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Hungry Ghost Month

The Ever Growing Sophistication Of Paranormal Investigation


By Mister X


Since so many Paranormal Programs fill our televisions, Web sites, Blogs today. And Radio programs fall into the category of exposing the supernatural and paranormal world as a drive time poke at us. This has certainly caused the research and study to become less natural. We as real researchers ness to especially make it seem less naive and more worldly. But with what the public wants and desires that is another issue.

I am not saying by any means that the science of ghost hunting has become so impure or adulterate that we need to refocus it. But we need solely to openly make more complex decisions about where this is all leading to. Paranormal research needs to be more inclusive; refined. We need to weed out the persons who look at it as just something to do when their bored. Or the ones that are just trying to make a get rich quick deal off of unsuspecting would be Ghost Hunters.

We as the researchers into the world of real hauntings today need to take the process or result of becoming more cultured, knowledgeable, in our pursuits. Or we will all become soon to disillusioned as those in the past did so readily. Especially with trend that television and the internet radio shows are leading us to. We must take on a new mind set. The mind of scientific cultivation, and become naturally more urbane.

When you study ghosts the processes and the learning curve or results make our research more complex, developed, or subtle. But if all you have to go by is what you hear and see on shows like Ghost Hunters And Most Haunted then your really out of the loop. We all need to sit back now and use subtly deceptive reasoning or argumentation to realize that Paranormal Investigative research has gotten to far out of hand. Or at least in the wrong hands as those that the general public so chose to follow and believe.


I often listen to the sophism of today's current Paranormal teen idols. They often present the argument of why they are the best at what they do. And more then apparently correct in form, but as we in the field know actually invalid. Especially when their evidence is contrived and such a platform as their internet interviews are manufactured as such an argument used to deceive their followers.


"But the man who has attained enlightenment sees that the apparent reality is mere illusion, or, as was said a couple of thousand years later, that there is nothing good nor bad but thinking makes it so."

... 1893, Thomas Huxley, Evolution and Ethics,

The Definition to the word "Paranormal" in Merriam-Webster dictionary on line:

PARANORMAL: not scientifically explainable : see: supernatural

SUPERNATAURAL: of or relating to an order of existence beyond the visible observable universe; especially : of or relating to God or a god, demigod, spirit, or devil

2 a: departing from what is usual or normal especially so as to appear to transcend the laws of nature b: attributed to an invisible agent (as a ghost or spirit)

A real sci-fi-comedy

Should we not be calling ourselves Supernatural Investigators instead? Or has the word been so over played that many think it makes us look unsophisticated? Do we because of a real plumbers who hunt for ghosts in their spare time, come across as the misfit parapsychology research professors that specialize in ghosts?

The general Paranormal public needs real enlightenment or a basic ghost hunting education. We all know this but so many present it as a life of glory and fame that we as the real researchers have been lost in the haunted scuffle. Why can't we consider the age old concept in religious mysticism, philosophy and psychology related to achieving clarity of perception, reason and knowledge. We the real Paranormal People need to cultivate intellectual worldliness; savoir-faire like the many supposed paranormal people on television today. They have taken our science and study and turned it into a haunted circus. They in course and direction and deceptive logic; sophistry, have lead many into dangerous territory and we know it. Should they not be teaching the actual study of the scientific methods of ghost investigation principles and criteria of valid inference and demonstration. Rather then being so egotistical Paranormal Superstars?


 Ghostbusters is a comedy film franchise created in 1984. The two films center around a group of eccentric New York City parapsychologists who investigate and capture ghosts for a living. The first film was simply titled Ghostbusters, and was released on June 8, 1984 by Columbia Pictures. The film became a pop culture phenomenon, leading to a sequel, three animated television shows, a novel, a comic series, various video games, a large number of action figures, a theme park attraction, and other merchandise.

The concept of the first film was inspired by Dan Aykroyd's own fascination with the paranormal, and it was conceived by Aykroyd as a vehicle for himself and friend and fellow Saturday Night Live alum John Belushi. Aykroyd came up with Ghostbusters after reading an article about quantum physics and parapsychology in the American Society of Psychical Research Journal and then watching movies like Ghostchasers. Aykroyd thought, "Let's redo one of those old ghost comedies, but let's use the research that's being done today. Even at that time, there was plausible research that could point to a device that could capture ectoplasm or materialization; at least visually.

The original story as written by Aykroyd was much more ambitious -- and unfocused -- than what would be eventually filmed; in Aykroyd's original vision, a group of Ghostbusters would travel through time, space and other dimensions taking on huge ghosts (of which the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man was just one of many). Also, the Ghostbusters wore S.W.A.T.-like outfits and used wands instead of Proton Packs to fight the ghosts; Ghostbusters storyboards show them wearing riotsquad-type helmets with movable transparent visors. The original draft of the script written by Aykroyd was very large, compared to a "phone book" by director Ivan Reitman

Ghostbusters III is a proposed project. During his interview with Mike McGuire on CISN Country 103.9 FM in Edmonton, Alberta, Dan Aykroyd announced that Ghostbusters III: Hellbent will be CGI. "I can do all the things I wanted to do for much, much less money," he stated. Aykroyd wrote the script, which was described by IGN as being "too technical", with a new team of Ghostbusters that were not clearly delineated and had no group conflict or leading personalities. Bill Murray has been thought to have held up the making of a third Ghostbusters movie, despite Aykroyd's enthusiasm, due to his preference that the movie be animated and his dislike of sequels. However, he has now signed on to make the movie now that it will be CGI. Harold Ramis is already attached. Sigourney Weaver has not expressed enthusiasm at doing another sequel. ] Harold Ramis mentioned in 2005 that he wanted Ben Stiller to take Bill Murray's part in the then titled Ghostbusters in Hell. The plot was to follow the three Ghostbusters attempting to find a replacement for Bill Murray's character while dealing with ghosts rejected from hell. Aykroyd later elaborated, now that Murray is on board, that in the movie "We go to the hell side of Manhattan, downtown, Foley Square. It's all where the cops are--they are all blue minotaurs. Central Park is this huge peat mine with green demons there, surrounded by black onyx thousand-foot high apartment buildings with classic red devils, very wealthy. We go and visit a Donald Trump-like character who is Mr. Sifler. Luke Sifler. Lu-cifer. So we meet the devil in it". ] Jason Reitman, the son of Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman, has stated that he has little interest in directing the movie. . He was a guest on The Howard Stern Show on April 10, 2008; when he was asked if he would direct Ghostbusters 3 and cast Howard, he said "do you know how many times I get asked if I want to do Ghostbusters 3? Looking at my career so far, I mean if you just looked at my two films, I would make the most boring Ghostbusters movie. It would just be people talking about ghosts, there wouldn't be any ghost-busting in it." Recently, Ernie Hudson told Moviehole.net, that Ghostbusters III is still very much a possibility. He said he hoped that the new video game would generate renewed interest in a 3rd Ghostbusters film. The February 2008 copy of Total Film magazine has stated that the game will use the plot devices of the third film, quoting Aykroyd as saying, "This is essentially the third movie". All old cast members have been signed on to the video game aside from Rick Moranis and Sigourney Weaver.

In an interview with Gameinformer, Aykroyd stated that the up coming Ghostbusters video game would be "as closest to a third movie that you can get."

Cultural impact

The video game Doom retooled to look like Ghostbusters was a popular game modificationGhostbusters has had many instances of popularity and parody in popular culture since the first movie's release.

The building that was Dana Barrett's apartment building in Ghostbusters has, since the release of the film, been known as the Ghostbusters Building.

A group of credit unions have used the Ghostbusters symbol on their ATMs to promote their surcharge-free banking privileges.

An anti-anthrax gel was created under the name of "Project ectoplasm" after the paranormal slime substance from the franchise.

References have been made to Ghostbusters in many other films, such as Superbad, in which a character has a Real Ghostbusters lunchbox.

The movie Be Kind Rewind includes an extensive sequence in which Jack Black, Mos Def and others recreate the first Ghostbusters movie.[46] Using props and costumes made by themselves, including Christmas tree tinsel as the streams from their proton packs, and a version of the theme sang by Jack Black.

In the movie Casper, Dan Aykroyd reprises his role of Ray Stantz in a brief cameo. Upon exiting the Harvey's haunted mansion, he says "Who you gonna call? Somebody else!", an obvious reference to the film's catchphrase.

In the TV show Family Guy, Peter says "I remember my first summer job." This is followed by a short sequence where a younger version of Peter in a Ghostbuster jumpsuit drives up to a house in the Ectomobile and rushes inside, interrupting the pottery scene from the movie Ghost by capturing the ghost of Sam, and telling Molly "That'll be $27.50."

Another instance is in the episode where Peter loses his driver's license. Trying to pass the time, Peter hides in the refrigerator. When Lois opens the fridge door, Peter says, "There is no Peter, only Zuul."


Many of today's writes of books and articles and Paranormal group web sites deem themselves experts in the field today. Amd Many or from the true Ghost Busters era and because of the films success modle them selves after their hero's And so just to cash in on the craze so was born Ghost Hunters (TAPS) and to many real resrches and those that truly believe in psu sience as Akroyd does hate the teams ill fated glory.

Many groups, writers and Paranormal people in general, (And I am not naming names, but you know who you are!) play supernatural games with the public. They pelt us with ghost hunting falsification or contamination of the logical understandings that we as the true researchers know as facts not fictions. Do you the public think that the paranormal community has the ability to do or say what is appropriate for the occasion. I don't.

I am sad to report in going over many web sites of groups including the big names I find that the Know-How is certainly lost. Where and why has the knowledge and skill to be able to (do something correctly) like hunt for real ghosts. And it's many serious dangers been so out rightly and obviously ignored?


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