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Kickstarting a ghost hunt: The Mr. Ghost iPhone EMF Detector

by Mike Weaver

December 11, 2012

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Donate It seems that there is nothing one cannot do with a modern smartphone. Now, with the Mr. Ghost attachment for the iPhone, you can hunt ghosts as well. Aaron Rasmussen has created a clever little attachment with software for iPhones to detect electromagnetic fields. Does it help find ghosts? Let's take a look!

This little gem came to my attention via a number of articles on the internets. Be sure to check out the videos on the Kickstarter page here. I have to say, I am quite taken by this device and may well drop some coin on it. Mr. Rasmussen has done a good job with the technology of a portable EMF meter with some good work on the app.

His decision to hook in potential buyers via a connection with ghost hunting (Mr. Ghost? Subtle) is a bit regrettable, but understandable. Mr. Rasmussen is coy about whether or not the device will actually detect ghosts. His actual demo videos show him measuring the EMF around powered devices as one would expect.

I have often wondered why the ghost hunting community have decided, apparently collectively, to assert that ghosts either affect or generate measurable EMF such that EMF detectors can be used to find ghosts. I did a bit of nosing around to see if I could find out why.

The Ghost Hunting 101 page of the South Texas Ghost Hunters Alliance informs me that:

"We've found that the Sun, along with the Moon and the Earth's geo-magnetic fields all help to create conditions that are favorable to encountering ghostly phenomena. Ghosts, being energy, feed off of other energy the way we drink from water when we're thirsty. When an electrical storm, either from the Sun, or Earth bombards the atmosphere, we have conditions that are ideal for ghost hunters to find ghosts/spirits."

So, maybe EMF is ghost food?

Apparently, I'm not the only one asking these questions, even the ghost hunters ask each other as to why EMF is used in ghost hunting. So, maybe ghosts are electromagnetic and that's why EMF detectors are useful?

Still others have a different causal theory, perhaps the EM fields are causing us to see "ghosts"?

Perhaps, I don't know for sure. I doubt that ghosts exist, mainly due to simple statistics (billions of humans have died, we should be tripping over the darn things). If they do, I see no good reason to expect them to have an EM presence. In any case, the Mr. Ghost gadget is still neat, if only so you can enjoy the EM fields around you more completely.

by Mike Weaver

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