Dave Schumacher

Science & Technology Advisor

I have been interested in the paranormal for as long as I can remember. When I was a kid I remember reading The Hardy Boys and The Three Investigators. These books were both fun and informative. The fact that there never really was anything paranormal and it always turned out to be a hoax may have been the roots to my open-minded skepticism. I also have fond memories of investigating the legend of the ‘Rat Man’ at Adler Park in Libertyville, IL. Many days and nights of walking through the woods in the park kept me both excited and scarred. And then there were the movies, “The Exorcist”, “The Haunting”, “The Entity”, “Poltergeist”, and “Ghostbusters. These things drew my interest into the realm of the unknown and they never left me.

My interest (some would say obsession) with the paranormal has only grown stronger as the years went by. However, my interests changed and it was no longer just for fun but it had become more serious. I wanted to know the who, what, where, when, and why of this phenomena. My approach slowly became more science orientated, which was largely due to my studies in the biological sciences in both undergraduate and graduate school. I wanted to know the truth.

What happens when we die? Is there life after death? Does some part of us and/or our consciousness survive bodily death? These are questions that humans have had throughout the ages. In a way this could be the ultimate quest for knowledge and understanding. The hunger for knowledge and understanding the great mysteries of the unknown is what drives the human race. Therefore, knowing what happens to us when we die is the ultimate unknown. Our mortality becomes more real and apparent as we advance in age. Even if you don’t believe in ghosts, you will certainly want to know what happens when you die. So, how can we find out? Well, if you are like me, you want evidence.

I attempt to collect evidence to either support or disprove that there is life after death. No one has any definitive proof either way and that keeps me going. Even though I have been doing this for many years, I don’t have all of the answers that I need. However, I plan to keep the quest for the truth alive and well. I guess that is why my favorite quote from the X-Files is, “The truth is out there.” I believe the truth is out there and I want to know what it is.

The Gadget Guy