Wednesday, May 25, 2011

KII: Useless Tool

I've learned over time the KII meter is absolutely useless as "proof" of paranormal activity. Not only does the meter not go off when things occur, but it often goes off when it has no paranormal stimulus, i.e. a regular room in a home not known to be haunted and when no one has asked for interaction with the other side. Under trial and error, I learned that the turning on of air-conditioners and heaters can set the damn thing off, even 15 feet away!



Here's what I compare it to: Someone tells me that their thermometer read "96.8 Fahrenheit." I now know that a temperature was recorded. Do I know if that was a temperature captured on a rectal reading? Oral? Tympanic? Ambient room temperature? The device is made to measure temperature, but the source of that temperature must be determined to know if you got a low human temperature or a toasty room temperature.

A KII meter simply tells you that there has been a spike in the electrical field, but the source of that electrical field is often times undetected. It doesn't mean we don't have a very natural source, i.e. an electrical device within the building, but I can guarantee you that you will find a correlation with the turning on and off of the air-conditioner system. Having the breakers turned off is a good start, but a surge can occur and be picked up by the device from sources you can't see or hear. To make the jump that because this device can periodically be set off means there's a ghostly interaction is a huge jump in explanatory style and one that is illogical. When you see J&G having a happy conversation with a ghost via KII, what you're not seeing on them are the battery packs for their mics, their walkies, cell phones, and other devices, not to mention the sound/film crew's devices.

If see electrical surges as proof of ghosts, there's not a damn thing I can do to convince you otherwise. We all have a different belief system based on how much we have to gain by that belief, whether it's passage to heaven, my way is righteous and others are wrong, or ghosts are amongst taking the form of measurable electrical fields.

The alternative is this interesting device that ignores the range of man-made electrical implements. Now, I'm intrigued!

12 comments:

  1. thats interesting. This device does measure pretty debilitating frequencies.

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  2. What'd you call me?!?

    OH! You meant the KII meter!
    (LOL!)

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  4. Whenever I would see those in a show I always thought they were useless. lol.

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  5. It can show electrical activity, but it has no ability to tell you the origin of that activity.

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  6. It makes you wonder what is really going on behind the scenes when Jason and Grant are getting "responses" on their KII meters.

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  7. Seriously. Remember in that hotel room when we did the pajama ghost hunt and we asked questions and it responded? It ended up the air-conditioner turning on gave it intermittent readings? It just happened to line up with us asking questions and when it turned off, it wouldn't flicker anymore? You see the team turn off lights at locations, but do you ever see them turn off the breakers??? Do you ever see them take off their walkies and battery packs and push the crew away???

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  8. But when I talk to it, it jumps!

    Show me a sign you're here!

    *beep*

    Do that again!

    *beep*

    Heh, so it beeps. Casper, it is not.

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  9. Yeah, when I saw "Useless Tool" I thought you were going to have a post on Zak 'Bilbo' Bagans.

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  10. Funny you should mention that, RR. On Friday the gang is having a new episode in Salt Lake City at a place I think was the most appropriate hospital for Zak to ever investigate "Tooele Hospital"

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  11. Since that is my home town I will definitely be watching that one. It cracked me up that you said that though, locals call it Tooly-ville, non-locals call it too-wella, when actually it is supposed to be pronounced Too-ella. Not quite north and not quite south lead to some very interesting people...

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  12. Hey N&B; Yeah, I'm totally enjoying their foray to a new spot. The ironic thing is that the publicity dude months ago said "hey, see you in the fall with the new season" and quit sending press info and all these new episodes cropped out of nowhere. Doesn't pay to be on Travel Channel's press, hmm?

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