Honestly, "This program is for entertainment purposes only" is what it says before most of the current glut of same haunting-every week (seriously, almost word-for-word!) and the same locations ....well, whichever "show" you watch.
"You mustn't say nasty things about Ghost Adventures because it could get cancelled!" Really?
Having watched the early group of series it seems interesting but then we learn it is NOT just "three guys, three cameras and three digi-recorders".
Then we have all this "newly invented ghost hunting equipment" -I do not in any way, shape or form accept "stick figures" or any lights going on and off as "positive proof of spirit interactions". EVPs (Electronic Voice Phenomena) -the recordings are so bad that even four people listening with volume up cannot hear what these people are claiming. Digital voice recorders are plain noisy and you'll notice the difference if you use an old reel-to-reel or even cassette recorder.
Are these recordings EVER handed over to a lab specialising in audio investigation to verify IF there ARE voices? Do these voices conform to the voice patterns of solid, living people? Any similarity to any of the investigators voices? Is there a voice but compares in no way to a human voice pattern?
EVERY piece of equipment and recording needs full investigation before it could even be accepted as anything near "evidence".
Remember all those "orbs" that were never seen on old film cameras? Sun catching a drop of rain or even lens flares. I posted my own orb photos in Some Things Strange And Sinister as well as on this blog http://terryhooper.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/phenomena-x-things-strange-and-sinister_20.html
Dust. Nothing else.
And then we had the "Rods" phenomena? Either things moving past camera or insects. Digital cameras pick up so much detail that things old film cameras might have missed are now seen. Look at the insect "rod" below.
Just check out the amount of pixel info in a digital photo of a human face compared to that in an old style film photo.
Even this Two flashes for "No" and one flash for "Yes" trick -and it IS a trick- has been exposed before now and reported on and I've even tried it myself while 'communicating' with a ...well, my question: "Are you a ten feet tall blueberry from Dimension Z?"...one second...two seconds...a flash to say "Yes"! I learnt so much about 10 feet high blueberries from Dimension Z.
An EMF meters. Electromagnetic fields are everywhere. They vary. Wiring in a house, a TV or a radio -even naturally occurring fluctuations and, yes, they do affect humans because we have our own electromagnetic fields!.
Temperature meters show that temperatures fluctuate. Well, of course they do -a draft will cause a temperature drop. Electrical equipment can warm up areas. It means nothing.
Before using infra red or any other type of equipment you need experience and to know what it might show. Images and technical info needs to be made available to experts in the equipment and the question needs to be asked: can you explain this?
Oh, it all looks nice -pretty colours, odd shapes, strange often unintelligible sounds but if any -any- of these people were really out to scientifically prove the existence of an after-life then they would be doing this.
"Gateways to Hell", "The Devil" -for crying out loud, even Satan would get the "Number of the Best" right not keep signing "666"!- "demons" it is all pure flim-flam.
I am not a skeptic that says "nay" to everything. BUT I want to see evidence. Facts. Solid data and not accept TV fantasy.
If I question claims of "monsters", "Ghosts", "UFOs" or anything strange it is because I want to PROVE the existence of these things IF they exist. It is only through truth that you get real knowledge not fantasy.