Thursday, 15 August 2013

Capturing a ghost - The chance has passed

With the advent of the computer age, virtually anyone with a PC, a bit of software and a modicum of knowledge can now fake any picture or video. With software getting more and more sophisticated, it is now virtually impossible to spot a really good faker. Most of the old ghostie pictures were quite crude double exposures. All you needed was a reasonable SLR camera, a tripod, a cable release and a dark room to make some spectacular looking ghost pics. I made dozens of these things when I was in my twenties. They were great for fooling the unsophisticated.

The point I am trying to make is this. Is there actually any concrete, 100% foolproof way of presenting any sort of evidence to prove beyond any shred of a doubt that ghosts exist? Before people start offering up orb pictures and EVP's, these too can be faked or doctored. All you need to make some great EVP's is to stand in another room from your recorder and speak in a quiet, gruff voice, whilst at the same time have a couple of friends speak at the same time in the same room as the recorder as if they were carrying out an investigation. You then just claim that during the conversation you didn't hear it.

Please believe me when I say I am not being a cynic. There are a lot of people out there who love to be the centre of attention, and twice as many wanting to believe anything that the fakers say. All this goes back to the victorian seance tricksters. Nothing changes, merely the mode of operation. This is actually sad and quite annoying, as any genuine evidence that is captured is then under massive scrutiny and subjected to skepticism.
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