Do Ghosts Really Exist?
'Ghosts' exist - fact! But
what are they? The term 'ghost', covers a broad spectrum of
definition. And in it's broader form, the term means 'the remanence
or residual (some remaining part) of something that was once whole'.
Most often, people perceive a
ghost to be the spirit or something else which remains of someone
once living, or in some instances objects, places, sounds and / or odors
which momentarily exist, that could possibly originate from another
As a Paranormal Investigator,
and Ghostologist, I'm often asked if I believe in ghosts, and if so,
what are they? And after 35 or so years of speaking to many people
on the subject - it's interesting to note, that the majority of
'believers' claim to have experienced or witnessed ghostly
phenomena. As a matter of fact, I have met numerous people who have
eventually entrusted me to details of their own experiences, on the solemn
provisory that I do not reveal their identity to anyone else -
probably for fear of ridicule. Although it's worth noting that it is
a typical human trait, to 'laugh off' or make humor of something
which we would normally find awkward to conceive - by a way of
socially more readily dealing with a matter.
There are many instances
whereby witnesses to a ghost or collection of ghosts have
mysteriously later given matching details, to that of other
witnesses. If such details had been previously known, then a parapsychologist
might describe the experience as being created or shaped by the subconscious.
However, again there are many reports of individuals reporting the
same details without prior knowledge of others experiences! This
would seem to substantiate, that in some incidences, the experience
is very real, and not created in the mind - although the jury is
still out on weather the brain is acting as some sort of receiver or
detector to some external influence.
There are of course incidences
which do not simply rely on personal testimony, but have left some
trace, or even been recorded on equipment - most interestingly audio
and visual recorders. The problem here is of course some what
obvious - the opportunity for equipment fault (or malicious tampering),
or perceptual trickery - deliberate or otherwise.
An ideal scenario for the
proof of ghosts actually being the residual of persons once living,
would consist of multiple independent witnesses, reporting identical
experiences, with additional multi audio/video recordings. Better
still if other phenomena could also be detected and directly related
to an incident, for example, such as a radical change in the special
electrical potential/charge at the point of incidence.
To achieve such results would
be somewhat challenging. However, it may prove easier to achieve
such results if we could more accurately predict when such an even
might take place. There may even prove the possibility to influence
or encourage such an 'event' - being the appearance of a ghost or
ghosts - to take place.
Ghosts - Passive or
If ghosts, as previously
defined do exist, then are they conscious entities, able to interact
with us and our surroundings, or simply a replay of their former existence
('stone tape' theory, like an old movie were the since deceased
characters have no consciousness or interaction with us, here and
now. Or is it possible that a combination of both could exist.
With our advancing
understanding of the sciences, and specifically quantum theory, and
advancements in technology - it's not only possible, but even likely
that both ghost scenarios could exist under certain circumstance or
conditions - but we may also soon, if not already, have the
technology to readily record or interact with such phenomena.