History Headscratchers / GhostHunters

23rd Apr '15 12:58:42 AM jormis29
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* This is mainly a gripe with ''International'', but I think it's popped up on the original series as well, and it always bugs me on ''DestinationTruth'', too. When they travel overseas to find ghosts, why do they ''speak English'' during EVP sessions? The guys on ''GhostAdventures'' are a team of total bros who are downright embarrassing to watch as they jump at shadows, but at least they have the decency to ask Italian ghosts questions ''in Italian'', for chrissakes.

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* This is mainly a gripe with ''International'', but I think it's popped up on the original series as well, and it always bugs me on ''DestinationTruth'', ''Series/DestinationTruth'', too. When they travel overseas to find ghosts, why do they ''speak English'' during EVP sessions? The guys on ''GhostAdventures'' ''Series/GhostAdventures'' are a team of total bros who are downright embarrassing to watch as they jump at shadows, but at least they have the decency to ask Italian ghosts questions ''in Italian'', for chrissakes.
4th Jun '14 11:59:07 AM AbraSliver
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* Why did Grant leave?

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** The initial premise was that they would attempt to debunk the claims. Hence, the confirmation bias was initially inverted: if some piece of evidence is questionable, they are more than likely to toss it out.
* Why did Grant leave? leave?
** Multiple seasons, over a hundred episodes not only doing the same thing, sharing the spotlight with someone else...Why wouldn't he leave?
15th Jan '14 1:06:34 PM jkrfan7
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* Why did Grant leave?
9th Sep '12 7:06:37 PM doberdog
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** The Edgerly House case was primarily an exercise in debunking as they attributed the homeowner's uneasy feeling to chemicals and mold found in the basement as well as an open fuse box underneath the main staircase inside the house.
5th Sep '12 11:11:51 AM dizzle229
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** Since the investigators already believe in the paranormal, then to some degree, yes. But keep in mind that they do actually try to debunk things on the show, though much more frequently early on in the series. The two lead investigators being plumbers meant that they were able to debunk a number of "ghostly sounds" that could be attributed to pipes.
4th Aug '12 1:50:57 PM derpedyderpyderp
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* Wouldn't these Ghost Hunters be subject to Confirmation Bias? Practically any neutral phenomenon they encounter will be interpreted as supernatural activity, due to their perceptions being colored by their beliefs in the paranormal. Really, it would be more interesting if there was a show with people trying to BUST ghostly activity with objective evidence, controlled experiments, field tests, and devices with actual validity and reliable measures (this troper took a pseudoscience course, so she's always miffed by these kinds of shows).

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* Wouldn't these Ghost Hunters be subject to Confirmation Bias? Practically any neutral phenomenon they encounter will be interpreted as supernatural activity, due to their perceptions being colored by their beliefs in the paranormal. Really, it would be more interesting if there was a show with people trying to BUST ghostly activity with objective evidence, controlled experiments, field tests, and devices with actual validity and reliable measures (this troper took a pseudoscience course, so she's always miffed by these kinds of shows). In fact, why not have a show where both ghost hunters and skeptics participate in the adventures and battle out on their respective theories and ideas?
4th Aug '12 1:49:29 PM derpedyderpyderp
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* Wouldn't these Ghost Hunters be subject to Confirmation Bias? Practically any neutral phenomenon they encounter will be interpreted as supernatural activity, due to their perceptions being colored by their beliefs in the paranormal. Really, it would be more interesting if there was a show with people trying to BUST ghostly activity with objective evidence, controlled experiments, field tests, and devices with actual validity and reliable measures (this troper took a pseudoscience course, so she's always miffed by these kinds of shows).
24th Apr '12 5:25:44 AM movie007
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** All ghosts speak English [[WebOriginal/AtopTheFourthWall Don't you know anything about science?]]

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** All ghosts speak English [[WebOriginal/AtopTheFourthWall [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Don't you know anything about science?]]



** for Example, i notice that on the Paranormal Investigation page, when the phrase Non-Fiction is used, its used in quotation marks, which honestly, is kind of an asshole move unless people can say for sure whether its staged or not. the best i can find is people simply claiming its staged and then deriding people who claim it isn't, usually providing less evidence than the show itself. Wiki does have a small section on Ghost Hunters Wiki page about "staged Scenes" but its little more than "allegations". if anybody can provide anything definitive, that'd be nice.

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** for Example, i notice that on the Paranormal Investigation page, when the phrase Non-Fiction is used, its used in quotation marks, which honestly, is kind of an asshole move unless people can say for sure whether its staged or not. the best i can find is people simply claiming its staged and then deriding people who claim it isn't, usually providing less evidence than the show itself. Wiki does have a small section on Ghost Hunters Wiki page about "staged Scenes" but its little more than "allegations". if anybody can provide anything definitive, that'd be nice.nice.
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13th Mar '12 4:31:20 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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** All ghosts speak English [[AtopTheFourthWall Don't you know anything about science?]]

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** All ghosts speak English [[AtopTheFourthWall [[WebOriginal/AtopTheFourthWall Don't you know anything about science?]]
27th Sep '11 11:32:20 PM cyclopsman
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* So I've been looking around the net and trying to find out how much of this show, if any, is actually staged. i mean, the whole "i'm very uncomfortable" or "i'm feeling cold" or something of that nature, where one of the investigators just says they feel something might be a real sensation and an investigative tool (after all, nobody even knows if "ghosts" exist, or anything much about the phenomena around them, like EVP and whatnot) but for a viewer it can easily be inferred that they're simply faking it for the audience reaction. i'm more curious about the videos of weird shit moving or the EVP recordings where a voice is clearly heard. it would be similarly easy to fake, but at the same time, it would be very low to fake it. what i'm asking is, is it completely staged, right down to the evidence, or do they really investigate and turn up stuff. if that question can't be answered, can someone answer if they're allowed to do that (that is, fake it all entirely and tell the viewers its real; that has to be false advertising.)

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* So I've been looking around the net and trying to find out how much of this show, if any, is actually staged. i mean, the whole "i'm very uncomfortable" or "i'm feeling cold" or something of that nature, where one of the investigators just says they feel something might be a real sensation and an investigative tool (after all, nobody even knows if "ghosts" exist, or anything much about the phenomena around them, like EVP and whatnot) but for a viewer it can easily be inferred that they're simply faking it for the audience reaction. i'm more curious about the videos of weird shit moving or the EVP recordings where a voice is clearly heard. it would be similarly easy to fake, but at the same time, it would be very low to fake it. what i'm asking is, is it completely staged, right down to the evidence, or do they really investigate and turn up stuff. if that question can't be answered, can someone answer if they're allowed to do that (that is, fake it all entirely and tell the viewers its real; that has to be false advertising.))
** for Example, i notice that on the Paranormal Investigation page, when the phrase Non-Fiction is used, its used in quotation marks, which honestly, is kind of an asshole move unless people can say for sure whether its staged or not. the best i can find is people simply claiming its staged and then deriding people who claim it isn't, usually providing less evidence than the show itself. Wiki does have a small section on Ghost Hunters Wiki page about "staged Scenes" but its little more than "allegations". if anybody can provide anything definitive, that'd be nice.
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