Mr. Ghost: How gullible do you think I am?

There may be no end to people who think ghosts are something you can detect with some gadget. Pair that with the people who will too easily plop down a few bucks for a smartphone app and you got yourself a money maker.

Mr. Ghost iPhone EMF detector for hunting hauntings

Whether you believe in ghosts or not, it takes a lot of equipment to look for them. Rather than invest in a ton of gear like an electric charge detector, full-spectrum camcorder, night vision goggles, and an EVP mic, you can get started with ghost hunting for a $20 Mr. Ghost pledge on Kickstarter.

The Mr. Ghost EMF detector consists of an app and an antenna that plugs into the headphone jack on your iPhone. Mr. Ghost’s maker suggest using it to check out electromagnetic radiation coming from appliances, your car, or whatever is under your bed.

This device was funded for $7000 via a Kickstarter campaign. Why would CNET promote such a ridiculous device? Why are you saying that “it takes a lot of equipment to look for them [ghosts]”? That’s just what they WANT you to believe. It’s not the truth. Looking for ghosts isn’t even the right goal to start out with. Most haunting cases have poorly formulated “problems” based on nebulous stories that others have related often secondhand. It’s a whole line of dubiousness from the get go. File under pseudoscience nonsense. A silly piece of plastic on your phone just makes you look gullible. Try investigating real causes, not imagining supernatural ones.

Finally, the first paragraph mentions TAPS (Albuquerque) that isn’t the famous TAPS (The Atlantic Paranormal Society – THE Ghost Hunters from TV) and I can’t help but wonder why they didn’t get sued.

Tip: CFI’s The Morning Heresy

  4 comments for “Mr. Ghost: How gullible do you think I am?

  1. December 5, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    TAPS has various affiliates around the country (world?) that can use the name. Apparently that’s where they recruit their some of their ‘investigators’, or send the ones that aren’t TV friendly.

  2. One Eyed Jack
    December 5, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    “There may be no end to people who think ghosts are something …”

    You need to stop that sentence right there.

  3. December 5, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    I’m pretty sure they can’t use the name. They can call themselves an affiliate or part of the TAPS family which is process by which they are qualified and accepted. In this case, it just so happens the acronym worked out but I’d bet TAPS people don’t much like it.

  4. Massachusetts
    December 6, 2012 at 1:00 AM

    Wouldn’t most appearances of “TAPS” in the media benefit them as free publicity? They just need the buzz to keep humming so people keep the in mind (even if a dubiously related group is involved) so they are more likely to tune into their show and keep them in business.

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