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originally posted by: Navarro
If we're talking about a television show like Ghost Hunters or Ghost Adventures, then we're talking about entertainment. It's reality television featuring pseudo science and drama. That's not to say there's not truth behind the premise, but the "investigations" are anything but legitimate. You have to understand that these television programs concentrate primarily on EVPs, which are said to be the disembodied voices of the dead captured by recording devices. I've listened to a lot of songs, watched a lot of television and film, and had my ear to the phone over the course of many conversations, but not once did I detect an EVP through those mediums. I don't know about you, but I've never heard of a television station being forced to relocate because their newsmen were being constantly interrupted by spooky voices shouting "get out" during their broadcast recordings.
That being said, I conducted my own paranormal investigations in the days before Ghost Hunters. I took as scientific of an approach as my understanding allowed, and strangely enough I achieved some promising results. Over the course of many months I continually modified my approach, developed and tested theories, and even attempted to outright debunk the phenomena, without success. Locations which one would associate with paranormal activity were generally much more prone to producing EVPs than were control locations. EVPs were far more likely to occur in response to events or dialogue among investigators than they were likely to occur in response to questions or statements directed at the supposed entities in question. Some would speak in crude, insulting or threatening terms, while others would speak in irrelevant commentary or apparently profound riddles.
I conducted spectrum analysis of the recordings, and found spikes in certain frequencies immediately prior to and during EVPs. I further discovered that that I could predict the theme of the message by viewing the spectrum plot prior to listening to it. I was able to associate spikes in specific frequencies with specific message content. For instance, the crude messages were associated with a handful of higher frequencies, while the more positive messages, in relative terms, were associated with a handful of certain lower frequencies. It was at the moment of realizing that discovery that I knew with certainty that there was something to it. This was a legitimate phenomena.
I wanted to know what they were. There was no reason to suspect that they were "ghosts" or the disembodied spirits of the dead. It wasn't clear if they were even all the same thing, or whether they may have even all been the same, single entity. Some I suspected were just mimicking human language, often nonsensically. Others made lengthy, complete statements of relevance or significance. Some would engage in commentary about "life forms" (their words) as though they were some form of unliving scientists remarking on their observations, but they'd never muse about their own life. Very rarely one might respond to questions about their nature. One seemed to describe itself as consciously existing in and being aware of all moments in time simultaneously, and also that we do as well, but are obstructed from recognizing that alleged fact through some form of illusion or misconception. Another rather directly stated that we, it, and all beings are in fact of one super-consciousness. That is, we're all one. Another explained that the reason they generally don't respond to questions is because they're not allowed to, or more directly, we're not supposed to be asking them. In fact, that entity said it would be forced to report our conversation, and that I would suffer some form of consequence. That particular series of statements was both the clearest and most lengthy I ever captured.
The vast majority of captured EVPs seemed like nonsense though, or brief and perhaps generic statements - frequently consisting of only a single word. There was something to it, but I'm powerless to say what. The entities could have been a great many things, but I can only say what they're not - and they're not "nothing."
originally posted by: Spader
I believe the adventurer Aaron Goodwin who was fired from the show when he blew the whistle on some of the unsavory methods used to get "evidence".
The problem started when they signed with a production company and had to adhere to a schedule.
When filming the show and not a lot is happening, the producers would allegedly make them go back and "act out" a scene while fake knocks would be thrown in so they could all say "Did you hear that"?
It's a shame because the best work they did was the documentary they did that got them the gig on the Travel Channel in the first place.
When filming a documentary you have the time to do things right without time constraints.
A long time ago in a state far far away I was a television producer. And believe me, you are under a lot of pressure to get the film in the can as fast as possible.
Those guys started out with real ideals. Unfortunately they were poisoned by the $$, fame and the need to produce that wow factor week after week that kept the ratings up.
Aaron Goodwin evidently got fed up with the antics they were forced to do and spilled the beans on a podcast he was a guest on. I don't know what his motivation was, maybe his conscience got to him or some infighting with his friends or employers did it.
They did produce some great evidence but I'm sorry. Going into a supposed haunted place and getting EVP's, moving objects, and photographic evidence in one night, week after week is just plain impossible.
BTW: I am a fan of the show, just because it's so entertaining do to the chemistry between the Adventurers, and the fun of trying to pick out what evidence is truly paranormal.