There is a new “professional” team of Ghost Hunters in Auckland. They had a live tweeting of an “emergency” investigation on the 5th February, at night of course.
Anyway I was on twitter and I was following their commentary. And of course I asked one question too many, well I asked a couple of questions but mostly I was being wildly critical. The result was they “blocked me”
The emergency was at one of their own team houses, a 16 year old “new” house where Heather from Henderson lives , “She has lived in a haunted house as a child, and now lives in another haunted house; complete with ghost cat and a Shadow Person“. So straight off the bat you have someone convinced there is a “ghost” and they are taking part in the investigation.
But that’s ok because “She has an analytical mind, which is good for debunking”
So then to the science.
They use an Iphone app iOvilus - which is listed under “Entertainment” on the Itunes Store. It has a 1000 word dictionary and it listens to the environment and then comes up with a word
“The iOvilus is based on the same method of ITC communications as the highly controversial Ovilus. The iOvilus produces speech based on changes to sensors in the iPhone or iPod Touch. Simply, the idea is that an outside force can affect a change that registers a response. Instrumental Trans Communications “ITC” is not new, however, the methods used to try and achieve it are changing greatly.”
The Ovilus, or Puck, is an electronic speech-synthesis device which utters words depending on electromagnetic waves in the air, by using an EMF Meter. The device was created by Bill Chappell, a retired electronics engineer interested in the paranormal who creates devices for the field.
Due to the random nature of the replies, many paranormal research groups have stopped using the Ovilus because too much is left to chance. It is posited that a person could pull random words out of a hat and get the same response as what comes out of the Ovilus. Many liken it to an electronic 8 Ball or Ouija Board
They also cracked out the scientific dowsing Rods
To say that I’m less than impressed is to make a huge understatement. To block someone from twitter because they are being contrary to your beliefs isn’t professional that’s just not engaging in a conversation with you, and that’s not science is it?
The Photographs: I’m going to add some of the pictures they posted on twitpic, I’ll include the links so you can see for yourself.
I give you the links here : Ghosts Of Auckland presents
#Ghosthunt#Paranormal above Jennifer’s head http://twitpic.com/8fzwax
#Paranormal#Ghosthunt still there… http://twitpic.com/8fzv0b
#Paranormal#Ghosthunt Andrew has a hitchhiker… http://twitpic.com/8fzugt
Big orb #Ghosthunthttp://twitpic.com/8fzdw8
http://twitpic.com/8fzatx – 3 orbs, in a line going across the entry to the closet
#Ghosthunt orb wth ripples? http://twitpic.com/8fzcpn
#Ghosthunt here’s a nice orb! http://twitpic.com/8fzatx
So you’ll see all the “orbs” are in the same plane and all the same size in all the photos. But they are “orbs” of course. Of course. Not light on the lens, a reflection or anything mundane but proof positive.
I’ll leave it there as I’m laughing too much and I’ll end with a few snippets of an “investigation” courtesy of the Ghost of Auckland Website
Q. Why mention this? IS it to prove that you are sceptical or analytical – “A few EVP sessions were done, to which I don’t know the results as yet. I sat in the corner at one time and felt an icy cold spot to the right of me. I checked around and noticed the window behind me, so I’ve put it down to that.”
Q. Really, this happened without corroboration or independent witness, or replication? “On first opening the door to the kitchen during the walkthrough, a shadow was seen darting into the corner. So some of us had quite an interest in this room. Later on I was in this room by myself. As I sat there in the dark, I heard what sounded like running water and a dripping noise. I shone my torch to where the noise was and saw there was a sink there. I checked the sink and there were signs that there never has been running water in it for years. Dry!! I later found that the tap doesn’t work either. This is a possible paranormal event. “
Q. Again the Question is “You’ve gone here expecting a result” “I was leading a team member to where the next spirit could be and I sensed that the study is where there was one [...] I started to feel energy building at the back of my head, which is a signal that someone wanted me to channel them [...] The chill then backed off. We later left, and I said I got the impression that the spirit was of an older male, taller, had white hair and beard, 60s to 70s. In the base office I saw a photograph of the family and pointed out the picture of the Reverend Lush himself. This picture was the spitting image of the person I sensed”
It beggars belief, and should end with “Which I hadn’t seen before or anything, and as I had no expectation of seeing, sensing or having an “event” I can’t explain how this happened”
So there you have it, science in action, involving people who want to and firmly belive in ghosts, spirits and the paranormal as seen on TV.