Michael Schermer Looking Queasy

You can watch the Ur Skeptic Michael Schermer look fairly sheepish and subdued during this series of Paranormal Challenge which is an offshoot of the series Ghost Adventures. This episode investigates the infamously haunted and now abandoned Loma Linda Hospital in a gang dominated part of LA. Schermer was the skeptic invited along to watch and set up some of the situations.
There are some choice moments when Schermer is having to entertain the possibility that what he just saw and heard might very well be paranormal. Particularly funny are his slightly dyspeptic looks when listening to some Electronic Voice Phenomena. This was the Ghost Adventures crew's second visit to Loma Linda. The first visit was quite hairy. This second visit did not provide as much paranormal fodder as was hoped and it was probably picked because it was so rich in paranormal events the first visit, but it still delivered enough to keep Schermer up a night. LOL!
Recommended viewing for all skeptic watchers.

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Here is the original Ghost Adventures visit to Loma Linda. Quite a bit of "action" actually happened on the preliminary "walk through.'

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Inannawhimsey's picture
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man, whomever does the editing on this show must've been making music videos -- watching it for me was like watching Robot Chicken :3

(i can't wait till the team starts selling their ghost hunting products)

do you know what the winning team won, if anything?

and the leader must be related to Henry Rollins -- very beefy :3

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I'll bet Michael Schermer wished they had edited him out.
Clearly, you have not bothered to watch this show or the entire series which spans 4 years. I suspect that most of you out there who cavalierly dismiss these gauche and beyond the pale insults to your sense of propriety and good manners take this tack to avoid having your cozy little world turned on its ear by these barbarians at the gates. The data they bring to the table tends to shush you guys pretty soundly once you actually deign to stoop so low and take a look, so your defensive strategies are certainly understandable, but just consider, Michael Shermer stooped to conquer and found himself conquered but at least he stepped pout of his cocoon to have a look. he knew these guys were due that professional courtesy, but then he is a professional.

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Peace, m'man; who's dismissing anything? I dig this group getting the chance to disseminate their Scooby Doo act; the fact that they are even on tv means to me that they are serving others by fulfilling desire :3

(i really liked them showing those 2 gents who were reacting like how i'd act if i had been there -- scared)

So I support your evangelizing :3

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No one is more turned off than I by the cheesy production values of most of these shows, but the evidence they accumulate is so good that I overlook the schlock. This is the golden age of paranormal investigation.

Paranormal State
Paranormal Witness
Ghost Adventures
Celebrity Ghost Stories
The Haunted
A Haunting
Ghost Lab
I Survived - Beyond and Back
My Ghost Story
Psychic Investigators
Psychic Kids
Ghostly Encounters
Ghost Hunters

To name a few. Many of the shows congregate around The Biography Channel. Planet Green , and The SyFy Channel. All of them are rigorous as to controls and a real interest in staying to the facts of the story with interviews with the people experiencing the hauntings salted throughout the reenactments of the stories. The real time investigations such as Ghost Hunters and Ghost Adventures spend as much energy trying to debunk as they do trying to prove the paranormal. The first impulse when confronted with phenomena is to try to debunk.

I think these shows are having a huge impact on human consciousness even though they are marred with hokey production values, but you gotta sell em after all, and they know the bulk of their audience's taste.
Fortunately, a great many episodes show up bootlegged on Youtube though what is available and what has been taken down by the producers for copyright infringement is a shifting thing from one week to the next. the producers are not terribly rigorous about enforcement probably because they understand the advertising value of letting different episodes pop up here and there on Youtube. Lately, they have been rerunning the better episodes ad infinitum on television which appears to be due to falling advertising revenue not allowing them to be lavish with spending on new episodes.

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i grew up on cheesy production values -- the old Dr Who series :3

your guys here are part of an ancient tradition (that includes the Torah & people like Jesus & Gautama) of teaching people to hack their reality. to realize that we are all co-creators and are always involved.

so good luck to them and their gonzo experiencing!

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All that lives is holy, life delights in life.

--William Blake