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    Default "The house is haunted"? Is this a joke?

    My wife and I are big fans of the This Old House show. We live in the Boston area and have used the Trethewey Bros service. We also have enjoyed seeing the team at work on some of their local projects. So it was with some dismay that we noticed an article, apparently from the September issue of the magazine, on the CNN.com website (Living section, Nov 7, 2007).

    The piece, entitled "Critter in your house? What to do", by Josh Garskof, has advice on household emergencies. Sensible advice, it seemed, until we read the section entitled "The House is Haunted". Huh?!?

    Now I know it was just Halloween, and I like a good joke as much as the next person, but please don't imply to your readers that ghosts, goblins, poltergeists, leprechauns or unicorns exist. They do not. Implying that you believe they do, makes the magazine, and the This Old House team, look ridiculous.

    According to Harris organization polling, roughly 40% of Americans believe in ghosts, 68% believe in angels and 21% believe in reincarnation. While tolerance for other points of view is supposedly a virtue, I would submit that irrationality and belief without evidence are not admirable qualities. If you don't recommend taking a sick child to a witch doctor, why do you recommend that homeowners hold exorcisms? Such things have no place in your otherwise rational and practical magazine.


    Steve W.
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    Default Re: "The house is haunted"? Is this a joke?

    Quote Originally Posted by stevew View Post
    I would submit that irrationality and belief without evidence are not admirable qualities.
    And you see the belief in religion as???

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    Default Re: "The house is haunted"? Is this a joke?

    stevew, I doubt the editors of TOH actually read this forum. Feel free to write a Letter To The Editor, surely the necessary e-ddress and snailmail address is elsewhere on the site.

    Word to the wise: Never even hint at beliefs that could even be inferred as possibly religious or non-religious on any blog that is not already about such things -- doing so can end up being like an Olympic torch bearer running through a ruptured refinery!

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    Default Re: "The house is haunted"? Is this a joke?

    Belief without evidence in your experience. There are plenty of people that have had experiences to the contrary.
    Of course you have knowledge of all things seen & unseen, just because "scientific evidence" doesn't seem to exist.
    I wonder how many scientists would be included in that percentage of believers.
    To condemn people as ridiculous because they may believe something you can't see is quite arrogant.
    Besides, a witch doctor, medicine man, natural healer, acupuncturist, etc. may still have a few tricks in their bag although I'm glad we're well served by medevac helicopters & emergency rooms.

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    Default Re: "The house is haunted"? Is this a joke?

    See what I mean? It's starting already...

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    Default Re: "The house is haunted"? Is this a joke?

    Quote Originally Posted by A. Spruce View Post
    And you see the belief in religion as???
    Quote Originally Posted by C Ed Wright View Post
    Word to the wise: Never even hint at beliefs that could even be inferred as possibly religious or non-religious on any blog that is not already about such things
    Quote Originally Posted by ed21 View Post
    To condemn people as ridiculous because they may believe something you can't see is quite arrogant. Besides, a witch doctor, medicine man, natural healer, acupuncturist, etc. may still have a few tricks in their bag although I'm glad we're well served by medevac helicopters & emergency rooms.
    Quote Originally Posted by C Ed Wright View Post
    See what I mean? It's starting already...

    I have no desire to provoke a debate on religion and I won't take part in one here. The article in question did not mention religion but seemed to give credence to the notion that ghosts exist. The point of my post was to show why such things are inappropriate in a magazine ostensibly about home repair. This exchange is further demonstration, and to that extent I agree with C Ed Wright. If raising such things is out-of-line in the discussion forums, it is surely more so in the pages of the magazine.


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    Last edited by stevew; 11-08-2007 at 11:58 PM.

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