The Enfield Poltergeist And Skepticism

The Enfield Poltergeist And Skepticism

Here’s a link to each part in the series, followed by a description of some of what’s contained in each part:

What The Enfield Poltergeist Tells Us About Skeptics
(Introduction. Recommended resources. The origins of the poltergeist. How long it lasted.)

The Enfield Poltergeist: General Skepticism (Part 1)
(Analysis of the fraud hypothesis. Whether paranormal phenomena only occurred when the Hodgson girls were around. How credulous or skeptical the witnesses were.)

The Enfield Poltergeist: General Skepticism (Part 2)
(Explanatory options for a poltergeist. Objections to the voice phenomena. Evidence for the voice. Objections to the concealment of some of the phenomena. Potential reasons for concealment.)

The Enfield Poltergeist: General Skepticism (Part 3)
(Why the family stayed in the house after the poltergeist began. Whether the phenomena developed in a suspicious way. Lack of video evidence. Janet Hodgson’s alleged “It’s not haunted.” confession. Janet’s alleged confession under hypnosis. Objections that the Hodgson girls weren’t as upset as they should have been if a poltergeist was occurring. Objections to the alleged throwing of Janet while she was on Valium.)

The Enfield Poltergeist: Chris French’s Skepticism
(The witnesses may have misled each other. The power of suggestion. Eyewitness testimony can be unreliable. The events of December 15, 1977.)

The Enfield Poltergeist: Deborah Hyde’s Skepticism
(Hyde’s appearance on a television program with Janet Hodgson and Guy Playfair in 2012. Hyde’s follow-up piece in her magazine. Responses to Hyde by Playfair and Mary Rose Barrington. Whether the phenomena didn’t occur around skeptics. Whether skeptics weren’t allowed back in the house. Hyde’s attempts to explain some of the phenomena. Milbourne Christopher’s involvement in the Enfield case.)

The Enfield Poltergeist: Joe Nickell’s Skepticism
(Nickell’s attempts to explain some of the phenomena. The significance of events happening outside the presence of witnesses. Ray Alan’s involvement in the Enfield case. Margaret Hodgson’s alleged confession to Alan and the Daily Mirror. Whether we can accept some of the phenomena while rejecting others. The alleged photographic evidence for paranormal phenomena. Melvin Harris’ objections to the photos.)

The Enfield Poltergeist: Anita Gregory’s Skepticism
(The Hodgson girls’ involvement in joking and faking phenomena. The videos of their trickery. How long video cameras were being used in the house and the implications that follow. Gregory’s review of Playfair’s book. Gregory’s discussions with some of the Enfield witnesses. The testimony of Carolyn Heeps. The significance of the police officer who was with Heeps. Gregory’s doctoral thesis. John Beloff’s objections. Maurice Grosse’s claims about Gregory’s character and behavior. Conclusion.)


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