Post by moatesoates on Jan 23, 2010 11:00:47 GMT -5
Having been a corrections officer, a chaplain in a corrections environment, and counseling many people I have found that generally speaking, people LIE. That brings me to the biggest hang up with skeptics: Integrity. I am a fan of Ghost Hunters and GHI, I also watch many of the other paranormal shows. The problem I can see with each of the shows is that the vast majority of watchers don't actually personally know these people. They capture some wonderful evidence in these shows, however evidence is only as good as the integrity of those who present it. I often find myself saying, "That is either awesome evidence or an awesome fraud." I think that is where most skeptical watchers are. I tend to be a very skeptical believer (Oxymoron LOL). I have had experiences that I have found to be unexplainable, but I tend to doubt other people's stories. The reason is, by the time you here it, it has likely been embellished. Which brings me to my final point. A skeptic will always be a skeptic until he/she experiences it themselves. Even then they will still be skeptical, it doesn't matter how much evidence is presented. A skeptic will always be skeptical of someones integrity, not their evidence.
Post by Brad-LaSpirits on Jan 23, 2010 12:20:38 GMT -5
I agree with you 110%! I no longer watch any of the paranormal shows for that simple reason. As I have said several times, many of these programs feel the need to produce in order to make the show entertaining (i.e. No ghost, no ratings).
Post by moatesoates on Jan 23, 2010 16:38:49 GMT -5
I miss the old GH, where they mostly debunked and they were more interested in helping families. I do think that their heart is still there, but like you said it's about ratings. So, maybe their new mission is to bring "scientific" paranormal research more to the mainstream because of their popularity. I don't know, all I know is that I miss the old debunkers.