Saturday, December 27, 2008

The Paranormal

This seems to be a good a time as any to delve into the paranormal. Despite being a skeptic, I find the lure of this subject irresistible and entertaining. I've been watching a few 'ghost hunting' shows, "Ghost Hunters" and "Ghost Hunters International" on SCIFI. After watching several shows, here are some of my observations.

1. Probably the best part of the show is that you get to see beautiful old houses, castles, lighthouses, inns, forts, etc... and you get to hear some

2. It's interesting to listen to people's stories. Whether 'provable' or not, their experiences seem very real.

3. Unfortunately, most of the recordings made by the teams are nebulous. The team always investigates in the pitch dark (why? I don't know), and are talking, moving around, and wearing clothes that make rustling noises. The team 'hears' something (usually a footstep or thump), but the viewer does not clearly hear the same. There's also strangely malfunctioning equipment right at the critical moment.

4. The same dramatic scene is played out again and again. The team hears something, runs in the other room, and lo and behold, "There's no one there!"

5. It seems that in this modern age, many houses have 'electrical hot spots' in the basement or walls. This may explain a lot of 'paranormal' or 'poltergeist' activity.

6. Most of the sites investigated by the team are business places or historical sites for tourists. It adds quite a bit of attraction to claim the site is 'haunted.' The setting also gets featured on T.V. Free advertising. hmmmm.

7. Occasionally, the team records something very intriguing. For example, they record a moving figure on the thermal camera, or an unmistakable, clear voice. In this case, it's either outright fraud by the T.V. crew, or there is something there that's unexplainable.

8. Guess what? We'll never know.......

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