Hayley is a Ghost

How many hypocrites does it take to hunt a ghost?

Posted on: April 5, 2010

Up until recently I had a pretty passive stance on paranormal television shows because although I didn’t like what they did and the misinformation they spread I realised that they were just entertainment shows and as long as people realised that then it was okay.

However, tonight after watching a show called ‘Ghost adventures’ I was outraged to hear one of the team on there saying that an EMF spike and a temperature reading was scientific proof of a presence. What a jackass thing to say. What an absolutely stupid, stupid, stupid thing to say. I sat there and I looked at my mum (who is also a paranormal researcher) and I shook my head and headbutted the couch because I honestly couldn’t believe the bullshit I was hearing. Mum took pictures on her phone of me doing this, much to my embarassment but that’s how pissed off it made me.

It’s the same with that spoon on Ghost hunters; Steve Gonsalves, who continually spouts off about energy and EMF as though he has a clue what he’s on about when in fact, he doesn’t. Or how about Yvette Fielding who happily makes out that it’s not her or her ‘friends’ making the planchette on the ouija board move; how outdated can your techniques get love?

These people influence people and they know it. People adore them and then they have the cheek to spread nonsense without doing proper research despite the fact that thousands probably hang onto their every word and don’t tell me that they don’t because they soooo do. I’ve seen numerous paranormal teams who are just copy cats of what you see on television, people who quote what Jason and Grant from TAPS say, or people who spend lots of money on a thermal cameras because they see it used on television because apparently they detect cold spots (even though they only measure surface temperatures and wouldn’t pick up on a cold spot of air in the middle of a room. Dummies…)

These people don’t only spread misinformation though because the likes of Yvette Fielding and the TAPS boys have been proven to fake activity for their shows, and in a recent interview I did with Barry Fitzgerald who appears on Ghost Hunters and Ghost Hunters International he admitted that what you see in one show of these programmes takes a week to film. So that really active six or seven hours they’re at the location for is actually something like a hundred hours or so. That’s not at all misleading…

You can’t trust what you see on television because the only person I have ever seen on a paranormal show who knows what they’re on about is someone like Matt Smith or Chris French and they’re the ones who get booed! I mean, come on! Please!

I’m sure many people already know you can’t trust what television tells you, or the people who stand in front of the camera and pretend they know what they’re on about despite the fact that a google search reveals they’re carrying a bucket full of bullshit around instead of a head. Yet, although many people involved in paranomal research say they know this and say the reason they research the paranormal is because they don’t trust what they see on these television shows it makes me a bit cynical of their claims and actions because if that’s the case and they truly are skeptical of these tv shows then….

…WHY THE HELL DO THEY COPY THEM SO MUCH?!?!

Listen; if you want to be a ghost hunter the first thing you have to understand is that that title itself is crap because if you go hunting for a ghost you have already biased your result. The term I like to use is paranormal researcher or oddity investigator because it doesn’t mean I sound like I’ve already reached a conclusion. If you want to be a researcher and you don’t like what you see on television then at least have a broad enough vision of what you’re dealing with to make sure your skepticism of shows like Most Haunted, Ghost Hunters, Haunted Homes, Dead Famous and Ghost Adventures spreads far enough that it also covers the silly ideas these shows promote because otherwise you’re just being hypocritical. Rant over.

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Hayley is a ghost

Hayley Stevens is an advocate for science-based research into seemingly paranormal experiences and occurrences. With a background in the pseudo-scientific research into ghosts, Hayley offers a unique insight into the strange world of ghost hunting through her experience.

She describes herself as 'a ghost hunter who doesn't hunt for ghosts' and this is her personal blog where she writes about ghosts, people, and other interesting things. Read more here.

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