There are no scientifically proven facts about ghosts, but there is a wealth of informal research data gathered by parapsychologists and paranormal investigators in purportedly haunted locations. Researchers report similarities in their findings. In addition, everyday people report experiences with paranormal beings. A 2013 poll taken by the Huffington Post says that of 1,000 adults polled, 45 percent believe in ghosts.Continue Reading
Joe Nickel, Ph.D., who contributes articles for the Committee of Skeptical Inquiry website does not believe in the existence of ghosts. Further, he discredits the work of paranormal investigative teams like those on TV when he writes: "The problem is exacerbated by the pseudo-scientific use of scientific equipment and by the distinct possibility that ghost hunters are actually causing—even if unintentionally—some of the very phenomena they are experiencing!"
Those who believe in ghosts say that there are many things we know for sure about them. First and foremost, they exist, say veteran ghost hunters like Luke Marcus who writes for New Age Man online in the United Kingdom. Experts in this pseudo-scientific area of study believe that animals really can sense spirits and that when you get "that creepy feeling," there is a possibility that a ghost really is standing next to you. Marcus goes further to say that actual communication, or speech, between a human and a spirit entity does, in fact, occur.
Websites, such as YourGhostStories.com, compile the accounts of people all over the world who claim to have witnessed spirits. An anonymous young writer on the site, a mother, reports the sensation of being followed.
Scientists, researchers and common citizens on both sides of the issue of ghosts continue to debate the existence of ghosts.Learn more about Paranormal
Among those who believe in ghosts, there are many different opinions as to what they actually are and why they exist. According to About.com, the traditional belief is that ghosts are the spirits of dead people who have become trapped between their human life and the next plane of existence. Those who become ghosts typically suffered a tragedy or trauma in their human lives that contributed to this entrapment.Full Answer >
Many Internet sites claim to display real-life images of ghosts, including HauntedAmericaTours.com, Paranormal360.co.uk and DreadCentral.com. There are millions of links online to images and information about ghosts. Purported images of ghosts online range from amorphous, mist-like shapes to slightly transparent likenesses of human beings.Full Answer >
Photographers can use a number of techniques to produce convincing photographs of ghosts. In the article "How to Fake a Ghost Photo," Psychology Today blogger Katherine Ramsland describes a photographic technique called painting with light. She explains that flashlights can create ghostly effects in photographs taken under low-light conditions. Many ghost photographers may mistake these natural light effects for paranormal phenomena, Ramsland observes.Full Answer >
Because no substantive evidence for the existence of ghosts is universally accepted by science, arguments for their existence are more insinuations of likelihood or probability than they are concrete proofs. Some of the commonly evoked ideas related to the possibility of ghosts' existence involve multidimensional and many-world theories.Full Answer >