that has as a chemically imbalanced brain that has violent electrical surges resulting in erratic behavior with poor coping mechanism?  Obviously, this matter is yet to be resolved.

What we’re left with here is an example of confluence, wherein there must be several variables working in concert for a given result to occur.  This may help explain why many people visit famous haunted locations throughout the world, but only small fraction of such people actually experience any paranormal phenomena.  Those small percentages most likely represent the statistical amount of people who have these extraordinarily different nervous systems that inductively couple with such environmental energies.

So where does this leave the concept of survival and discarnate intelligence?

Well, it might be that information is simply that.  Meaning that we, and everything around us, is information, which is energy, which is then matter.

Perhaps in the end we’ll discover that there is not only a conservation of energy, but there may also be a conservation of information.

My book, delves into this question at great length, trying to lend some reason and method to the need for unraveling mysteries of the paranormal.

If you wish to learn more about the interrelationships between matter, energy and mind, read my book to start.

You may learn about how parapsychology can one day free us from our earthly confines and allow us to trek to distant star systems.  Who knows, maybe such breakthroughs will forever free us from all forms of conventional power?

One last thought here as we’re dealing with new types of forms of energy.  There is no such thing as “free energy”, that is an extreme misnomer.

Even when we have the breakthrough of discovering how to electro-mechanically tap into/access this endothermic, zero point energy field, someone must build and construct these new power sources or reactors.  While others must distribute and sell them.

Each part of this equation must be paid for by someone.  So even when we have limitless power without heat and pollution, we’re going to pay for it, just as we do with everything else in our world.

While not free in the literal sense, the freedom the human race may achieve through the discovery of this new source of energy, will in essence free us from our dependence on non-renewable energy sources that are slowly destroying the life we presume to be free.

Only time with the necessary dedicated research and development will tell.

If we fail at this task of technologically evolving through such new knowledge, we then have no one to blame but ourselves and the future of all humanity for not making us pay more attention to these matters NOW.






By Dr. Barry Taff

Dr. Barry Taff, who holds a doctorate in psychophysiology with a minor in biomedical engineering, worked as a research associate at UCLAs former parapsychology laboratory from 1969 through 1978. During his 41-year career, Dr. Taff has investigated more than 4,000 cases of ghosts, hauntings, poltergeists, and he has conducted extensive studies in telepathy and precognition which led to the development of the original protocols and methodologies for what was later coined remote-viewing. He is the author of Aliens Above, Ghosts Below.

4 replies on “Looking A Gift Ghost In The Mouth: The Science of Poltergeists”

Great article–I find your article very interesting and informative on endothermic energy. I agree that too little research is being focused on this and may even be dismissed. Also your correlation between poltergeist agents and the “endothermic events” seems to make a lot of sense rather than hauntings from vengeful spirits of the dead.

I’m trying to contact Dr Barry because. I noticed when I am under a great deal of stress paranormal activity around me picks up. I had a plumber over the house that heard it it happened in the other room but it happened because I was under a great deal of stress. It seems to only happen when I am under a great deal of stress. The trouble is I don’t know if it’s coming from me specifically. Or if it’s something around me whether ghost or poltergeist. I’d be interested to know what Dr Barry taff views on that. I can provide him more detail on my circumstances and maybe he can share with me what he thinks

Each case is somewhat different the another, but there are common threads that seem to be pretty common. I suggest you read my book as it discusses what we now know. As my book is not longer in print you’d have to find a used copy on Ebay or Amazon.

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