Well, I'm in a mood so be prepared.
As some of you may know, I'm currently forming the Adsagsona Paranormal Society (http://www.apsociety.com) with some friends and fellow paranormal investigators. While I'm having a ball with it, I'm also working my tail off. It's not always easy to do things right, but I'm determined to do that with this organization. And because I'm wanting it done right, I'm being a little picky about who I send out in public to represent the APS. Personally, I don't see anything wrong with wanting someone that knows what they're doing and can behave themselves while they're doing it.
So what's got me on a rant?
Today I received e-mails from two different individuals that both wanted to know what they needed to do in order to go on investigations with us. I told them that we're still working out membership details but one thing I was sure of is that no one will represent the APS on an investigation until we know for sure that they're properly trained, can act professionally, etc. And I even said it nicely!
Here's the thing -- BOTH of them responded to say that was too much work! What in the world?? It's too much WORK to do something properly?
Paranormal investigation isn't widely accepted. There's a certain amount of stigma attached to it because it's not always understood. There's also a certain amount of stigma attached to it because of teenagers (and a few older folks as well) that call themselves investigators and then go out and act like... well, teenagers!
Personally, if you aren't willing to study, train and act professionally then I don't think it's possible for you to do legitimate scientific research on an investigative team, which is what I want to see the APS doing. And another personal note, I don't want you on my team.
Okay, so is that being snobby? Or is that someone that's willing to work hard, produce solid evidence, act professionally, and, hopefully, raise the bar on this issue?
If you'd like to weigh in on the issue, please feel free to join me in the APS Yahoo group. It's free, and we can chat.