Ghosts and Hauntings
There are many contradictions inherent in ideas about ghosts. For example, are ghosts material or not? Either they can move through solid objects without disturbing them, or they can slam doors shut and throw objects across the room. Logically and physically, it’s one or the other. If ghosts are human souls, why do they appear clothed and with (presumably soulless) inanimate objects like hats, canes and dresses — not to mention the many reports of ghost trains, cars and carriages?
If ghosts are the spirits of those whose deaths were unavenged, why are there unsolved murders, since ghosts are said to communicate with psychic mediums, and should be able to identify their killers for the police. And so on; just about any claim about ghosts raises logical reasons to doubt it.
Ghost hunters use many creative (and dubious) methods to detect the spirits’ presences, often including psychics. Virtually all ghost hunters claim to be scientific, and most give that appearance because they use high-tech scientific equipment such as Geiger counters, electromagnetic field (EMF) detectors, ion detectors, infrared cameras and sensitive microphones. Yet none of this equipment has ever been shown to actually detect ghosts.
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I have wondered what the timeline is between a ghost and a “vintage” ghost?
Maybe we need a taxonomy of timelines. A name for the different time periods, say 1600’s, 1700’s, 1800’s 1900’s, 20th century. Any suggestions?
Maybe we need a taxonomy of types: Say military ghost, occupation ghosts (butcher, baker, candlestick maker) crook ghosts, politician ghosts, sorry didn’t mean to be redundant. Wonder what the full spectrum of afterlife would be. Somebody has already done this I bet. If you know, let me know.
Most ghost hunters have a number of stories on their memory shelves about ghost hunts that went well, maybe even by the book. Perfect, everything went as planned with activity and evidence.
Then tucked away there may be a tale or two about a ghost hunt that was successful, even though it required a little bit of luck to complete. We caught what we were looking for but not in the way we planned.
Then, there are ghost hunts we want to forget. No what what we do, they fall off the shelf and hit our memory function at unexpected moments. Perhaps, its the time we knew it wasn’t paranormal but we never found the root cause. If we did we found natural solutions but weren’t sure which one was the real root. Same way as finding the paranormal, we got in over our heads. Not prepared, or no explanation of what was happening.
Sometimes there are events we wished we hadn’t participated in.
We all have stories, you have yours and I have mine. One of my ghost hunts a long, long, time ago I had something happen I couldn’t figure out. A ghost hunter named Tom Turner and myself were on a hunt. We both inadvertently fell asleep around 2 am in the house we were inspecting.
We both work up running out of the house around 3 am, freaked out, not knowing why we were running, except that we were scared to death.
Tom and I never figured out what happened, except that something woke up both up and freaked us out to make us run out of a house at full speed.
I consulted many friends and experts about what might have happened. Although I didn’t know it at the time, through of my diligence and research, I never found the root cause. I kept track of a number of possible suspects, but no matter what I did, no clear cut solution appeared. It has never happened to me again.
If I was able to go back in time, I would have had a vid recorder. I am curious as to what actually happened.
To my credit since then, I have a few successes, learned to use technology, got better at rigor, and using the scientific method in my hunts.
I wonder how many of us have events stored somewhere in our closet memory of stories we can’t forget. Memories that haunt us at times, like mine. Let me know what you think, it might just be me.
They are all based on claims, it true, would exist outside of what scientists today understand to be the natural world governed by natural laws – in other words, the paranormal, or beyond the normal.
There are many “real” brain theories of something cognitive deficits. One study that interested me (conducted by William MacDonald) found that the greater financial dissatisfaction was associated the higher reports higher reports of clairvoyance (a person who claims to have a supernatural ability to perceive events in the future or beyond normal sensory contact.)
In other words your social ecology influences your paranormal belief.
Conclusion: With my finances I should be really, really clairvoyant.
Just thought to get a visual discussion going, thoughts?