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PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2011 1:41 pm 
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Now that 'ghost hunting' has become a national pass time, and more and more groups are holding regular 'paranormal experience' nights, has serious investigation been damaged? Discuss.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2011 11:30 am 
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No. Ghost hunting has always been a national pass-time. The Victorian held regular seances. It comes from Darwinism and a desire for death not to be final (which I don't believe it is.)

Ghost Hunting is like every other pass time. I like Scuba Diving but I don't have a PADI Dive master. Those guys are the experts. Where there's a problem is, with all the Ghost Hunters hunting, there are limited places where real paranormal activity can be observed. We can all get into the sea but we can't all get in the haunted Cumberland Arms for example.

One group can be "serious investigators" and work on that reputation while another group will be seen as amateurs having fun.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2011 2:41 pm 
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The damage done stems from locations now expecting £300+ in many cases to actually investigate their property, meaning that while commercial entertainment companies can afford the fee, small non-profit research groups can't.

Its a very frustrating situation where potential real research can't be undertaken because some companies are willing to pay large sums of money to run around with dowsing rods and ouija boards.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2011 2:48 pm 
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Its such a shame, because in the US, the investigators ar epaid to investigate the property but the owners.

Maybe just maybe we need to boycott places that charge massively inflated rates?

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2011 9:11 am 
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I totally agree Tony. There are certainly different types of Paranormal Groups.

• Purely 'entertainment' groups that take people to locations for paranormal experiences.

• Small non-profit groups with a genuine interest in the investigation of the paranormal

• And a glut of groups that claim to be one type of group but are in fact closer to the other type.

The venues don't differentiate between these groups and a boycott won't work as long as there are teams willing to pay the prices, take a load of strangers with them to cover their costs and still claim to be doing a proper investigation.

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