If you watch any of the paranormal theme television programs like “Ghost Hunters” on the SyFy channerl or “Ghost adventures” on the Travel Channel, or visit many of the paranormal theme websites on the internet today you can find lots of so called evidence that claims to be proof of the existence of ghosts and the paranormal. Many of these websites offer audio files of what are called EVPs or electronic voice phenomena, which you may listen to. There are also many instances of images of what are purported to be those of real ghosts or some other paranormal phenomena. And there are also many sites that offer video images of what they claim to be evidence for, and even proof of paranormal activity. The purpose of this article is not to try and debunk these claims or to provide evidence that they are faked. The reason I am not attempting to debunk these claims is simply because some of these videos, images or EVP’s may be real and are exactly what they are proclaimed to be.
The reason I am writing this article is with the hope that those who do view these pieces of evidence of the paranormal will do so with a bit of a critical or skeptical eye. And not just buy into the reality of the paranormal based simply on this type of evidence. There is a good reason that much of this type of evidence is not allowed in a court of law. It is simply because it is too easily fabricated, altered or faked using computer image and photo editing software programs.
Most people who are somewhat familiar with computer technology know that it is relatively easy to edit images using programs such as photo-shop or a similar photo editing software programs. It is also quite easy to alter audio files with similar programs and video files can be easily altered with CG (computer graphics) software.
Watch and enjoy these paranormal or ghost programs, visit the paranormal and ghost websites, view and listen to the evidence that’s presented and make up your own mind as to the authenticity of this evidence. But do view it with a critical eye, and do maintain an open and curious mind. Some of it may be real, but I am also quite certain that some is not.
By: Martin Burns http://www.openmindedskeptic.net