An SFU researcher is releasing his findings about people who study alien behaviour, hunt Sasquatch and bust ghosts.
Paul Kingsbury is halfway through a four-year research project on paranormal investigators and has attended two of the world’s largest UFO conferences in California and Arizona.
At those events, he found there are similarities to academic conferences such as key note speakers, banquets and discussions among peers about the field.
“So structurally, formally, it’s very similar to academic conferences. Obviously the content is somewhat different, but it is strikingly similar.”
He adds there is a very diverse group at the conferences and skeptics, as well as people who fully believe in aliens, are in attendance.
Kingsbury says paranormal objects are the perfect object of desire because it incites desire and can’t be tested.
“What this branch of research does is to consider how things such as desire, fantasy, the unconscious, they’re not inside people’s head. This isn’t a psychological reading, but rather how desire, fantasy, the unconscious and so on, are externally materialized in people’s social practices.”
He plans to join a group who are looking for Sasquatch this spring.