Michigan Public Radio on ‘Paranormal Researcher’

Here’s another instance of a news outlet presenting what is little more than an infomercial for a purveyor of ridiculous woo, this time a “paranormal researcher” and “demonologist” who casts demons out of people. And sadly, it’s from Michigan Public Radio, which does have real journalists who should know better than this.

Samantha Harris is a spiritual healer, demonologist, paranormal investigator, and founder of the Michigan Paranormal Research Association. From working on shows for the Travel Channel and the Destination America Channel, Harris now works as a Marketing Communication specialist at the University Center for the Development of Language and Literacy at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Among her many studies, including receiving a Bachelors degree in communications at MSU, Harris is now a published author of “Fighting Malevolent Spirits: A Demonologist’s Darkest Encounters”. Her book goes over several cases in Michigan, including Novi, Flint, and Lansing, that will make the hair on your neck stand on end.

No they won’t. They’ll make me sad that the people involved weren’t getting genuine psychological help that they so badly need instead of being “treated” by unqualified people for non-existent “demon possession.”

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  • colnago80

    The Un. of Michigan should also be called out for having a phony like this on its staff.

  • Menyambal

    All her communication skills make it easy to bafflegab.

    Why did she have to found a paranormal institute? Has there not been a need for one until now?

  • Sastra

    My woo friends all absolutely love public radio. Firm believers in the paranormal, they think that public radio is where “open-minded” people will find resources which examine the evidence and at the very least agree that it’s an open question, a “possibility.” Facts are like preferences in this view. Public radio should endorse a demonologist for the same reason it plays Indian sitar music.

    Broaden horizons.

  • lclane2

    The boundary between open mindedness and gullibility is fuzzy for most people. If one has a poor physics background and understands little of electromagnetic force it’s plausible to explain the paranormal by either electromagnetic force or some undiscovered force. Only those with the strongest science background are clear on the (non)existence of “undiscovered forces.”

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    Only those with the strongest science background are clear on the (non)existence of “undiscovered forces.”

    Yes, and only those with epistemological skepticism in their background understand that “undiscovered forces” are not ‘undiscovered’ the instant their effects are detected. Therefore the forces are subject to scientific enquiry.

    A few years ago, I encountered a fellow who had a medical quackery device that worked based on “energy of a nature unknown to science.” I immediately asked him “then how do you know it’s there at all?”

  • scienceavenger

    One doesn’t need a strong science background to understand “Las Vegas”, and “dice are very light”.

  • Al Dente

    If there aren’t demonologists then who can tell the Vatican’s Exorcist Corps the most effective means of practicing their craft? Checkmate, skeptics!

  • busterggi

    Samantha Harris is no Buffy.

  • Doug Little

    Kinda on topic,

    I was watching the clown show that is CNN last night and a panel of experts were answering questions about MH370. I kid you not the two of the questions they chose were.

    1. Could a blackhole have destroyed the plane?

    2. Because Psychics have been used in missing persons cases could using a credible psychic help in the recovery of the plane?

    I shit you not. The first question was answered very badly by some national security expert not definitively just saying no don’t be ridiculous but instead reasoning that a small micro-black hole would destroy our universe so it could not have destroyed the plane. The second was answered nicely by some other guy when he just said I think it’s extremely difficult to find a credible psychic, pure gold.