Opinions are like arseholes, everyone has one, and nobody wants to see it.
several different opinions can each hold a shred of truth
Bit of a myth this one. I could hold an opinion that you molest goats while dressed as a jehovahs witness. Doubtful there is any truth in it though.
but because it hasn't been definitively proven no one really knows.
This is correct. If we could tell what a "ghost" was, TAPS would be out of a job.
TAPS and any other ghosthunters need to remain scientific,
I would posit that they need to start being scientific.
open minded and professional. to me that's how you'll get the best results in the long run.
Any real sceptic is open minded and conducts themselves in a professional manner. Yet when we explain the situation to people, they usually defer the explanation in favour of a more magically appealing version.
www.skepticalanalysis.com/ - SAPS - Skeptical Analysis of the Paranormal Society - They were created in response to the first season of "Ghost Hunters". They also have some articles pointing out where TAPS seem to be fudging the truth some to create a sense of ghosts.
There are opinions and there are hypotheses. Opinions are based on personal beliefs whereas Hypoetheses are an idea formed by weighing the evidence and forming a rational answer as to what could be expected based on it, and then go ahead and test for it to see if the hypothesis was accurate.
Maybe opinions can help create a hypothesis that can help look for the truth, but opinion on it's own won't. It'd just stem down to unfounded belief.
Post by carlitadoomhardy on Jul 22, 2008 19:49:01 GMT
*chews*.....what you rollin at boy? I like em..they're cool....*shrugs* I think people over analyse what are essentially entertainment programmes, I think the lads do a good job of de bunking, have they're heads screwed on, are polite, have a good attitude, and they're damn good businessmen, i'd much rather teams like TAPS were the norm bringin ghost huntin to the masses than the scooby gang that is MH...good on em.
What makes them different in any sense? They are both entertainment shows, correct - but TAPS essentially debunk most things which is good - but then ruin it with the whole demonologist thing. If they're going to be rational - be rational. Don't pick and choose what you are going to be rational with. It just does my head in.
Like people who say ghosts don't exist, but believe in God. Hello?!
www.ripodcast.co.uk - Righteous Indignation is the podcast that aims to critically examine extraordinary claims and the people who surround them. In a closed society where everyone is guilty, the only crime is getting caught. -- Hunter S Thompson.
[quote author=beamstalk board=gh thread=4934 post=103100 Edit: I would assume though that they are being pressured by SciFi to do these things, as SciFi channel is very wooish.[/quote]
That seems to be the point. If I was to make a choice between MH and Ghost Hunters I would chose taps anytime. But after their first season, hauntings seemed to increase in a most peculiar way. Probably the channel wanted to spice up things a little bit.
But each and every of these shows should be taken with more than a grain of salt.
EMF meters are designed to detect electromagnetic pollution. Not Ghosts. Dictaphones are designed to record Vocals and Sounds. Not Ghosts. Cameras are designed to take images, or record Footage. Not Ghosts.
There is no equipment specifically designed to dectect, record, or interact with ghosts. To make such a piece of equipment, one would have to understand what a ghost actually was. What parameters it operated under. What were its ranges adnd limitations. Nobody has even been able to establish a ghost exists, so how would you design equipment for that?
So I guess you'd trust a guy going around saying "Thank you Sam" more than guys that says that 80% of all acclaimed Hauntings can be debunked