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Ghost are voices of history in the present

 

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great blog

 

As light faded, a century dissolved, and I heard ghosts. No ectoplasm or voices, just a powerful presence of the past, heightened by the potential consequences of my own folly in being there.

So, think about ghosts. If we visit the original place, or we hold the artifact in our hand, and, if we find the right frame of mind, then something happens. Combine knowledge of the past with the physical object, and we can get much more than the sum of two parts. If the circumstances are right, we share something with those who once touched — or who saw — what we now touch or see.

We find history transcending dates and facts. We join the past by sensing its unique texture. We hear what it’s telling us. The same thing happened to me when a Polish friend took me to see Auschwitz on a rainy weekday — a day when we, and the ghosts, were the only beings in that desolate place.

But, put aside slaughter and genocide. Happier ghosts dwell in, say, old books. Look at marginalia in books from other centuries — in books that’ve changed lives. As we read what readers have left in the margins, their ghosts reveal the transforming power of the written word in other ages. Or walk through old houses, for all houses are haunted in the sense that I offer the word.

And I leave you with this claim. It is, simply, that we never fully know any history until we quiet our minds, and listen to the people who once lived it.

 

From a John Lienhard blog post at the University of Houston

 

http://www.uh.edu/engines/epi2030.htm

North Carolina Ghosts

North Carolina’s mountains are full of phantoms, spooks, haunts, haints, weird creatures and crazy happenings. The hills are filled with classic ghost stories, and with places to go to seek out the unusual and paranormal. We’ve got demon dogs, haunted hot springs, mysterious lights, stories and songs to keep folk singers and storytellers busy forever.

Two for one deal, just saw this in the news

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/offbeat/residents-of-dulce-claim-ufos-bigfoot-spotted-in-area/ar-BBsQHG3?form=PRHPTP

My quick thought on debunking

I see the term “debunking” as negative.  Too skeptical is as bad as too credulous.GhostWarsBGRed

Ghost Hunting, Dopamine, am I getting delusional?

Looking at the DSM 5.  Look you’ll. Let’s look at hormones and could they influence a ghost hunt, Bigfoot hunt, paranormal investigation?

For this blog we are just looking at one hormone.  DOPAMINE!

What is dopamine

Dopamine is one of the brain’s neurotransmitters – a chemical transmitting messages between neurons.

Why is it important?

Dopamine is often referred to as a “reward chemical.”  “Reinforcement” would be a better term.  Dopamine reinforces and orients attention and motivation.  When dopamine gets activated in our brains by a particular stimulus or action, it is nature’s way of telling us that something is important for us.  It is nature’s way of telling us to focus on particular stimulus.

How does it relate to paranormal investigations?

When we detect more “signal” than relative to “noise”, then we identify more patterns.  This is called “patternicity,” the tendency to find meaningful patterns in both meaningful and meaningless noise.

New research suggests that dopamine plays an important role in error detection, helping to determine whether a perception meets expectations or predictions.  When there is a discrepancy or error between expectations and perceptions (say a signal of the paranormal) then dopamine release might mark the event as important, novel and warranting attention.  If the perception exceeds expectation, it may be experience as rewarding or pleasurable and the person will want to repeat the experience.

It gets worse!

The most common type of delusion is called a “referential” delusion.  Everything happens for a reason.  The environment is somehow being manipulated.  With patternicity the detection of hidden messages and signs are not coincidences.

Dopamine over-activity may erroneously reinforce the learning or pairing of associations between what would otherwise be unrelated, or coincidental events to be attributed to the paranormal.

As I have said many times, I want to believe, but also want my science training to kick in and verify and validate my conclusions.  A dopamine release in a ghost hunt could influence the reality of what is happening.

Jus saying….

 

Keep smiling and thinking!

Dean Russell

 

Thought for the day

What would happen to the earth if the sun switched off?

Answer: There would be better satellite reception,….. but we would all freeze and die!

from “What if” comic strip by Randall Munroe

Throwing fellow hunters under the bus

From the Vital Smarts newsletter:  “Throwing someone under the bus—all in the name of fun.”

In these situations, silence isn’t golden. It’s agreement. When we don’t speak up, we show our support for the people doing the badmouthing. We’re helping to throw the person under the bus.

It’s this kind of poisonous conversation that causes bad morale to spread across a team or organization. It begins with a seemingly innocuous joke, which is really the leading edge of an attack. Instead of saying something like, “I see it differently,” others in the conversation remain silent or add to the wisecrack, amplifying the attack.

The group is creating a villain story at someone’s expense, without stopping to question the story’s truth or giving the person a chance to respond. As the story is repeated and grows unchallenged, it becomes full of what the comedian Stephen Colbert calls “truthiness.” It may be several steps away from the facts, but it feels true. And it poisons the workplace.GH-GuideCover-V4