Yesterday at LiveScience.com I published an overview piece on ghosts and ghost hunting. As always, people are happy to read my work and tell me what garbage it is. I thought I’d share two of my favorite comments, followed by my responses:
1) from sandybeachguynw: “Benjamin Radford must not watch many Ghost hunting shows or he would know that they have proof of Ghost, Such as Video, Photos, Sound & Voice recordings. What I’d like to know is just how many Haunted places Benjamin Radford has ever been in and conducted any research for himself?”
Yes, clearly that’s my mistake: I need to watch more ghost hunting “reality” TV shows to really understand the science and logic of ghosts. And to answer the question, I’ve done about 25 or 30 major ghost investigations!
2) Richard Schroeder from the University of California, Irvine: “Yeah, the article was rather poorly written and not well thought out. For example, it isn’t a logical contradiction that ghosts can sometimes interact with matter and sometimes don’t interact with matter. It is an interesting question to put to ghost believers, but it isn’t logically impossible. After all, sometimes bullets ricochet off of matter and sometimes they pass right through matter. Maybe the author thinks bullets are logically impossible.”
Um, Richard, Bullets do not “pass right through matter,” they make a hole and go around it, the way you “pass right through matter” when you walk through a door…