Hayley is a Ghost

Dear new ghost hunter,

Posted on: August 28, 2011

You’ve decided to become a ghost hunter, and so have applied the title to yourself because after all there is no mandatory training or registration to go through. You just need a team name (maybe), a website and you’re done.

You can check out other ghost hunting team websites and maybe buy the same bits of kit they have, and copy their techniques too – especially if they’re a ghost hunting team who has been on television because if they’re on TV they must know their stuff.

Then all you have to do is visit some locations – those that have ghost stories attached to them, or those that look haunted. Then, on your website make sure to explain to people that you are rational because you debunk stuff with articles like ‘when orbs are and aren’t paranormal’ so people know you’re an open minded skeptic and all…

Congratulations, you are now a ghost hunter.

At some stage you might catch something a bit odd and you’ll think it is news worthy and will send it to your local newspaper, they’ll publish it, but don’t be mistaken in thinking this means you’re a great ghost hunter because newspapers will actually just publish anything.

You’ve probably not realised that there are hundreds of people who have done exactly the same thing as you for years and years before you got the idea. People who don’t properly research their techniques and methods, but happily act as though they’re experts are nothing new – unfortunately.

You can normally tell a copy-cat ghost hunter from those who’ve done proper research because they excitedly present you with “evidence” that is really poor, and they’ve considered it as evidence because they’re desperate to either a) prove to themselves and others that they’re right to think ghosts exist or b) make a name for themselves in the ghost research field (just like dozens of wanna-be ghost hunting celebs before them).

You can tell everyone you debunk stuff as though that’s proof that you’re open minded, but the fact you use pseudo-scientific techniques (because you’ve not actually researched what you’re doing before jumping in the deep end) gives the game away.

Seriously, before you do anything else you should probably learn about the field you’ve decided to join. If you choose to ignore the information out there then it’s evident that you’re not at all open minded like you claim.

Also, it doesn’t matter if you’ve been investigating for three years or thirty-three years – you can have been investigating for decades and still get it wrong.

A great resource for reasonable information about Ghost Hunting is the site of the Association for Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena. You don’t have to be a member to read the online articles.

You can click the ‘Ghost basics’ tab at the top of my site to read my summary of basic subjects you will come across as a Ghost Hunter. You can also read through the topics listed under ‘paranormal’ on the Skeptics Dictionary.

Up to date information is available – you just need to bother to find it. As I’ve said many times; it’s easy to copy other people, but thinking for yourself takes effort but it’s worth it. Trust me, I speak from experience. 

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13 Responses to "Dear new ghost hunter,"

Has there ever been a book on the subject of taking a scientific approach to ghost hunting?

I’d love to read one.

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You are a little twisted in your outlook.
You say dont trust anyone except Experts in the field. In the field of what ? There are no experts as no one has proved or disprives the existance of any afterlife. The truth is as always held in the eye of the beholder.
It does make me laugh at you sceptics as much as some of the so called experts and believers.

Who really cares as the only three things in life that matter are Food, water and money and money controls the other two so why dont. You drop all this self proclai
Sceptilogical bollocks and turn your pc off and go do something outhere in the world that matterz

Where have I stated I only trust experts? If I have said that, fine, but I wouldn’t have meant “experts in the afterlife”. Sure nobody has proven or disproven an afterlife – but the burden of proof lies with those who claim the afterlife exists. I’m not going to debate with someone who seems to think they know what I think, but actually hasn’t bothered to find out what I think – despite the fact that my approach and theories are all over my site.

Oh Deere, John has either not understood some of the points made in the article or has not read it properly. Another confused reply from someone who doesn’t understand the true nature of scepticism. Excellent piece Hayley and I’d also highly recommend Ben Radford’s book – Scientific Paranormal Investigation.

You dont get it do you really?
No one claims the afterlife exists, they believe it does a slight difference.
Like the psychiatric assessment posted about you and for you. No one needs to prove it as you can see it in all your blogs and tweets and Facebook status updates.

I am just saying you obviously have a problem with men in general, gilted, or maybe worse which is a shame but you should try putting your self to some real use in this world.

Can you say you have ever saved the life of someone dieing in your arms, while in a hail of bullets… No you have done nothing, are doing nothing except turning some poor sceptic nobodies on here in to drooling fools and upsetting from what i have read people who in there own life believe they are right in what they do and believe. But i do agree there are a lot of arseholes out there praying on the weak minded and gullible……… And you are one of them.

Get a life and put you skills to something better suited.

Cleaner ? Asda worker? And you need to aort the tattoo out 42 is wrong its 72 as Douglas adams admitted in a letter to me

You state that the only things that matter are food, drink and money. it’s a shame that you don’t seem to have a grasp of the value of love, frienship or the beauty of the universe,

if you understood what you gain from simply listening to other people and learning what makes them tick, you would understand why they spend time on things other than ingestion, excretion and moneygrubbing.

The most important thing in life is squeezing all the enjoyment you can out of your life.

i don’t understand the cause of your anger, and i think you should consider who you are really angry at, help is out there.

John

@John deere.
You might want to spend a little time proof reading your rants before posting them.

John Deere – All you have demonstrated here is ignorance, illiteracy and misogyny. Instead of ad hominem attacking, try presenting evidence that supports the claims you make. I’m sure you actually realise that a fundamental tenet of every major religion (purely talking numbers, not acceptability or believability) is some form of afterlife, whether that be “heaven” or reincarnation.

“Can you say you have ever saved the life of someone dieing in your arms, while in a hail of bullets…”

Err…I suspect most people’s answer to that is no. Including Einstein, Darwin, Pankhurst…

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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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