OK, let’s start with the obvious question – what exactly is a “polterwotsit”???
The answer is of course, “no one knows!”
Disappointed? Well, polterwotsits for the purposes of this blog are what other people call ghosts, spirits, poltergeists, hauntings, spooks, or even if you happen to be a fan of the parapsychological literature “Recurrent Spontaneous Psychokinesis” – or RSPK for short. The problem with all those terms is they have too many associations, too many theories implied, and let’s face it they quite possibly tell us no more than the my term “polterwotsit”.
And that is what makes them so interesting! In our world there are few mysteries where the intelligent layperson can make a contribution, and most cutting edge research seems to be done by post-doctoral specialists in white coats. We have just such experts in the form of parapsychologists, but this is one field where we can all make a difference, and our research may actually help solve one of the last great mysteries.
Who is the blog for?
It is aimed at the general public, but there will be no dumbing down here! Hopefully the content will be clearly written, simple and understandable but perhaps at times challenging. It will be of particular interest if you
* have a true “ghost” or “poltergeist” experience to share, and want to talk to people with an interest in such things!
* You think you are being haunted and want advice or pointing in the right direction
* You have an interest in parapsychology with an interest in “spontaneous cases” (as opposed to experimental or laboratory work) – ghosts, hauntings, poltergeists in particular.
* You are actively involved in ghost research, ghost hunting, or paranormal investigation.
* You like to critically examine such things
* You just love a good ghost story!
Who Ya Gonna Call?
If you have a comment on any story just sign in and leave a comment. All comments are moderated to prevent amusing spam, so hopefully you won’t see thousands of offers for a larger manhood or exciting real estate in some swampland.
If however you want to write a piece for us, or you have a case to report, or a ghost story to share, don’t just comment. Instead in the first instance email CJ and we will get right back to you.
We love comments and emails, so please don’t be shy.
How You Can Help!
Over the next few weeks we will be adding a lot of content to the blog: essays on theories of hauntings, poltergeists, reviews, web coverage, news items, etc, etc. We are always interested in hearing from you. If you see something on the web or local press about ghosts or hauntings, drop CJ a line. ( If you can’t get that link to work the address is firstname.lastname@example.org ). Again, if you have a true ghost story you wish to share with the world, do write. I can’t promise we will publish everything, simply because we are very busy, and following up all the email we get as it is takes time, but we will write back!
So, Seriously, Why Polterwotsit?
A long time ago, CJ met a young lady who had a most odd experience. He talked to her about poltergeists, and she in her reply was not exactly sure of the spelling – geist or giest? – so she wrote “polterwotsits”. Today she is CJ’s girlfriend, and doing her Ph.D in parapsychology. Reminds me of the old joke – “I could not spell parapsychologist and now I iz one”! So “polterwotsit” became a running joke, and still makes me smile today.
Anyway welcome to polterwotsit, and hope to hear from you soon!