Zak Bagans, star of Travel Channel’s “Ghost Adventures” show, always seems to be in a giving mood. Usually, he is giving me a reason to laugh when he gets “possessed” during his Very Serious ghost investigations. Other times he is giving me a reason to bang my head against the wall when he uses the word “energy” wrong time and time again, yells at unseen demonic entities like a drunken frat boy, or talks seriously about teaching his dog to hunt ghosts. Ok, I’ll admit it, that’s all pretty funny, too.
But now he has more to give.
Zak took to Twitter recently and dedicated the upcoming episode of Ghost Adventures to “all skeptics.” The episode, which will air Friday night, was filmed at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. And, as Zak writes, their lockdown was conducted with someone he claims is a “Scientist Skeptic” who brought along “cutting edge equipment” for the job.
Maybe I’m wrong, but he seems to indicate that, upon viewing this episode, it will be impossible to be skeptical about ghosts any longer if you had been previously. Or at least his ability to perceive them. “It’s closure for me knowing when I sense spirit energy my body knows it,” Zak tweeted. “This time see a scientist back this up…”
I responded to Mr. Bagans to inform him, in case he wasn’t already aware, that science and peer review is not done through edited television broadcasts. If a person (namely, me) was skeptical about ghosts beforehand, then a show produced, filmed, and edited for maximum ratings impact is simply not going to sway me. You see, aside from being skeptical that ghosts exist, I’m pretty skeptical of paranormal reality television as well.
Furthermore, I explained to Zak that “spirit energy” as he calls it is not only a meaningless phrase in science, but that the so-called “energy” he is referring to is currently not detectable by any piece of equipment, “cutting edge” or otherwise.
Oh, I may have also called him a “douche.” Oops. Needless to say, Zak didn’t respond. Not that I thought he would.
Now look, I’m sure Mr. Bagans means well. From all indications, he is a pretty credulous individual. So he probably truly believes he is sensing spirits and fighting demons everywhere he goes. He isn’t, but he believes he is. Though I have not researched to find out who this so-called “scientist skeptic” is that will be accompanying him, I can only hope he is not as daft as Zak. I have strong doubts that will be the case, however.
Still, I’ll be watching if, for no other reason, a good, hearty laugh.
*EDIT – I’ve just learned the “scientist skeptic” Zak Bagans refers to is apparently none other than creator of the Ovilus, and other paranormal related buffoonery, Bill Chappell. Not shocking at all.