The biggest rift between me and my fiance is her unyielding belief in all "Ghost Hunting" shows on different television networks (e.g, Ghost Hunters, Ghost Adventures, Paranormal State) and my unyielding disbelief. I'm constantly pointing out holes in their theories and methods of investigation, while she continues to refute with her logic that "ghosts don't operate the same way we do". They all feature the same set-up and progression of episodes - 15 minutes of drawn out research on a nondescript location, followed by 10 minutes of setting up equipment, then 15 minutes of multiple people fumbling around in complete darkness (because apparently ghosts are afraid of the light?) and saying " OH! WOAH! WHAT WAS THAT!? ..... SHHH!!!!!!", finished off with an overgeneralized summation of what could be happening (which usually is a non-threatening ghost, instead of faulty piping, a draft from a window, or a poorly installed door).
As discussed in chapter 1 of the text, these shows coincide with pseudoscience in the most complete way, ranging from imprecise scientific-sounding language, lack of progress, over-reliance on testimony, and often using terms that have no connection with reality. The methods that these "investigators" use have many flaws, such as: investigating with the lights off, biased investigation, improper use of instruments, and a plethora of others. These flawed investigation methods, while entertaining, do not help the case of investigators in their argument that they are participating in scientific research. Instead of "investigating" a abandoned warehouse for only 5-hours in complete darkness with a voice recorder that can be bought from Radio Shack, there should be a push for extended "investigations" as well as a push for the measurement of reliable characteristics of "ghosts" and the paranormal.