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Ghost Hunters? Or Story Tellers?

Let me just say that I certainly approach this subject skeptically. I understand that these shows are made for TV. So right out the gate, in the back of my mind, is that this could all be fabricated and I’m just being handed some entertainment to keep my mind wondering about things that really have no basis in reality whatsoever.

I’m fairly proud of the progress that I’ve made in the previous months at enhancing and growing the critical thinking portion of my mind. I’m trying to become more and more scientific about how I approach all topics, because, in the end, I believe that science will be the method where we find the truths about all topics (if those truths can even be found).

That being said, I’m a huge fan of the Ghost Hunters shows on TV. The ones that I truly enjoy are ‘Ghost Hunters’ and ‘Ghost Hunters International’ on SciFi…(lol SyFy…because they just changed their name to that…pretty weird…but I digress). The ‘Most Haunted’ show with the folks from the UK is, in my opinion, the biggest bunch of crap on TV…but that doesn’t entirely stop me from watching – and often laughing at – the ridiculousness.

The trouble I am having lately is that I’ve become a huge fan of CFI (Council for Inquiry) and it’s Podcast/Radio show ‘Point of Inquiry’. It’s really helped me understand what things constitute real evidence versus pseudoscience. And a couple of the articles/shows have discussed the paranormal and these ‘ghost hunter’ shows. Basically, saying outright that they are pseudoscience at best. Some of the discussions even said that these guys have slowed down recordings to make their ‘evps’ more ominous or to even make some random sounds seem more like a voice. Now, I understand that this is a TV show and that’s a very real possibility. But with the original Ghost Hunters in particular, I have a hard time believing that these guys would do something like that. They seem to have a genuine interest in getting to the real truth. And sometimes they come up with recordings (audio/video) that just make me give pause.

It seems that the perspective of CFI, etc is, that because these guys aren’t real scientists and the ‘evidence’ isn’t gathered according to scientific standards, that they are fabricating things. I find it hard to believe that these guys are being blatantly dishonest. Again, I can certainly see how that could happen (being glorified for TV and all), but it also seems like such a stretch. And it seems almost close-minded to just disregard it and turn the other way. I would think that someone who is in a search for ‘truth’ would accept even SOME of this stuff, and maybe mark it into the ‘that’s interesting’ column rather than just outright rejecting it.

I’m hoping that I’m just misinterpreting what they are saying and that because they discuss these topics, obviously they must find something intriguing about them, and therefore count them as valuable. Even if it’s obviously not ‘scientific evidence’ that is being presented.

I continue to have questions about these ‘supernatural’ topics. But more and more I’m finding myself trying to apply rationality and logic to them, and coming up with answers that say ‘There’s just no real evidence’

 

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5.23.2008 – A Starting Point

I guess it’s just natural (since I am anything but a learned writer) to expect this to jump around quite a bit. Organization has never been something I’ve been particularly skilled at. Quite the opposite really! So, for the reader, this is certainly something to keep in mind! Of course, I don’t expect anyone to actually read this anyway, so I guess it really doesn’t matter how I write it!

 

The ‘Search for Answers’ has become a daily pursuit for me. I find myself digging into holes that have been around for millennia, but that I’ve never known the slightest thing about until recently.

 

Here’s the short list of topics over the last several months. Most likely not complete…but close enough for now.

 

Freemasonry

The Knights Templar

Gnosticism

Hermetisism

Alchemy

The Lost Gospels/Gnostic Gospels

Sacred Geometry

Ghosts

Paranormal

 

 

 

What I’ve found which has surprised me, is that I feel like I’m becoming more at peace with myself. For those that know me well, know that that is QUITE a statement. I’ve NEVER been at peace. I’ve never been satisfied. It’s almost as if this quest has helped me take steps towards an ‘enlightenment’. Some sense of ‘at peace with the world’. The reality is that there is MUCH more to know and many more miles to travel down this road. But it’s quite amazing to me how quickly my thought processes and perceptions are changing.