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Creator of gadgets for Ghost Adventures show says he does not believe in ghosts.
The inventor says he’s built hundreds of devices and performed countless experiments over the last decade trying to understand the phenomena of EVPs and instrumental transcommunication. “The unmistakable conclusion,” he wrote. “It is us, we are the ghosts.”

GhostSo there. Chappell tried, it didn’t work. Good on him for admitting it. Yet,the Ovilus 5 still sells for $335 in the online store. Ghost hunters continue to be played by promoters of these ghost tech gadgets. Regardless of the admission by Chappell that we create the ghosts, believers will continue to use the device because it’s dramatic and provides results, albeit worthless. Those blips, blinks and snippets of words are interpreted as something greater, a giant unwarranted wishful leap in conclusions. They enhance the belief in communication beyond death. It’s a dream, it’s not real. And Chappell just admitted it.
http://doubtfulnews.com/2016/10/creator-...in-ghosts/
When the creator admits it's useless and people still cling to it, who really is the close minded one?
(10-31-2016 09:31 AM)starpixie Wrote: [ -> ]When the creator admits it's useless and people still cling to it, who really is the close minded one?

It is not a uncommon scenario. If I can find it, I'll post a Parapsychology paper here later.
If you take a group of people who believe in psychic entertainment & tell 50% of them it's a magician & not really a psychic entertainer & around 50% of those told it's fake will through various methods not believe it.
(10-31-2016 09:58 AM)Janus Wrote: [ -> ]If you take a group of people who believe in psychic entertainment & tell 50% of them it's a magician & not really a psychic entertainer & around 50% of those told it's fake will through various methods not believe it.

Not seeking to point the finger or insult anyone here, but you can observe that here sometimes. I'm still amazed that so many people believe in crop circles after so many of them have been shown to be done by hoaxers. Some of them I can understand as they are pretty amazing, but I don't think the crop circle that looked like Hello Kitty was done by aliens.
Papers..
Mind setting or the Einstellung Effect. This is where we resolve problems, not based upon what we see, but due to past experience.

http://cdp.sagepub.com/content/19/2/111

Quote:The eye movements of expert players trying to solve a chess problem show that the first idea that comes to mind directs attention toward sources of information consistent with it and away from inconsistent information. This bias continues unconsciously even when players believe they are looking for alternatives. The result is that alternatives to the first idea are ignored. This mechanism for biasing attention ensures a speedy response in familiar situations, but it can lead to errors when the first thought that comes to mind is not appropriate. We propose that this mechanism is the source of many cognitive biases, from phenomena in problem solving and reasoning to perceptual errors and failures in memory.

Priming. This is where someone is presented with something, that may or may not be true. But they follow that priming. Think being told we are on a ghost walk / hunt, as a blatant example. But magicians use mush more subtle priming than that & for that think Derren Brown.

http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/1...01542/full

http://www.jstor.org/stable/1386128?orig...b_contents
Other methods of explaining it. Errors in Thinking
Cognitive Errors, Wishful Thinking and Sacred Truths
http://www.humantruth.info/thinking_errors.html
http://homepage.univie.ac.at/andreas.her...bility.pdf

This is the paper I was thinking of.

Quote: This paper describes two experiments which investigate the effects of pseudo-psychic demonstrations (i.e. conjuring tricks which could be misinterpreted as genuine paranormal phenomena). In the first study, a
demonstration of a supposed medium was presented to 91 subjects individually, in which the playing card selected by a subject was identified ‘‘telepathically’’. It was found that hypnotic suggestibility and belief in paranormal phenomena had a large effect on how the demonstrations were assessed. Suggestible persons or believers in paranormal phenomena were more impressed by a phenomenon and were more likely to rule out the possibility of fraud than were persons who were less suggestible or believed less in paranormal phenomena. In the second study, two trick demonstrations were shown. In each case, half the subjects were given the information that this was a magic trick, and the other half were told that this was a paranormal demonstration by a medium. The results with respect to belief in paranormal phenomena confirm the results of Study 1. Believers in paranormal phenomena, as compared with sceptics, tended to view the demonstrations as examples of paranormal phenomena, regardless of the information they had received, they tended to rule out the possibility of fraud and had a greater tendency to react with amazement. Interrogative suggestibility had no effect.
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