Ghost hunting has been around for years. It’s been the subject of many movies, series, TV shows and has imprinted itself deeply into popular culture. While many consider it to be a pseudoscience and very often ridicule it, a small few consider it a true and respectable scientific branch. The reason why academics, scientists and educators don’t accept it as a true scientific branch is because of the lack of scientific methods ghost hunters apply in their tasks. Some of the many tools used in ghost hunting include a wide range of electronic equipment like digital cameras, night vision cameras, thermometers, audio recorders and so on. You could say that ghost hunting is an expensive profession.
But when you look into history books, ghosting hunting can even date back as much as to China in 1110AD! In those times, they used a method called fuji which means planchette writing to contact the dead and the spirit world but under special rules, rituals and supervision. It would seem that ghost hunting is so new as many believed it to be.
A team of hunters usually consists of just a few people who carry a specific tool, like the ones mentioned earlier, and try to find proof of a ghost residing on the location they are investigating. These locations are mostly old and abandoned houses that even give off a ghostly vibe. Some ghost hunting teams even offer tours where they take people with them to bear witness to their methods and discoveries. However, you should exercise caution since it’s not uncommon for people to get hurt on these tours. In one occasion a group of teenagers wanted to investigate a spooky looking home but were unaware that it was actually occupied. When they tried to flee from the location, the homeowner fired on them and seriously injured one. But that won’t discourage true hunters from their mission of proving that ghosts truly exist.
According to one survey, about a third of Americans believe that ghosts exist, though the belief rate drops with age. It does make sense, however, that younger people have more faith in the paranormal and the unexplainable considering all the pop-culture hype generated by ghosts but also their general expanded view of things around them. You see, while old people are convinced that there is nothing beyond their own little world, nothing special, nothing out of the ordinary, nothing beyond the horizon, the growing curiosity of younger generations and the ones coming after them, shows that we are willing to accept something out of the ordinary or special and even look as far as we can beyond the horizon. If you are one of those little few, then who says you can’t go ghost hunting and prove all those skeptics that they were wrong? And when something strange starts happening in the neighborhood, who are they gonna’ call? It could be you!