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Ghostly encounters, haunted locations and reports of the paranormal are as varied as the people that experience them.

In order to help our visitors find those types of reports quickly and easily we have adopted the following classifications.

Please consider which classification of haunting your report should be filed under when you post your Ghostwatch report.
Thank you and happy hunting!

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With Halloween just around the corner, i was feeling a bit nostalgic for the scary thrill i used to get at this time of year when i was a kid. So, i took a wide eyed look back to the origin of Ghostwatch, the 90 minute TV mockumentary broadcast on 31st October 1992 on BBC1. The show caused quite a stir in the UK and was banned from television, but where did the idea come from?

The following interview was compiled from the BBC archives, it's old but worth a read if you're a fan or simply curious.

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EVPs are unexplained sounds and disembodied voices captured electronically. Believed by some to be the recorded evidence of residual or intelligent spirits communicating with us.

EVP is not a new phenomenon and can be traced back almost 100 years. We take a brief look at the history of EVP and the people behind it's discovery and experimental development.

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The experiment was conducted by the mathematician Dr. G. Owen and overseen by psychologist Dr. Joel Whitton. The test group consisted of Owen's wife, Iris Owen, former chairperson of MENSA in Canada, Margaret Sparrows, industrial designer, Andy H., his wife Lorne, heating engineer Al Peacock, accountant Bernice M, bookkeeper Dorothy O’Donnel, and sociology student Sidney K.

The Philip Experiment

In 1972, Canadian Dr. G. Owen conducted the Philip Experiment. This was a study that would test his theory that, “Ghosts have an objective reality, but they are created out of the minds of those who see them.” A ghost, he proposed, was basically a hallucination created by those who believed in it.

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Characteristics of PseudoSkeptics vs. True Skeptics

NB: All pseudo-skeptics will claim to be true skeptics.

Pseudo-skeptics

Are often typically disbelievers - i.e. they are firmly entrenched in believing "no" about certain things. Although they may "claim" that they are open to new information, they typically react with strongly unfriendly if not hostile criticisms when their beliefs and assumptions are challenged by new ideas and evidence.

Pseudo-skeptics typically make extreme statements. They will sometimes categorically state that something is impossible, or they will make sweeping false statements such as "no evidence exists" or the experiments are "all flawed"; or even the scientists in question are engaged in "pseudo-science."

Probably the most abusive of pseudo-skeptics tactics is to denigrate and dismiss carefully documented (and replicated observations in real life as being "anecdotes" and being "worthless" as potential scientific evidence. This is biased dismissal, even if the evidence was collected carefully using established standards in mainstream science, the findings are typically ignored or rejected as not having any scientific value.

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