Carrie Poppy: A scientific approach to the paranormal
Carrie Poppy - Writer, radio host, comedian
Carrie Poppy tells stories on the fringes of human experience through writing, live storytelling and radio. Full bio
by an evil spirit.
behind someone else's house
it had kind of been dilapidated,
like you're being watched.
it's just my imagination.
this pressure in my chest,
when you get bad news.
this feeling got worse and worse,
that something was there
like something passing through me.
and I need to get rid of it."
open-minded -- and she said,
to do a cleansing ritual."
and I went and I bought sage.
so I set the sage on fire,
This is my house! I live here.
Nothing got better.
just laughing at me,
this impotent, powerless thing
that -- I mean, I'm laughing at it now --
and cry every night.
got worse and worse.
to prescribe me medicine,
I don't have schizophrenia, OK.
and I Googled "hauntings."
of ghost hunters.
kind of ghost hunters --
that they had investigated so far
this is what's happening to me,
I would love to hear it."
of carbon monoxide poisoning?"
is when you have a gas leak
of carbon monoxide poisoning
I need you to come out.
but I need you to come out."
"I suspect a gas leak."
that you called us tonight,
dead very soon."
believe in haunted houses,
have been in one
has led me to my job.
an investigator in two senses:
of the claims of the paranormal
to need an exorcism
so I can go to an exorcist
or psychological tricks
that they're possessed.
I'm going undercover in a fringe group
for a podcast that I co-host.
like this with my co-host, Ross.
that nine times out of 10, science wins,
science wins, it saves the day.
there's no such thing as a mystery.
but a mystery is a mystery.
two kinds of truth,
to this place, but I think this is right,
and there's inner truth.
and he once existed,"
at the historical record.
whether that seems to be true.
it does seem to be true.
from the dead," -- ooh, trickier.
whether he rose or he didn't,
that's an outer-truth claim.
whether he rose from the dead.
so purposeful to me,
to persuade you of it,"
from outer truth to inner truth,
to not be clear about this,
to outer truths,
their inner truths,
by outer-truth standards.
about objective things.
in my haunted house, right?
would be like,
these scientific explanations,
for things that we can't explain.
of a lack of evidence.
Investigations Group, or the IIG,
under scientific conditions,
who claim that they were clairaudients,
either from the great beyond
who was very sincere,
and this is the way it always works.
what Lisa was thinking.
and have a very difficult discussion,
and what that means is,
the very difficult decision,
about whether to go get help.
the first day of the rest of your life,
to make these connections
and maybe change our lives for the better.
maybe one time it'll turn out to be true.
one of these investigations,
I'm going to be like, "This is the one!"
but I hope I never lose this hope,
this same attitude
their outer beliefs with you.
these good questions.
how you can examine them together,
that you can't respect a belief
but that's not true.
when we test the claim,
I'm listening to what you're saying,
where you're telling someone something,
that's really interesting, yeah,"
but I'm listening,"
you're being engaged and respected.
we should have with these claims.
that you care what they're saying.
will come up empty,
has not panned out,
or the paranormal or the cure for cancer,
and to change your whole worldview
every single time.
I join might be right,
a carbon monoxide detector in your home.
About the speaker:Carrie Poppy - Writer, radio host, comedian
Carrie Poppy tells stories on the fringes of human experience through writing, live storytelling and radio.
Why you should listen
On her podcast, Oh No, Ross and Carrie, Carrie Poppy and her cohost join fringe spiritual groups, undergo freaky alternative medical treatments, and examine any extraordinary claims that come their way. Oh No, Ross and Carrie receives millions of downloads a year and has been celebrated by outlets like The Guardian, The A.V. Club, Gizmodo, Boing Boing, SplitSider and many others. Poppy received her master's degree in investigative journalism from the University of Southern California, and her journalism work can be seen and heard in outlets across the internet and the airwaves. She is now writing a book about cults.
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