Originally written for the Righteous Indignation Podcast
This is going to be a tricky interview to follow for readers as it was conducted in two parts. I was originally meant to conduct this interview via Skype but due to power outages at the other end of the line and technical difficulties on my part delaying things, this wasn’t possible. Due to clashing schedules we instead decided to pass the Q&A back and forth via email. Due to the amount of questions I had, I split them into two.
The first set were sent across, the answers received, and then the second set off in response to the answers received in the first set. Unfortunately the second set of questions remains unanswered. Firstly I should explain what the interview was about and why I asked Al for an interview.
I was linked to the website of the Paracorder667 by a fellow BARsoc member a while ago when they pointed out that the claims were quite interesting and grand. The gadget is just one of many sold by the US company Moditronic that they claim can help you to detect ghosts. In fact, one of the first things you read when you visit the Paracorder667 website is:
“ENERGIZES AND DETECTS GHOSTS ! EASY TO USE ! PACKED WITH TECHNOLOGY !”
Energises ghosts? How do they know how to do that? What with? How does it work? I needed to know. The rest of the site from which the $89/£56 gadget is sold is also filled with some rather impressive and bold claims, none more so than those on the ‘scientific evidence’ page. Read the rest of this entry
After they were used on the US television show Ghost Hunters, green laser pointers that fill the room with small green laser dots are fast becoming the next must have accessory on the ghost hunting scene. Various ghost hunting equipment sites stock them and say:
“This high-powered laser emits a grid of green dots useful for detecting shadows or general visual disturbances during an investigation. Set it in front of a running camera to catch potential evidence. 6x STRONGER than the imitators.
You can adjust the size and shape of the stars by turning the adjustable lens. Detach the lens and it will function as a high-powered laser pointer viewable for 8 miles!”
So the reported benefits of this green laser grid pointer are:
- Good for detecting shadows
- Good for seeing general visual disturbances
- Good for catching potential evidence when in front of a camera
Below is what the green laser grid looks like.
It’s very difficult to see why this device has any place on a paranormal investigation as there are some major flaws with it and the theory behind it.
1 – If anything, this laser device would make observing your surroundings harder.
2 – Shining a laser around in front of a camera lens is likely to cause light flares and illusions on the camera lens.
3 – Investigators would be more likely to observe illusions because of this device because not only are they standing in the dark, they’ll have laser lights all over the room messing with their eyes.
3 – It has only become popular due to being used on a paranormal television show. Ghost Hunters is a show that claims to be scientific in its approach when we know they are not, and have a very mixed up view of what science it.
4 – It would be easier to view shadows and “general visual disturbances” by turning on the lights.
Looking for ghosts in the dark
The idea that you have to look for ghosts by turning the lights in a location off is a complete myth and is only done to make the environment the investigators are in seem more scary and thrilling.
Ghost experiences and sightings are reported by people who are in all different conditions. Some have the lights off, granted, but some also see or experience weird things with the lights on, or in broad daylight. Any decent researcher knows that the best way to research such phenomena is to replicate the conditions it was experienced in. Investigating in the dark regardless of when the phenomena was witnessed, or what conditions it was witnessed in is silly and pointless.
Not only that, but turning the lights off while investigating paranormal claims causes a lot of problems. Problems such as:
- Poor vision,
- A heightened expectation for something scary to happen,
- causing people to feel on edge which makes them more likely to interpret something as spooky or scary,
- not being able to witness anything that happens correctly
- huge health and safety issues.
If you want to see shadows or any possible “general visual disturbances” little green dots are not going to help you. This is simply another pointless gadget being marketed at thrill seeking television ghost hunter fans.