If you believe in the existence of ghosts, you are not alone. In fact, ghosts are among the most prevalent phenomena in Māori: millions of people care about ghosts, in a 2013 Harris Poll found that 43% of Americans believe in ghosts.
The idea of the dead staying with us with their souls is an old idea that appears in countless stories, from the scriptures to Shakespeare’s Macbeth and even spawned a kind of folklore called ghost stories.
Believing in ghosts is part of a wider network of related paranormal beliefs including NDE, life after death, and communicating with spirits, these beliefs give people a lot of comfort – who wouldn’t want to believe that our deceased loved ones from our family aren’t looking for us?! Or are they with us in our most urgent need ? – Read about how our deceased loved ones communicate with us.
People have tried (or claimed) to communicate with spirits throughout the ages; in Victorian England, for example, it was fashionable for upper-class ladies in their salons to have “necromancy sessions” after having tea and cutting cakes with friends. Clubs dedicated to searching for evidence of ghosts were even established at prestigious universities called “ghost clubs” including Cambridge and Oxford, and in 1882 a prestigious Society called Society for psychological Research was established . Eleanor Sedgwick worked as an investigator and later chaired the society, which can be considered an “original Ghost Hunt”, and in America during the late nineteenth century many psychics claimed to have spoken to the dead but their methods of deception were later exposed by skeptical detectives such as Harry Houdini.
Ghost hunting did not receive widespread attention around the world until recently . Much of this attention is attributed to a popular TV series called Ghost Hunter which aired on a sci-fi cable channel called SyFy and the show is now in its second decade of not finding good evidence of ghosts. This show produced dozens of cases of falsehoods and false claims, and it is not difficult to realize why it is so popular because it is based on the premise that everyone who goes after ghosts, the two stars of the show were ordinary people (one of whom is actually a plumber) and decided to look for evidence of the existence of ghosts and their message All you need is some free time, a dark place and maybe some gadgets from an electronics store, if you look or look long enough any unexplained light or noise may be evidence of ghosts.”
Role of Science and logic in the phenomenon of ghosts.
One of the difficulties in assessing ghosts scientifically is that a variety and many phenomena are attributed to ghosts, from a door that closes on its own , to missing keys , to a cold area in the hallway , to the vision of a deceased relative, when sociologists Denis and Michel vascol interviewed those who experienced experiences with ghosts in they published them in a 2016 book : Chasing everyday life “they found that” many of the participants were not sure that they had encountered a ghost and also remained unsure of the possibility of these phenomena occurring mainly, simply because they saw nothing approaching the traditional impressionist image of the” ghost”, rather, many of the interviewees were simply convinced that they had experienced something strange – something inexplicable, unusual, Thus, many people who report having gone through a ghostly experience have not necessarily seen anything that most people would recognize as a classic “ghost”, and in fact they may have completely different experiences, the only common factor in which they are not easily explained.
Personal experience thing and scientific evidence is another matter. The difficulty in investigating Ghosts is that there is no single universally agreed definition of what a ghost is , some believe that they are the souls of the dead who have “lost” their way to the other side for whatever reason while others claim that ghosts are telepathic entities that have been dropped into our reality but are made of our mind.
Others still create their own classifications of ghosts, such as noisy poltergeists, resident Hauntings, intelligent spirits, shadow People and, of course, everything is composed similar to the classification of different fairies or dragons: there are always many types of ghosts that we want to be.
There are many contradictions inherent in ideas about ghosts, for example, is embodied ghosts material or not? Or can the ghost move through solid objects without disturbing it, or can it close doors or throw objects around the room. According to logic and the laws of physics and if we assume that ghosts represent human spirits, why do they seem to be dressed in clothes and in possession of unfamiliar objects such as hats, sticks and dresses – not to mention the numerous reports of ghost trains as well as ghost cars and carriages?
If ghosts are indeed the souls of those who have not managed to leave our world or die like others, why are there unsolved murders?! Ghosts are said to be communicating with psychic mediators, so they should be able to identify who killed them to the police. And so on .
Ghost hunters use many creative (and dubious) methods to detect the presence of spirits including often psychics. In fact, all ghost seekers claim to be scientific, and most of them have this appearance because they use high-tech scientific equipment such as Geiger counters to measure radiation and electromagnetic field detectors (EMF), ion detectors, infrared cameras, and sensitive microphones. Until now, it has not been proven that any of these devices contributed to the actual detection of Ghosts, for centuries people believed that the flames turn blue the moment the ghost is present, but in our time few people accept that it is only part of popular beliefs, and it is also possible that many of the signs that ghost hunters take today about the existence of
Other researchers claim that the reason for not proving the existence of Ghosts is that we simply do not have the right technology to find or discover the spirit world. But this also cannot be true: either ghosts exist and appear in our ordinary physical world (and therefore can be detected and recorded in photographs, film recordings, video and audio recordings) or they basically do not exist. If ghosts exist and can be discovered or scientifically recorded, we must find conclusive evidence of this – yet we have not yet been able to. If ghosts exist and we cannot detect or record them scientifically, all images, videos, audio and other recordings purporting to be evidence of ghosts cannot be ghosts. With so many basic theories at odds with each other – and so little science addressed on the subject-it’s no surprise that despite the efforts of thousands of Ghostbusters on television and elsewhere for decades, not a single conclusive evidence of the existence of Ghosts has been found.
Of course, with recent developments there has been talk of “ghost apps” for smartphones, as it has become easier to create and share terrifying images on social media than ever before, making it more difficult for Ghost researchers to distinguish reality from fiction.
Why do so many people believe in ghosts ?
Most people who believe in ghosts do so because of some personal experience; they grew up in a house where the presence of (friendly) ghosts was taken for granted, for example, or they had some annoying experience on a “ghost trolling tour” however, many people believe that evidence of the existence of ghosts can be found from modern physics (if not It is widely reported that Albert Einstein proposed a scientific basis for the reality of ghosts, based on the first law of thermodynamics: if it is not possible to generate energy or destroyed but only change form, what happens to the energy of the body when we die? Can it somehow manifest itself as a ghost?
It seems like a reasonable assumption – unless you understand basic physics. The answer is quite simple, not at all mysterious. After the death of a person, the energy in his body goes to where the energy of all beings goes after death: in the environment, the energy is thermally released, turning the body into animals that eat us (that is, into wild animals if left unburied, or worms and bacteria in the case of burial) and transmitted to plants that absorb us, so
While amateur Ghostbusters like to imagine themselves on top of what research has found about ghosts, they really engage in what folklore people call myth-trackers. It is basically a form of play where people “act” in a legend, often involving ghosts or supernatural elements. In his book “extraterrestrials, ghosts, and cults: the myths we live” (University of Mississippi Press, 2003), the folklorist Bill Ellis points out that ghost hunters themselves often take research seriously and take risks to challenge supernatural beings, consciously confront them dramatically, and then return to safety. ”
If ghosts were real, and were a kind of energy or entity not known to us yet, they’ll discover the existence of their other discoveries and other scientific and verified through experiments controlled – not by ghost hunters who roam in the weekend about abandoned houses in the dark late at night with cameras and searchlights.
In the end (and despite huge piles of mysterious images, sounds and videos), evidence of Ghosts is no better today than it was a year, a decade or a century ago. There are two possible reasons for the ghost hunter’s failure to find good clues. The first is that ghosts do not exist, and ghost reports can be explained by psychology, misconceptions, mistakes and deception. The second option is that ghosts exist, but that ghost hunters are simply incompetent and need to bring more science into their research.
Ultimately, the search for ghosts is not about evidence (if so, the search will be abandoned long ago). Instead, it’s about having fun with friends, telling stories, and enjoying pretending they’re looking at the edge of the unknown.