National Geographic Channel Is It Real?

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Is It Real? sorts the facts from fiction in modern-day myths about supernatural phenomena. The show explores some of the more common myths such as crop circles and ghosts, as well as some of the far out myths like spontaneous human combustion. The series looked at these topics from a skeptical point of view, going at them with the attitude of, "Oh yeah? Then prove it." Frequently, the people making the more outrageous claims could not.
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  • Skeptical explanations harder to believe than paranormal on this show.

    3.0
    I personally consider myself somewhat of a skeptic regarding paranormal stuff, with an open mind. I haven't seen anything weird, not sure there really is anything weird to see, but do admit it's hard to deny the astronomical amount of people and witnesses to events like ghosts - many of them credible. So who knows.



    Having said that, I found this show to be pretty annoying because it clearly takes an extremely skeptical and even cynical attitude towards each subject matter right from the get go and that tone carries through the whole show. It oozes with arrogance and an attitude of "it's ridiculous and you must be stupid to believe in something like this" throughout - and even though I'm not sure I believe it either it was a big turn off.



    It's also interesting because during some of the episodes they will present something as the REAL explanation for certain phenomena or as proof that something isn't paranormal but the "real explanation or proof" seems just as much of a reach or unbelievable as the phenomena they are trying to debunk. But this show will point to that hard to believe "rational" explanation as the 100% fact of what was going on then move on to the next thing to debunk.



    Annoying show. The best shows like this present the evidence both for and against in an impartial way and then let you make your decision. Not tell you through the whole show it ISN'T real then at the end say "now we'll let you decide, but you're stupid if you think it could be real now" which is the way it presents itself.moreless
  • Just watch the first season.

    6.5
    The first season of 'Is it real?' is an excellent example of sceptical investigation. All evidences provided by "experts" (ie nutjobs) for their paranormal beliefs are thoroughly debunked by the use of real science. It also illustrates how "believers" are unwilling to change their beliefs regardless of the amount of evidence that disproves them.



    The bigfoot episode is particularly telling in that they track down the makers of the famous 1967 film including the guy who wore the gorilla suit. Bigfoot experts had been going on and on about how unhuman like the bigfoots walking was then they showed the guy striding along in exactly the same manner.



    Then along comes season two.



    Much of season two spends 3/4 of each program listening to the nutjobs talk nonsense about their pseudoscientific beliefs. For example one expert in the Atlantis episode thinks the Atlantians came through Stargates. I hope he does not get sued by the producers of Stargate SG1 for copyright infringement.



    This is then followed by very brief grabs of real scientists providing actual information on each topic but edited in such a way that it leaves it up to the viewer to decide.



    It is sad to see a series that had been taking a sensible approach to the paranormal decline into a wishy washy politically correct stance.moreless
  • good show

    8.0
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