The reason I again have written on Forensics is that besides using the title of Paranormal Forensic Photographer, I am now seeing, Forensic Parapsychologist, and a Forensic Psychic being used in the paranormal field.
The meaning of Forensic:
Forensics is a broad range of subspecialties which use techniques adapted from the natural sciences to obtain criminal or other legal evidence. Did you notice Criminal and Legal in the meaning of forensic. I do not see Paranormal in the meaning.
If someone has a degree in, lets say as a Forensic Photographer, and does investigate in their spare time, it does not mean they are a Paranormal Forensic Photographer.
My point is, until the time Forensic is noted in accredit colleges (not the bs ones on line) to be used along with Paranormal, no one should use that title. I would not trust anyone who uses a title because they did not earn by getting a accredited degree. Just like someone using the title of a Certified Ghost Hunter, there is no such accredited course. By giving oneself a title to impress clients is fraud in my opinion. A team should stand on their own by the evidence they present, not the evidence of others, but their own, and not by a title they have added to their name. If someone has a degree in, lets say as a Forensic Photographer, and does investigate in their spare time, it does not mean they are a Paranormal Forensic Photographer.
The word forensic comes from the Latin adjective forensis, meaning "of or before the forum." In Roman times, a criminal charge meant presenting the case before a group of public individuals in the forum. Both the person accused of the crime and the accuser would give speeches based on their sides of the story. The individual with the best argument and delivery would determine the outcome of the case. This origin is the source of the two modern usages of the word forensic – as a form of legal evidence and as a category of public presentation.
Please someone help me understand where some in the Paranormal Community have taken it upon themselves to add Forensic to their titles. Am I wrong in my assumption there is no accredited courses in Paranormal Forensic Photography, Forensic Parapsychologist, and a Forensic Psychic? Who created such titles?
Forensic Photographer is a real title for a person who has a degree in it. Paranormal Forensic Photography…. Really!?!
According to Wikipedia these are the following subdivisions for Forensic:
Forensic accounting is the study and interpretation of accounting evidence
Forensic aerial photography is the study and interpretation of aerial photographic evidence
Forensic anthropology is the application of physical anthropology in a legal setting, usually for the recovery and identification of skeletonized human remains.
Forensic archaeology is the application of a combination of archaeological techniques and forensic science, typically in law enforcement.
Forensic astronomy uses methods from astronomy to determine past celestial
constellations for forensic purposes.
Forensic botany is the study of plant life in order to gain information regarding
Forensic chemistry is the study of detection and identification of illicit drugs, accelerants used in arson cases, explosive and gunshot residue.
Computational forensics concerns the development of algorithms and software to assist forensic examination.
Criminalistics is the application of various sciences to answer questions relating to examination and comparison of biological evidence, trace evidence, impression evidence (such as fingerprints, footwear impressions, and tire tracks), controlled substances, ballistics, firearm and tool mark examination, and other evidence in criminal investigations. In typical circumstances evidence is processed in a Crime lab.
Forensic dactyloscopy is the study of fingerprints.
Digital forensics is the application of proven scientific methods and techniques in order to recover data from electronic / digital media. Digital Forensic specialists work in the field as well as in the lab.
Forensic document examination or questioned document examination answers questions about a disputed document using a variety of scientific processes and methods. Many examinations involve a comparison of the questioned document, or components of the document, with a set of known standards. The most common type of examination involves handwriting, whereby the examiner tries to address concerns about potential authorship.
Forensic DNA analysis takes advantage of the uniqueness of an individual's DNA to answer forensic questions such as paternity/maternity testing and placing a suspect at a crime scene, e.g. in a rape investigation.
Forensic engineering is the scientific examination and analysis of structures and products relating to their failure or cause of damage.
Forensic entomology deals with the examination of insects in, on and around human remains to assist in determination of time or location of death. It is also possible to determine if the body was moved after death.
Forensic geophysics is the application of geophysical techniques such as radar for detecting objects hidden underground or underwater.
Forensic geology deals with trace evidence in the form of soils, minerals and petroleum.
Forensic limnology is the analysis of evidence collected from crime scenes in or around fresh-water sources. Examination of biological organisms, in particular diatoms, can be useful in connecting suspects with victims.
Forensic linguistics deals with issues in the legal system that requires linguistic expertise.
Forensic meteorology is a site-specific analysis of past weather conditions for a point of loss.
Forensic odontology is the study of the uniqueness of dentition, better known as the study of teeth.
Forensic optometry is the study of glasses and other eye wear relating to crime scenes and criminal investigations
Forensic pathology is a field in which the principles of medicine and pathology are applied to determine a cause of death or injury in the context of a legal inquiry.
Forensic psychology is the study of the mind of an individual, using forensic methods. Usually it determines the circumstances behind a criminal's behavior.
Forensic seismology is the study of techniques to distinguish the seismic signals generated by underground nuclear explosions from those generated by earthquakes.
Forensic serology is the study of the body fluids.
Forensic toxicology is the study of the effect of drugs and poisons on/in the human body.
Forensic video analysis is the scientific examination, comparison and evaluation of video in legal matters.
Mobile device forensics is the scientific examination and evaluation of evidence found in mobile phones, e.g. Call History and Deleted SMS, and includes SIM Card Forensics
Trace evidence analysis is the analysis and comparison of trace evidence including glass, paint, fibres and hair.
Forensic Podiatry is an application of the study of feet footprint or footwear and their traces to analyze scene of crime and to establish personal identity in forensic examinations.
Here is a list of a few more Forensics:
Forensic facial reconstruction
Forensic materials engineering
Forensic polymer engineering
Wow, still no Paranormal Forensics in any subject, go figure.