Make no mistake, ghosts don't exist. How do I know? Because Rick Paulas tells us so:
There is no such thing as ghosts.I am so glad he's cleared that up. All this time, all these years. all those experiences, the photographs, the voices, the objects moving through the air, the equipment failure, the hot spots, the cold spots, the smells, the orbs, the electronic manifestations, the ectoplasm ... and I was wrong. "Ghosts don't exist." So ... simple.
There's a spiffy chart too, with the Ghost Hunter formula neatly layed out. It's also terribly snarky, with explanations under the label "the truth."
True, most of the ghost shows have a similar format. As Paulas writes:
Ghost Hunters have a certain rhythm. Members of the Atlantic Paranormal Society enter a rickety building. They interview the owners, set up some high tech cameras, and then spend the night asking a ghost to “give us a sign.”
Ghost Adventures and many other ghost shows do the same. I get irritated at the amount of ghost hunting equipment and choosing off of ghosts: so ridiculous and disrespectful, as well as irresponsible. But all those shows exist for one reason: profit for the network and producers. As long as Ghost Hunters, etc. bring in money and ratings no one cares about the particulars. That doesn't mean that ghosts don't exist.
Sure, it's formula and a lot chest banging. Dudes with machines; always cracks me up. Some shows are more subdued, like Paranormal State, but that show depresses me, and I don't care for the overtly Christian perspective of the show. On the other hand, PS brings in mediums a lot, like Chip Coffey, which is good. More ghost hunting shows need to do that (and they are, just not enough in my opinion.)
Don't believe in ghosts, one's opinion. But stating as if it's fact they don't exist is both ignorant and arrogant. That kind of self satisfied skeptoid stance isn't any different than the religious zealot who insists their dogma is the only truth.
My Ghost TV article for Binnall of America