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Quirkz writes: I am a skeptic, but have friends and family who swear by their ghost stories. I have access to a supposedly haunted house and been tempted to run a proper scientific investigation. My first question is what sorts of tools or measurements would make for sensible metrics to test during a hunt? Temperature change seems to be a common one, but the other devices you'll see ghost hunters use seem pretty random. The second question is what kinds of results would it take to be "interesting"? Baseline readings at several presumably non-haunted locations seem to be obvious requirements for comparison. Once you have those, what kinds of results would it take to convince a skeptic there's something unusual going on, or demonstrate that there's not? I don't have much hope of changing the minds of those who believe, but it would be satisfying to at least be scientific about it.
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Running your own ghost investigation?

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  • Look around. If you don't see ghosts, then there aren't ghosts. If you do, then see if you can catch them on video.

    Seeing as the term "ghost" is pretty much made up, I don't see how any more specific tests could be created that aren't based on wild assumptions.

  • I am a skeptic as well and I think the whole thing is bunk. However, it seems that the common equipment "ghost hunters" use are video cameras (to capture movement of objects), cameras (to capture ghostly images), thermal cameras (supposedly because ghosts will show up better here, plus it'll show the so-called cold spots that are said to occur) and audio recorders. The audio recorders are used because some "ghost hunters" claim that you can capture ghostly sounds on there that you don't hear normally.


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