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Dan Aykroyd on new show 'Hotel Paranormal'

Posted on Thursday, 21 May, 2020 | Comment icon 38 comments

Aykroyd has a keen interest in the paranormal. Image Credit: YouTube / T and E
The writer and actor is certainly no stranger to the unexplained and neither, it turns out, is his family.
As co-writer and cast member of the hit 1984 supernatural comedy 'Ghostbusters', Dan Aykroyd has always been associated with the subject of ghosts, however what isn't as well known is that, behind the scenes, his connections with the paranormal are even more significant than they are on-screen.

His own family has a long history with spiritualism, including his great-grandfather - a spiritualist who once corresponded with Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle on the subject.

Aykroyd himself was exposed to stories of the unexplained from a young age, having grown up in an old farmhouse that had seen more than its fair share of paranormal occurrences.

"My mother said she saw ancestors at the foot of the bed when I was an infant," he said. "There's residual energy of living beings that used to live there, I think."
His father, who still lives at the farmhouse, wrote a book entitled A History of Ghosts.

"He's 98 and he's in the room where his dad passed and his great-grandfather passed, in the old farmhouse right now, and he loves spending his days there," he said.

Akroyd's latest foray into the unknown is as narrator of the new T+E documentary series Hotel Paranormal which documents hotel guests who have had paranormal experiences.

"It's done sympathetically, not for exploitation," he said. "The producers and directors come at it with a view of, 'Boy, these people really went through something,' and it helps people to... come out and not be thought of as crazy."

"There are some of us out here - many of us, just as we did with 'Ghostbusters' - who've said: 'We're ready to believe you. So get it off your chest. We don't think you're crazy.'"

Source: Preeceville Progress | Comments (38)

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Comment icon #29 Posted by XenoFish on 22 May, 2020, 1:49
Guess what? Present your bestest, mostest, convincingest evidence. 
Comment icon #30 Posted by psyche101 on 22 May, 2020, 1:51
No it's not. Real research in on those areas do not indicate any connection whatsoever with the paranormal. If you spent as much time studying real sciences as you do trolling woo websites, I cannot see how you, or anyone with a working brain would consider that connection. Not understanding physics isn't proof of the paranormal.
Comment icon #31 Posted by papageorge1 on 22 May, 2020, 1:55
Give physics another century and we'll talk. In the meantime, observation of the paranormal can precede its scientific understanding.
Comment icon #32 Posted by psyche101 on 22 May, 2020, 2:11
All you are saying is you don't understand physics at all. A century won't change the very basics that deny your fanciful imaginative ramblings. That's like saying in a century 1+1 will equal 27. Go ahead and explain how the mountains of evidence and endless repeatability that supports the very basics is all wrong. We discovered the Higgs half a century before we found it because we knew it had to be there to complete the table. What indicated that physics will be rewritten to include your personal belief? Anecdotes that you have taken a fondness too? There is no observation of the paranormal.... [More]
Comment icon #33 Posted by papageorge1 on 22 May, 2020, 15:28
In science observation can precede understanding. That's where we are at with the paranormal.
Comment icon #34 Posted by Socio on 22 May, 2020, 20:02
Anyone have T&E on their streaming channel line up that is in US would like to get this on Roku or even stream it from the PC?
Comment icon #35 Posted by LightAngel on 23 May, 2020, 2:06
  I have seen some really excellent shows - there are also some terrible ones, but you just stop seeking them - you control what you see - if you don't like a show then turn off the TV, it's stupid to keep complaining over something you can change easy!  I hardly watch TV anymore because 90% of it isn't worth my time But I hope this new show will be worth seeing.     
Comment icon #36 Posted by psyche101 on 23 May, 2020, 12:44
Exactly. Zero observation, plenty of anecdotes Anecdotes are not observation.  Despite many anecdotes, not a single proof has been recorded. Statistically it's unlikely that so many claims result in Zero evidence. That means you are logically chasing the wrong conclusion.
Comment icon #37 Posted by papageorge1 on 23 May, 2020, 15:36
Here we go again. I believe the anecdotal, investigative and experimental evidence for the paranormal is so overwhelming by now to the point that I believe the so-called paranormal occurs beyond reasonable doubt. If you believe it all is zero, ziltch, carry on without me.  No sense in us debating this AGAIN.
Comment icon #38 Posted by psyche101 on 26 May, 2020, 3:17
I just don't know why you would conflate anecdotes and science. That's ridiculous.  We know what you believe. I'm not sure why you keep telling everyone. It's not like you're conclusions are sensible or logical. You don't even have the integrity to keep up your side of a bet. You know this is a discussion forum, not a blog right? 

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