Skeptical Teacher to be Interviewed on Darkness Radio
Posted by mattusmaximus on July 25, 2010
**Update: It seems that, due to unforeseen circumstances, the interviewed may have to be postponed. Stay tuned!
As a follow up to my earlier post regarding Dave Schrader’s talk on paranormal investigation at Convergence/Skepchicon in Minneapolis, I wanted to let everyone know that Dave will be interviewing me for Darkness Radio in the next few days. I’m not exactly sure when the interview will be airing (probably within the next week or so), but if you watch this blog I’ll be letting you know.
The nature of the interview will basically be me & Dave talking in general about the paranormal, ghost-hunting, and the role that science & skepticism play (or, as is often the case, don’t play) in such investigations. Here are some points that I plan to bring up in my discussion with Dave…
1. What is a “ghost”? Has anyone ever come up with any kind of quantifiable definition for such an entity?
2. What is the proposed mechanism by which ghosts interact with the physical world around us? How can they be measured? Why would ghosts interact in this manner with the world?
3. How can we distinguish a potentially legitimate “ghost signal” from other phenomena?
4. Do any ghost hunters conduct double blind experiments?
5. Are the investigations by some believing ghost hunters replicable by skeptics?
6. Is there any way to “catch” a ghost, or its essence (ectoplasm, etc), for study?
7. Why is it that much of ghost hunting seems to be arguments from ignorance (i.e., ghost-of-the-gaps reasoning, I call it)?
I’ll also tell some stories from my own experiences ghost hunting, going all the way back to my high school years, as well as why I’ve come to the conclusions that I’ve never seen any evidence for a ghost or anything supernatural or paranormal during my life.
I anticipate that this will be a fun discussion, and I eagerly look forward to it. If you have suggestions for topics to discuss and/or questions for me to ask Dave Schrader, please let me know.