Ghosts and Hauntings
Abraham Lincoln has long been said to haunt the White House First Lady Grace Coolidge, wife of President Calvin Coolidge, was the first to claim to spot Lincoln’s ghost. She claimed to see Lincoln looking at the Potomac River sadly from the Oval Office. Carl Sandburg claimed to have “sensed” Lincoln do the same as well. Both Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands and Eleanor Roosevelt allegedly saw Lincoln’s ghost during World War II in the Lincoln Bedroom (Lincoln’s office during the war); the Queen admitted to fainting after seeing Lincoln in his top hat. Margaret Truman heard a tapping sound attributed to the ghost so often that Harry Truman ordered the White House renovated. Gerald Ford’s daughter Susan Ford made a point of never sleeping in the Lincoln Bedroom, out of fear of Lincoln’s ghost. Maureen Reagan claimed to see Lincoln’s ghost in the Lincoln Bedroom as well during the administration of her father, Ronald Reagan. Others who have sensed or reportedly seen Lincoln’s ghost were Harry Truman and Fala
Thought for the day. We all love the paranormal. We wouldn’t do this if we didn’t. Me personally, I keep looking for that one event that will blow my mind.
My problem is that I recognize my assumptions and know my own personality. My personality wants to believe, my education over-questions each supernatural occurrence. I never hunt alone, and have found it effects my mind on how I think depending who I hunt with. I find myself prey to mirror-imaging and related mindsets. Don’t know about you, but I find myself cherry-picking to support my ghost. My motto and its very, very hard to live: Value evidence over belief.
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.