8 Old Tyme Paranormal Researchers Cooler than Hipsters & Smarter than You

I know you love being “hip” and you love your facial hair and you love researching weird stuff but all these gentleman have you beat.

Arthur Conan Doyle

Arthur Conan Doyle

8. Arthur Conan Doyle
Aside from being a doctor, being knighted AND creating Sherlock Holmes Sir Arthur C. Doyle loved researching supernatural phenomena, until he didn’t. I know, he believed in Fairies..blah blah blah…lighten up will ya.
Moustache Level: Sherlockian

Charles R. Richet

Charles R. Richet

7. Charles Robert Richet
Noble Prize winning physiologist, aviation pioneer and past President of Society for Psychical Research. Richet coined the term “ectoplasm”.
Moustache / Ascot Power Level: One Billion

Richard Hodgson

Richard Hodgson

6. Dr. Richard Hodgson
Austrailan lawyer and secretary for the American Society for Psychical Research. Hodgson exposed numerous fraudulent mediums and psychics including Helena Blavatsky.
Beard Trimming Maestro

William James

William James

5. William James
Physician, psychologist and, considered by many to be, The Father of Psychology.  He was a founding member and vice president of the American Society for Psychical Research.
Both-sides Beard & Reverse Goatee

Frank Podmore

Frank Podmore

4. Frank Podmore
English author and member of the Society for Psychical Research. Due to his rational explanations of supernatural phenomena and his debunking of psychics Podmore is one of the few psychical researchers who found acceptance by the “scientific community”.
More Handsome than most Modern Men

 Sir William Crookes

Sir William Crookes

3. William Crookes
British physicist, chemist and knighted in 1897 he identified the first known sample of helium. He faked some spirit photographs which outraged his colleagues but in all likelihood it was because he had been having an affair with the medium he was investigating…which didn’t outrage him.
Lord of the Rings Character

Camille Flammarion

Camille Flammarion

2. Camille Flammarion
French author and astronomer,  first president of the Société astronomique de France, and has two craters, one on Mars and one on the Moon, named after him.  He believed in telepathy, the stone tape theory, and the survival of the soul after death but thought most mediums were faking it.
Has seen the edge of forever.

Henry Sidgwick

Henry Sidgwick

1. Henry Sidgwick
English economist, founder of Newnham College in Cambridge and first president of the Society for Psychical Research. His book Methods of Ethics, is considered by some critics as the most noteworthy ethical work in English of the 19th century.
Kicking your hipster ass back to square one.

3 Comments

  1. Ben Robison

    Epic post! I could not concur more and spot on with each of your last remarks for these prestigious paranormal researchers!

    Thoroughly enjoyed,
    Ben

  2. Michelle McKay

    Although I don’t have facial hair, it is nice to see those who came before us being appreciated for all of their hard work. Great article!

  3. Linda Dettar

    Amazing story. John you certainly know how to open people’s eyes. And in some cases, shut some mouths .Love the article.

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