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#1    Alisdair.MacDonald

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 07:23 PM

I open this up to believers and skeptics alike.

While investigating the paranormal, why do ghost hunters always turn out the lights?

If you're trying to capture evidence, wouldn't it be better to keep the lights on?

Or is it something about the darkness that make ghouls and ghosts more active?

We have a natural fear of the dark as human beings. While trying to be 'scientific' (i use that word loosely) wouldn't it make more sense to eliminate the possibility of one's mind being influenced by our own imagination?


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Posted 02 May 2013 - 03:58 PM

Not to be rude, but this exact question has been posted several times (once by me hahah) fairly recently.  There really is not "good" reason other than lowering your ability to use your 5 senses.

In fact more ghost "sightings" and encounters have actually been reported in daylight hours. Maids working at bed and breakfast, tour guide strolling through the west wing of the museum etc etc.

Ghost hunters will say things like - it's quieter so there is less interference, or ghosts use "energy" to appear and it's harder to see them in light conditions.  They will give lots of reasons, none of which have basis in fact.

The TV shows do it for one reason and one reason alone, DRAMATIC impact.

What time is it? "peeas nuh burder" and Jelly time!

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Posted 02 May 2013 - 09:01 PM

View PostCakeOrDeath, on 02 May 2013 - 03:58 PM, said:

Not to be rude, but this exact question has been posted several times (once by me hahah) fairly recently.  There really is not "good" reason other than lowering your ability to use your 5 senses.

In fact more ghost "sightings" and encounters have actually been reported in daylight hours. Maids working at bed and breakfast, tour guide strolling through the west wing of the museum etc etc.

Ghost hunters will say things like - it's quieter so there is less interference, or ghosts use "energy" to appear and it's harder to see them in light conditions.  They will give lots of reasons, none of which have basis in fact.

The TV shows do it for one reason and one reason alone, DRAMATIC impact.

If you have to preface your statement with "not to be rude" then you're probably being rude, and you know it.

That is why there are moderators. To merge topics.

..but, thankfully, there is always someone like you, to let us know.


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Posted 02 May 2013 - 09:13 PM

No it really wasn't meant to be rude, just saying if you'd like further input on the topic, you can search for it!

I meant it when I said I posed the exact same question, so I was literallly not meaning to be rude.  And as it turned out, I also wasn't the first to ask that same question.  It's a very valid and logical question to ask.  Truly sorry if you thought I was "lying" or being disingeneous in my first reply.

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Posted 02 May 2013 - 09:36 PM

View PostCakeOrDeath, on 02 May 2013 - 03:58 PM, said:

Not to be rude, but this exact question has been posted several times (once by me hahah) fairly recently.  There really is not "good" reason other than lowering your ability to use your 5 senses.

In fact more ghost "sightings" and encounters have actually been reported in daylight hours. Maids working at bed and breakfast, tour guide strolling through the west wing of the museum etc etc.

Ghost hunters will say things like - it's quieter so there is less interference, or ghosts use "energy" to appear and it's harder to see them in light conditions.  They will give lots of reasons, none of which have basis in fact.

The TV shows do it for one reason and one reason alone, DRAMATIC impact.
Actually, being quieter at night vs. the day is a fact...People be sleepin'.

A skeptical believer.

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Posted 02 May 2013 - 10:28 PM

While I concede that, there is no evidence to suggest that a quieter enrvironment yields greater ghost rewards!  That's all I was alluding to.  In fact there is a good deal of evidence to suggest that when the human mind hears things when our other senses are impeded, it tends to fill in the blanks for us, with stuff like spookies!

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Posted 02 May 2013 - 11:23 PM

I suppose quieter is as good a reason I have heard so far. Although that is debatable, depending on your location.


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Posted 02 May 2013 - 11:28 PM

View PostCakeOrDeath, on 02 May 2013 - 09:13 PM, said:

No it really wasn't meant to be rude, just saying if you'd like further input on the topic, you can search for it!


Honestly though, why does it matter to you? It obviously mattered enough that you thought you'd be 'helpful' enough to remind me of the unspoken form rules? The point is, there is no reason to bring it up. Either contribute something to the thread or don't.

I'm working, something comes up and i thought I would give a quick post about the topic while I have time. I'm sorry i offended you for not properly researching the topic. You're right. That is totally on me, i will try harder next time to adhere to these strict policies. I'm just saying.


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Posted 03 May 2013 - 12:42 AM

View PostAlisdair.MacDonald, on 01 May 2013 - 07:23 PM, said:

I open this up to believers and skeptics alike.

While investigating the paranormal, why do ghost hunters always turn out the lights?

If you're trying to capture evidence, wouldn't it be better to keep the lights on?

Or is it something about the darkness that make ghouls and ghosts more active?

We have a natural fear of the dark as human beings. While trying to be 'scientific' (i use that word loosely) wouldn't it make more sense to eliminate the possibility of one's mind being influenced by our own imagination?


I believe it that light of energy they are looking for, that can only be seen in the dark.


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Posted 03 May 2013 - 12:52 AM

View Postdocyabut2, on 03 May 2013 - 12:42 AM, said:

I believe it that light of energy they are looking for, that can only be seen in the dark.

Could you elaborate a little more please?

What about shadows? Wouldn't the same work for those in reverse? Easier to see in the daylight?


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Posted 03 May 2013 - 04:51 AM

View PostAlisdair.MacDonald, on 03 May 2013 - 12:52 AM, said:



Could you elaborate a little more please?

What about shadows? Wouldn't the same work for those in reverse? Easier to see in the daylight?

I've heard some definitive reason as well. Something about energy being captured on film more easily .
Nothing to do with it being SEEN with the naked eye at all,but film capture .
Same reason EVPs are not usually heard unless recorded .

I forget the exact parameters ,but its something like that .

Edited by Simbi Laveau, 03 May 2013 - 04:52 AM.

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Posted 03 May 2013 - 05:59 AM

Here's the thing about film/cameras...they work in exactly the same manner as our eyes, so unless it's infared or starlight camera...it will also work better in light just like our eyes.

To the OP, I posted clarification about my original response, not sure why you are being such a tool, I only wanted to point you in the direction of additional conversation about YOUR topic, unless you really didnt want to read responses to your posted question?

I'm really not "that guy" I have a ton of respect for this forum and its general membership, I don't troll around spewing forum rules etc etc.  I just thought you might want to know that if you didn't get a bunch of responses in your thread, you could find some nice conjecture in previous ones.

Thanks to the others for trying to help point this out, I know this is "just" a forum but I always try to treat people here the way I would in any conversation, with respect.

Again, sincerely sorry if you took offense.

Edited by CakeOrDeath, 03 May 2013 - 06:00 AM.

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Posted 03 May 2013 - 09:43 PM

Nice post. We talj about this in my paranormal group all the time. We concluded that it is better fir there to be light. Most of the time when people witness these things it is in the light and even in the day time. Plus if something is moving around why would you want it dark so you cant see it?


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Posted 03 May 2013 - 11:04 PM

Because like most flim flam artists, they don't want you to see everything.


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Posted 03 May 2013 - 11:37 PM

Spirits don't really have a sense of time either in eternity. Most don't know anything they did not know when they were alive.

Personally i think people enjoy the rush it gives them to look for spooky things in the dark, but that doesn't necessarily mean that their fears are unfounded either?

We are at our most vulnerable in the dark, there is no doubt about that. Do they sense that?





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