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Gadgets For the Ghosthunter

CmdrTaco posted more than 3 years ago | from the fool-and-his-money dept.

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Zothecula sent us a sad story about the gadgetry scammers use to take money from people who believe in the pretend: "In a survey conducted by CBS News in 2005, it was found that 48 percent of Americans believed in ghosts. Other surveys have put the number at anywhere from around 20 to over 50 percent. While such figures certainly don't imply that ghosts are real, they do suggest that belief in them is relatively common. When someone does suspect that a ghost is present in their home or business, they will sometimes call in "experts" to ascertain if that is, in fact, the case... and what sort of gear do these ghost hunters use to detect said spirits?"

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PKE meter (4, Funny)

bigstrat2003 (1058574) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599174)

I mean, duh. How else will you detect ghosts? Also make sure you have your proton pack and trap, to catch them once you find them!

Re:PKE meter (1)

cayenne8 (626475) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599188)

And try to avoid gettting slimmed...

Re:PKE meter (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35599202)

Easily done for most Americans...

Re:PKE meter (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35599466)

And try to avoid gettting slimmed...

Only happens when you find dyslexic ghosts.

Re:PKE meter (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35599730)

I'm fairly certain the majority of the /. population could use some slimming. I'll try to avoid getting slimed though...

Re:PKE meter (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599754)

And try to avoid gettting slimmed...

Why, did Onionhead clean out your fridge?

Re:PKE meter (1)

oliverthered (187439) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599198)

read a book written by a dead man.

Re:PKE meter (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35599686)

Shouldn't be very hard - after all, most men are dead. The living are somewhat outnumbered (about 10 : 1, IIRC).

Don't cross the streams! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35599218)

Don't cross the streams!

Re:PKE meter (4, Informative)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599254)

And whatever you do, don't cross the streams. It would be bad. Try to imagine all life as you know it stopping instantaneously and every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light.

Re:PKE meter (3, Funny)

bigstrat2003 (1058574) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599464)

Important safety tip, thanks!

Re:PKE meter (1)

WrongSizeGlass (838941) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599266)

PKE meter

Well, real ghost hunters also use a TWR report.

Re:PKE meter (2)

ArmchairGeneral (1244800) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599334)

PKE meter

Well, real ghost hunters also use a TWR report.

Along with those darned TPS reports....

Re:PKE meter (1)

WrongSizeGlass (838941) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599398)

Well, real ghost hunters also use a TWR report.

D'oh! That should be TRW ...

Re:PKE meter (3, Funny)

Ann O'Nymous-Coward (460094) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599310)

And remember, when someone asks you if you're a god, you say "YES"!

I think most of it is crap... (1)

mace9984 (1406805) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599182)

But those sound recordings played backwards still creep me out...

Re:I think most of it is crap... (1)

Seumas (6865) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599624)

It's all 100% crap. Still, I agree that "EVP recordings" sometimes make the hair on the back of my neck stand up. It's just a natural human reaction. I also get a kick out of listening to Art Bell (more so when it used to actually HAVE Art Bell, because he made it clear that he thought most of these people were nuts, but had a good time anyway -- the new guy always seemed too into it and too forgiving). It's all bullshit, but it's fun to entertain the thoughts of nutjobs and pseudo-scientists and scammers sort of the same way it's fun to entertain the stories of Piers Anthony and others.

As for suckers who buy into this crap and get scammed. Who cares? I don't feel any worse for them than I do for idiots who give 10% of their income to a religious organization to pay for their church's expenses or people who pay for psychics or the schmucks who used to attend those John Edwards readings on the Sci-Fi channel. Or those fucktards that get pet psychics.

Rob's Tiny dick (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35599190)

I use pictures of Rob's tiny dick. It makes ghosts laugh their asses off

Religion (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35599194)

All religious people believe in ghosts.

Re:Religion (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599274)

Surely you're confusing "Catholics" or "Christians", with "All Religions"??? As a Buddhist, I don't believe in ghosts.

Re:Religion (1)

Attila Dimedici (1036002) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599368)

If by ghosts you mean the disembodied souls/spirits of those who have died, then ghosts are contrary to Christian theology. So perhaps the OP meant Muslim (I do not know the Muslim position on ghosts)?

Re:Religion (1)

jandrese (485) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599570)

He may be referring to the concept of the Holy Ghost.

Re:Religion (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35599636)

Which has nothing to do with the types of ghosts the summary is quoting the percent of people believe in.

Re:Religion (4, Informative)

Wyatt Earp (1029) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599782)

Islam views ghosts and ghost sightings as pre-Islamic superstition

It is a "corrupt belief to think we will become ghosts after death. After death what will happen, will be exactly what is told by Qur'an and Ahadith."

http://www.sunniforum.com/forum/showthread.php?26432-Muslim-view-on-ghosts [sunniforum.com]

However they believe in Jinn.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jinn [wikipedia.org]

Re:Religion (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35599396)

Ghosts would be directly contradictory to Christian doctrine, and as well as the doctrines of every major religion on the planet. Think you just got trolled.

Re:Religion (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599582)

You mean that Christian doctrine about "Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost", right? I think that's what OP was referring to.

Re:Religion (1)

JordanL (886154) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599780)

Is a word play that simply displays your knowledge of English in place of your knowledge of your chosen topic supposed to be taken seriously?

Re:Religion (1)

Wyatt Earp (1029) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599790)

What about Angels and Jinn?

Re:Religion (2)

CRCulver (715279) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599418)

Many forms of Buddhism believe that the rebirth of those with especially bad karma leads to existence among the living as a ghost. In spite of some recent Western attempts to proclaim a "Buddhism without beliefs" (little more than an attempt to rewrite the whole religion so that it doesn't make us uncomfortable), the cycle of rebirths is essential across the many expressions of Buddhism.

Re:Religion (3, Informative)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599670)

Many forms of Buddhism believe that the rebirth of those with especially bad karma leads to existence among the living as a ghost. In spite of some recent Western attempts to proclaim a "Buddhism without beliefs" (little more than an attempt to rewrite the whole religion so that it doesn't make us uncomfortable)

If by Western attempts you mean well-known scholars like The Dalai Lama and Thicht Naht Hahn? Or Shunryu Suzuki or Pema Chodron?

Buddha was fairly clear about the fact that it's not intended to be a religion, and that he wasn't some supreme being. He was mortal, and expounded things that mortals should do. The pre-existing gods where Buddhism moved to didn't need to be purged wholesale, and have been incorporated/kept in many places.

Buddhism does not have a requirement in beliefe of a supernatural being, a creator god, or deification the the Buddha. Western Buddhists might differ from Buddhists from Thailand or Sri Lanka, but fundamentally, it hasn't been "rewritten" to appease us. It's fairly malleable to begin with, and if you step away from a specific cultural context, none of that is required for the rest of it.

Re:Religion (2)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599486)

As a Buddhist, I don't believe in ghosts.

Buddhism has the concept of ghosts [wikipedia.org] , but you're allowed to treat them as something you don't need to literally believe in.

Of course, reincarnation almost necessitates the existence of ghosts as the energy persists and is still in existence. Of course, the super-natural stuff can be taken as metaphor or as a concession to older superstitions and beliefs.

Oh, that and the fact that Buddhism isn't technically a religion in that there's no creator god and you don't need to believe in anything that doesn't make sense. It's more of a philosophy than a religion. (Though, in some places it still gets viewed like a religion.)

Re:Religion (1)

Attila Dimedici (1036002) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599600)

Do you, or do you not, have to believe in reincarnation to be a Buddhist? If you do have to believe in reincarnation, then you clearly have to believe in something that does not make sense.

Re:Religion (1)

ShakaUVM (157947) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599644)

>>If you do have to believe in reincarnation, then you clearly have to believe in something that does not make sense.

Why does reincarnation not make sense?

You were born once, weren't you? Why do you claim it's nonsensical to say you can't be born again (either in heaven or on this earth again)? Do you understand the process of existing so well?

Re:Religion (1)

huh_ (53063) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599746)

This is the best explanation I've ever heard regarding reincarnation.

Re:Religion (1)

Attila Dimedici (1036002) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599762)

Since according to Buddhism, the goal is to reach enlightment and therefore not be reincarnated, the fact that there are more people alive today than at any point in the past (and according to some math I have seen more people are alive today than the sum of all the people who lived before 1900), it seems that there is some logical disconnect. Shouldn't the number of living beings be steadily decreasing?

Re:Religion (1)

JordanL (886154) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599804)

I presume the answer would be something along the lines of "Absence of evidence is evidence of absence", as that's generally the justification for not considering novel points of view that may or may not fit a given situation, but lack any scientific rigor.

Re:Religion (1)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599796)

Do you, or do you not, have to believe in reincarnation to be a Buddhist? If you do have to believe in reincarnation, then you clearly have to believe in something that does not make sense.

Actually, you do not have to believe in reincarnation to be a Buddhist. It doesn't work that way.

A lot of people (myself included) don't necessarily literally believe in reincarnation, but still think of themselves as Buddhists. Some of it you're free to treat as metaphor and the like which was included because you couldn't just tell everybody their religions were wrong. Think of it as a modified version of Pascal's Wager [wikipedia.org] ... at least, that's what I do. It's a little more abstract than strict and literal reincarnation (and an entirely different reincarnation than, say, Hindus envision).

Buddhism can work in conjunction with any religion, but at it's core, it's more like a series of useful things to do to not create more suck in the world and be happier in life. And, to get rid some of your negative behaviors.

There is no "if you don't believe this you can't be a Buddhist". It's as much about cultivating self awareness and compassion as anything so specific.

You can get into some pretty funky metaphysics between the different schools, but there is room to not need to delve into some of that quite so in depth.

Re:Religion (1)

falconwolf (725481) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599706)

Buddhism isn't technically a religion in that there's no creator god

Religion does not need a creator god. Specific religions believe in one or more gods but one is not needed.

Falcon

Re:Religion (1)

srussia (884021) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599714)

...you don't need to believe in anything that doesn't make sense. It's more of a philosophy than a religion.

It's epistemologically impossible to believe something that doesn't make sense. You can parrot a verbal formulation of a "truth" over and over and say that is what you believe, but that is entirely different from believing something.

Re:Religion (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35599292)

All religious people believe in ghosts.

I don't about that but you touched on an interesting point: why is this a scam? How is this any different than preachers asking for money to help you "soul" so that you don't end up in "damnation"?

They're both make believe.

Why is selling stuff to a ghost hunter "ripping stupid people off"; whereas, selling Bibles, crosses, mats, or whatever to help people get into Heaven not a rip-off?

If folks believe in ghosts and want to buy this stuff for their own brand of spirituality, I don't see any problem.

If we're going to protect people from being taken advantage of, then we need to go after Joel Osteen and that Rick Warren guy for selling hope and ways to get to the man in the sky - and every other preacher who preaches about God and every other myth.

Re:Religion (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35599428)

I don't about that but you touched on an interesting point: why is this a scam? How is this any different than preachers asking for money to help you "soul" so that you don't end up in "damnation"?

That's not why people give money, ever since the Reformation. No matter how much money you give you don't get into heaven. You're giving as private charity to help people and to pay the bills of the institution you're attending.

Re:Religion (1)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599740)

The difference, of course, lies where a lot of crimes get defined: intent. Does the seller of the FOO believe in the FOO? Then no crime. I'm sure some people selling EMF readers believe they detect ghosts. Some probably don't. But without proof of their beliefs, intent is unprovable.

Re:Religion (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599474)

Sweet Zombie Jesus!

Re:Religion (4, Funny)

ShakaUVM (157947) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599678)

>>Sweet Zombie Jesus!

Please, please, please learn the difference between Animate Dead (3rd level spell) and Resurrection (7th level spell).

Re:Religion (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35599738)

48% believe in ghost. 95% believe in a God that they can't see either. Both are ignorant, but yet allowed to vote and run for office.

Only Thing needed (4, Insightful)

Sonny Yatsen (603655) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599210)

Ghosthunters don't need gadgets. The only thing they need is the desire and ability to separate idiots from their money.

Re:Only Thing needed (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599366)

Ghosthunters don't need gadgets. The only thing they need is the desire and ability to separate idiots from their money.

I'll not cast aspersions on Ghost Hunters, alleging they are confidence tricksters. If you really, really do believe in spooks then you'll need a thick skin to take the skeptics and a load of patience. Other than that, energy bars, water, change of clothing are always handy, because you never know where you'll be going or how long you'll be there, waiting for a manifestation to occur.

Re:Only Thing needed (1)

Monchanger (637670) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599426)

Ghosthunters don't need gadgets. The only thing they need is the desire and ability to separate idiots from their money.

I believe in this case it is the "ghosthunters" who are the idiots being separated from their money (as opposed to the "ghosthunters" on TV separating the viewers from theirs).

Re:Only Thing needed (1)

Sonny Yatsen (603655) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599518)

When someone does suspect that a ghost is present in their home or business, they will sometimes call in "experts" to ascertain if that is, in fact, the case... and what sort of gear do these ghost hunters use to detect said spirits?"

I like that Show (GH and GHI) (1)

commodore6502 (1981532) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599248)

I keep hoping Siffy's Ghost Hunters will find something, but of course they never come-up with anything solid. Oh well. I'll keep fast-forwarding through each episode, just in case they do stumble upon something.

Aside-
Of course I would have preferred they canceled GH and kept Stargate Atlantis and Battleplanet Caprica, but whatever. (shrug)

Re:I like that Show (GH and GHI) (4, Insightful)

CohibaVancouver (864662) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599308)

I'll keep fast-forwarding through each episode, just in case they do stumble upon something.

If they do actually stumble upon something real and get real evidence you don't need to wait for it on the show - It will be front-page news on every newspaper and news site in the world.

Re:I like that Show (GH and GHI) (1)

badboy_tw2002 (524611) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599698)

Yeah, seriously. I'm pretty sure the news of "ALL SCIENCE INVALID!" won't wait for that primetime special on Sighfi

Re:I like that Show (GH and GHI) (3, Insightful)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599654)

Ghost Hunters is just like Monster Hunters -- don't you think if they found concrete proof of the existence of something unusual that news of it would leak out BEFORE they aired the episode???

"gadgetry"? (5, Insightful)

grub (11606) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599264)


about the gadgetry scammers use to take money from people who believe in the pretend:

It's called a "collection plate."

Re:"gadgetry"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35599482)

Worship, not hunt .

americans are retards (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35599272)

thats the only explanation

If it said this, many would cry foul (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35599278)

Zothecula sent us a sad story about the techniques scammers use to take money from people who believe in the pretend:

"In a survey conducted by CBS News in 2005, it was found that 48 percent of Americans believed in god. Other surveys have put the number at anywhere from around 20 to over 50 percent. While such figures certainly don't imply that gods are real, they do suggest that belief in them is relatively common. When someone does suspect that god is present in their home or business, they will sometimes call in "experts" to ascertain if that is, in fact, the case... and what sort of gear do these god hunters use to detect said spirits?"

A strange statistical coincidence (1)

LordHatrus (763508) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599298)

In other news, approximately 50% of people are of lower-than-average intelligence :-)

Got a place for this? (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599304)

It's a 20 lb grain of salt.

Re:Got a place for this? (4, Funny)

f8l_0e (775982) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599506)

Apparently 48% of Americans would likely throw it over their shoulder.

Re:Got a place for this? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35599760)

According to the documentary series Supernatural, rock salt is in fact useful for dealing with ghosts and demons.

Not a scam (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35599324)

The word 'scammers' does not belong in the summary. If someone voluntarily requests a service from a ghost detection agency and receives a service that appears to detect ghosts then a commercial transaction has taken place, nothing more. No different than giving money to a priest for telling you the invisible sky wizard loves you. No scam here, just mindless gullibility.

Re:Not a scam (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35599710)

It can't be both?

Re:Not a scam (1)

John Napkintosh (140126) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599794)

My bet is they're not contracting with a detection agency whose aim is to "appear to detect ghosts". So it's still possible for them to be scammed.

Books. (1)

ElementOfDestruction (2024308) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599362)

I always just leave books around, hoping that they could be stacked inhumanely high.

SETI wins, it uses radio telescopes. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35599378)

"There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy."

What I find the most amusing about this is that, in our rush to poo-poo the "Ghost Huntards," we'll all pretend that the creation of things like the SETI project are totally, objectively scientific, and not based in any superstition or wishful thinking about the existence, friendliness, and technological capabilities of intelligent alien life.

Re:SETI wins, it uses radio telescopes. (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599680)

Scanning radio signals for unusual signals can lead to new science, even if it doesn't provide proof of extraterrestrial intelligence.

Re:SETI wins, it uses radio telescopes. (1)

cje (33931) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599774)

Apples and oranges.

Extraterrestrial intelligence, if it exists, is not (necessarily) supernatural.

Possible ghost? (2)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599380)

Wow, love the image of a possible ghost [gizmag.com] .

Nothing about that says "possible ghost" to me, but "tombstone in background with light on it" -- these people seem to be really reaching.

The few times I've tried to watch any of those ghost hunter shows it always seems like it's dramatized, or a bunch of people sitting around convinced that everything around them is proof of a ghost. "Zomg, the floor creaked".

Hard to say if it's a hoax, or people looking too hard for something, and interpreting everything they see as 'proof'. It's hard not to cynically think that someone off camera who is part of it is scuffing their feet or something.

I remain unconvinced.

Re:Possible ghost? (1)

grub (11606) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599450)


My floor had a spot that creaked all the time.

I went to the basement, put some construction adhesive along the joint, pulled the floor down and put in some screws.

I could have also called in Ghostbusters but think this was a more pragmatic approach...

There's always a stupidity tax in this world (-1, Flamebait)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599406)

And society often pays it, not just individuals. That's why we need strong support for education. You can't leave it up to "free market solves everything" magic.

Come to think of it, the existence of free market fundamentalists is yet another stupidity tax we are all paying, and needs to be cured, with "evil socialist" education.

Re:There's always a stupidity tax in this world (1)

DigiShaman (671371) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599536)

In a free market, those that wish to improve their lot in life will seek further education on their own. So if being educated is rewarded with greater potential for wealth, why do we still have idiots that look for handouts? Simple. You can lead a horse to water, but you can't force him to drink it.

Re:There's always a stupidity tax in this world (1)

kevinNCSU (1531307) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599752)

Simple. You can lead a horse to water, but you can't force him to drink it.

True, but he's stressing education and not handouts because if you build a man a fire and he'll be warm for just a few hours, but if you light a man on fire he'll be warm for the rest of his life....Though I do often get the feeling I'm not doing it right.

Re:There's always a stupidity tax in this world (2)

briansct (1857764) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599598)

The problem is Stupidity.... not capitalism, not socialism, not any "ism" just stupidity. Unfortunately, there are enough stupid people out there paired with people wishing to exploit others = our current society. Education represents the only true hope for America, unfortunately, we end up dumbing it down for the common idiot, then the effect is lost. . . Offtopic I know! Flamebait possibly sorry!

Re:There's always a stupidity tax in this world (1)

countertrolling (1585477) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599642)

That's why we need strong support for education.

What, and destroy all this beautiful chaos gifted by nature?? Conformity is not a virtue.

Re:There's always a stupidity tax in this world (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35599756)

"You can't leave it up to "free market solves everything" magic."

It seemed to work pretty well until the government you worship decided it would be a good idea to not tax corporate profits made overseas. We dump more money into education per capita than any country on earth, and we're still falling behind. I submit to you that we're falling behind because more and more people in this country are looking to the government to make their life comfortable, and so they are becoming physically and mentally lazy.

You can't destroy energy Its just a different form (1)

cpu6502 (1960974) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599412)

"When somebody dies, do they go into another dimension, with a very thin wall?" asks her partner, Ben Myckan. "I think that's sort of what it is. You can't destroy energy, it's just in a different dimension."

Says the ghost hunter in the article. Really? So does that mean when my Atari finally died in 2000-something, that it's energy still lived on? Is that why I still hear Pacman and ET sounds?

Uh. No. When the machine dies so too does it's energy. There is no atari ghost left behind, and the same is true for the carbon-based machines we call animals/human beings. The brain loses oxygen, the nerves shrivel & disconnect from one another, and the personality erases.

One reason people believe... (2)

CohibaVancouver (864662) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599432)

I think the reason many people either "believe in ghosts" or, at a minimum, lean in that direction (I'm in the latter category) is most people seem to know someone they trust who has seen or experienced something weird. In my case, my sister and several friends have seen apparitions at a rustic old resort we go stay. They have no reason to make up stories. In my case I've never seen anything, but odd stuff happens from time to time in my old house. I'll turn out all the lights before going to bed, then I'll take the dog out for his business and come back to find all the lights turned on again. In the middle of the night, with everyone asleep, I'll hear footsteps in the house and get up to find the house empty. I'll put books away in then in the morning find them lying on the floor. Ghosts? I dunno. I trust the scientific method and they say there are no ghosts. But weird? For sure.

A beating with a Reality Bat (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35599444)

By far the best tool for any "ghost" hunter.

The other kind of spirits (1)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599446)

"and what sort of gear do these ghost hunters use to detect said spirits?"

My guess is that other spirits are heavily involved, those of the distilled variety....

In a related survey (2)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599454)

It was discovered that 48% of Americans are also fucking morons.

Re:In a related survey (1)

UninformedCoward (1738488) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599666)

Unrelated, but using fucking as a verb, like I did, makes this much more funny. Albeit rather sexist.

UC

Las Vegas,... (1)

tekrat (242117) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599478)

Atlantic City, Mohegan Sun, Atlantis, yadda yadda.

Any place there is a casino there's an entire city devoted to separating gullible people from their cash. How is Ghost Hunting any different?

I can also name hundreds of products that do not work as advertised (The Sony PS3 being a prime example, Other OS anyone?), and those people that bought these products are just as blinded.

Hasn't anyone heard of P.T. Barnum?

Re:Las Vegas,... (1)

MightyYar (622222) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599668)

How is Ghost Hunting any different?

Because gambling can be fun. I'm not a big gambler, but I admit that I've dropped money in AC. I've also won money there. It gets the juices flowing and can be exciting, even though you know the odds are against you.

I know a guy who plays the lottery and is otherwise quite smart. I asked him why and he said that $1/week is a very cheap price to get his mind daydreaming about what he'd do with the money. He's not stupid or gullible, he just likes to get his juices going. :)

Ghosts? Really? (1)

mmell (832646) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599520)

Okay, so belief in ghosts pretty much requires a belief in the supernatural, including various God concepts, right? Do so many people believe the Universe is so poorly constructed?

Me, I'm not a believer; but I'm always amazed by how much power religious types insist on ascribing to their assorted devils, spooks and spirits.

Re:Ghosts? Really? (1)

Attila Dimedici (1036002) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599688)

I have seen studies (although I no longer have links to them) that said that self-professed atheists were more likely to believe in ghosts than self-professed Christians. This made sense to me since the concept of ghosts is contrary to Christian theology.

48 percent of Americans believed in ghosts (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35599534)

48 percent of Americans are idiots

Peace of mind? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35599556)

Most Americans pay for Insurance that will never have to be paid out. For some it only gives them peace of mind although many would say the insurance companies are crooks too. In fact come to think of it there are many American businesses that do not actually produce anything of value. It's just money changing hands, mostly from the middle-class to the upper-class. It's been this way since money was invented.

Well... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35599558)

So, would it be fair to state that the number of stupid people isn't going to decline, regardless of how nice that would be?

Let's, instead, encourage them to purchase various bits of legitimate scientific equipment, preferably in large lots or bulk. They'll drop the price of both new and used equipment of that sort, and at best some of them may actually discover something useful.

The best gadget is over 100 years old (1)

countertrolling (1585477) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599572)

The best gadget for making money off of people who believe anything, by far, is the radio/TV.. Look around at what's happening and tell me it ain't so.

Ghosts (1)

falconwolf (725481) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599594)

Everybody knows, er should know, ghosts are programs doing things they shouldn't do. They're bad or misbehaving.

Falcon

ghostbusters! (1)

islon (1864460) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599608)

so... who you gonna call?

Detecting around my desk (1)

Empiric (675968) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599614)

Because, as we all know, there's only one substrate that could possibly hold consciousness.

I mean, you'd have to store neural processing algorithms, lots of data, current system state...

Hold on. I'll finish that thought right after I finish copying this app to my thumb drive.

Oblig Bullwinkle (1)

seven of five (578993) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599634)

Bullwinkle: "Illee-beenie-chili-beanie. The spirits are about to speak!"
Rocky: "Are they friendly spirits?"
Bullwinkle: "Friendly? Just listen!"

Proton packs? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35599676)

Nothing like an unlicensed cyclrotron on your back.

Idiots (1)

speciesonly (1194865) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599744)

My ex is a "ghostbuster" and spend his money on this sort of crap instead of child support. The foolish can be easily persuaded to part with their money. I think IT geeks are in the wrong profession, everyone should switch to selling snake oil and ghost detectors....could make more money.

The Other Side of The Mirror (1)

b4upoo (166390) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599748)

Regardless of the nuts and all of those that prey upon the weak minded there really is something of great substance and power around us that we can not normally perceive. I wonder how many minds would crack the first time they got a really good glimpse of the other side of the mirror.

Funny thing ... (5, Insightful)

GNUALMAFUERTE (697061) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599776)

If the word "Ghost" in the article were replaced by "god", the article would still be correct, but it would have never been posted.

If I say "Ghosts aren't real", I get moderated informative. If I post "That particular Ghost you call god isn't real", I get moderated troll.

Irrational, isn't it?

Bad TV (2)

jimmerz28 (1928616) | more than 3 years ago | (#35599786)

I don't really care if people believe in ghosts, but please stop making horrible TV shows about trying to "find" them.
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