Memoirs of a Former Ghostbuster - August 22, 1:30 p.m., Roseville Library

  • August 22, 2010 · 1:30 PM
  • Roseville Public Library

Join us for an awesome afternoon of testimony from a former diehard ghost hunter and parapsychology undergrad turned skeptic. Our very own Todd Torkelson spent his late teens and early twenties renting haunted hotel rooms, leading ghost tours, stockpiling ghost documentaries and investigating paranormal claims in his home town of Albuquerque, New Mexico. In preparation for a career as a professional parapsychologist, he considered attending UCLA (where the infamous Entity case was studied), Duke University (where ESP cards were developed) and Yale (where majoring in paranormal studies wasn't unheard of at the time). Todd will cover the "theories" of what ghosts are supposed to be, ghost hunting techniques, the anatomy of an investigation and a rundown of the most prominent researchers in parapsychology today. And, of course, Todd will tell us how he went from being a ghost hunter to a nonbeliever who is an active member of the skeptic community.

Todd Torkelson is from Albuquerque, New Mexico and graduated from St. Olaf College in '97 where he ended up studying psychology and multicultural studies. He currently works in the IT field and is active in the Freethought movement.

Afterwards, a bunch of us will be going to The Panda Garden Buffet for Chinese food and conversation. Specters, phantoms and wraiths eat free!

Panda Garden Buffet
1706 Lexington Ave N
Roseville, MN 55113
http://twincities.cit...

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  • Andrew L.

    I was unfortunately very late, but what I saw was very much worth the drive.

    August 23, 2010

  • Brian

    Had to work and my day at work sucked. I wish I could have been there--it would have been more fun! It got 4 stars so it must have been good! Hopefully next time. :)

    August 23, 2010

  • Richard W. T.

    Amusing informative presentation. Very comfortable venue.

    August 23, 2010

  • Timothy B.

    I really enjoyed him describe his transformation from believer to skeptic.

    August 23, 2010

  • Diane B.

    It was about an hour too long--not enough substance. The powerpoint should be dispensed with or revised. He stayed on each slide way too long; the pictures were uninteresting and he didn't do anything with the bullet points. At the very least he could have added them one at a time.

    I felt tricked by the title. I thought he actually did this for a living and had experiences from which to draw. I kept waiting for something interesting but felt that I just got an infomercial for James Randi. It was a waste of my time and a pity because it colors my perception of MN Atheists.

    August 23, 2010

  • Jack C.

    Thanks to Todd for a fun and informative presentation. Good to meet so many new people, too!

    August 22, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    A polished performance, but I still believe in UFOs!

    August 22, 2010

  • Chuck13

    I think Todd is ready to launch a U.S tour!

    August 22, 2010

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