Sleuth finds the truth in ghost stories

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  1. Reader

    Reader New Member

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    http://cosmiclog.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/10/25/14701243-sleuth-finds-the-truth-in-ghost-stories?lite

    Paranormal investigator Joe Nickell has busted a lot of ghostly myths over the past 40 years — but the spookiest part of his job comes when he actually catches a ghost red-handed.

    No, we're not talking about spirits of the dead: These "ghosts" are hotel clerks who flick the lights to keep the guests talking about the place's ghost story, or a mischievous child who plays tricks on his parents. Or maybe a camera crew catching weird-looking "orbs" floating through the frame — orbs they didn't notice until they looked at the pictures later.

    "Much of what so-called ghost hunters are detecting is themselves," Nickell, the author of "The Science of Ghosts," told me this week. "If they go through a haunted house and stir up a lot of dust, they shouldn't be surprised if they get a lot of orbs in their photographs.".............more at link.....
     
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    People like Nickell and his ilk strike me as such joyless bastards. Don't misunderstand - I'm a skeptic, too, but why one would enjoy making a point of setting all the records straight....I just don't see it. People need to believe.

    It's like Keats's lines in his poem 'Lamia' (and by "philosophy" here, he means science):
     
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    People need to know the truth. How can we ever evolve as a species when ....still...to this day...so many still believe In fairy tales?
     
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    I don't disagree.

    Places which seek to make commerce out of resident "ghosts," if dishonest, have the exposure coming, as do those who think dust particles are "orbs" when photographed, and boggle the mind with further extrapolations.

    But I think there is a third way incorporating honestly observed anomalous phenomena, and science.

    Don't know what that way is yet, but someday we might.
     
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    Excellent work to choose on All Hallows Eve!

    Didn't know Keats was aware of the Hindu idea that one day science and religion shall meet. All will be clear as all is one.

    I do agree, dust is not ghosts nor flickered lights. Shallow are those that play with the fragile. ;)
     
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    I'm stealing this sentence immediately and adding it to my repertoire, it's so well-said.

    Joe Nickell and James (The Amazing) Randi are skeptics whose work I find amazingly shallow - as if disproving something causes it not to exist. However, the work of the late polymath Martin Gardner is another matter. Yes, he was a skeptic, but his well-rounded interests in other things - the works of G.K. Chesterton; Frank Baum's 'Oz' books; stage magic; philosophy; religion; game theory; mathematics - makes his debunking of various "psychic" manifestations worthwhile by providing them an at times equally mysterious context.
     

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