With all these Ghost Hunters running around why can’t they finally bag one?   Leave a comment


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I consider myself to be a very open-minded person.  I don’t discount anything.  Everything is possible.  That is why I consider myself an agnostic and not a true atheist.  When it comes to the paranormal I am skeptical however.  There is some very compelling UFO evidence that makes one wonder about the subject. 

The Stephenville, Texas UFO event is amazing.  There was actual radar signatures from the FAA that showed a huge craft that took off from a stopped position and sped up to 2,000 mph in 5 seconds. What the hell was that? 

Sasquatch has actual empirical evidence.  Footprints and tracks that could not have been hoaxed found in the middle of nowhere.  Also the many sightings.  The Gimlin-Patterson film that shows a purported Sasquatch walking near Bluff Creek, California.  It is interesting to note that the creature in the film looks exactly like what eye witnesses describe.  And if that was a hoax, where is that incredible suit?  It would be worth millions of dollars.

When it comes to ghosts I am very skeptical. There is never any hard evidence. Apparent voices and noises and doors slamming on their own etc.  Many of these events have down to earth explanations. The wind pushing a door shut, we have all witnessed this. People see things that are not really there.  The imagination is a powerful thing.  It can create all kinds of strange happenings that aren’t really happening.  The proliferation of the Ghost Hunting business has dozens of people crawling all over haunted buildings and places, but they keep coming up empty handed.

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Ghost Hunters is an American paranormal reality television series that premiered on October 6, 2004, on Syfy (previously the Sci Fi Channel). The program features paranormal investigators Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson who investigate places that are reported to be haunted. The two originally worked as plumbers for Roto-Rooter as a day job while investigating locations at night. Since the show’s success, the series now takes precedence in their lives, but they are still honorary employees with the company and continue to do jobs for them if time permits.

When these guys are not getting spooked, they are unplugging clogged toilets. I bet there are some pretty ugly apparitions down those toilets.

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Ghost Hunters has attracted various critics and skeptics, such as Joe Nickell of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, Skeptical Inquirer author Lynne Kelly, James Randi, and Benjamin Radford. The Skeptical Analysis of the Paranormal Society (SAPS) was founded with the intent to recreate and debunk segments of the show.

In June 2008, Ghost Hunters was awarded The Truly Terrible Television (TTTV) Award by Independent Investigations Group for peddling pseudoscience and superstition to its audience.

According to investigator Benjamin Radford most ghost hunting groups including TAPS make many methodological mistakes. “After watching episodes of Ghost Hunters and other similar programs, it quickly becomes clear to anyone with a background in science that the methods used are both illogical and unscientific”. Anyone can be a ghost investigator, “failing to consider alternative explanations for anomalous … phenomena”, considering emotions and feelings as “evidence of ghostly encounters.” “Improper and unscientific investigation methods”, for example, “using unproven tools and equipment”, “sampling errors”, “ineffectively using recording devices” and “focusing on the history of the location…and not the phenomena.” In his article for Skeptical Inquirer Radford concludes that ghost hunters should care about doing a truly scientific investigation “I believe that if ghosts exist, they are important and deserve to be taken seriously. Most of the efforts to investigate ghosts so far have been badly flawed and unscientific — and not surprisingly, fruitless.” In a New York Times article about Ghost Hunters and TAPS, Radford contended that “the group and others like it lack scientific rigor and mislead people into thinking that their homes are haunted.”

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The show’s editing has been questioned, such as activity that is not captured on tape and findings that are unsupported by evidence in the show specifically. Tools are used in ways that are not proven effective, or in ways in which they have been proven ineffective, such as infrared thermometers that are claimed to detect cold spots in the middle of rooms when such tools are able only to measure the surface temperature of objects unless equipped with a probe accessory. However, the show has been seen using a probe attached to the infrared thermometer that would then give the temperature of both the surface it is pointed at and the area around the probe.

Techniques with thermal imaging cameras, Geiger counters, electronic voice phenomenon, and EMF detectors are used with little or no explanation as to how the techniques have proven to provide evidence of ghosts or other entities. There are concerns that the devices are misused, such as the noting of Benjamin Radford’s article for the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry: “you may own the world’s most sophisticated thermometer, but if you are using it as a barometer, your measurements are worthless. Just as using a calculator doesn’t make you a mathematician, using a scientific instrument doesn’t make you a scientist.”

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But never say never!

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Posted September 4, 2013 by markosun in Uncategorized

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