Parapsychologists and researchers in the paranormal community claim to prove the existence of ghosts using non-scientific research methods. There is, however, no concrete scientific evidence to prove that ghosts are real.Continue Reading
Scientists strongly debate the validity of parapsychology and view the field as a pseudoscience, states New World Encyclopedia. Skeptical academics also contribute by conducting experiments and paranormal investigations of their own. One skeptical researcher of the unexplained, Benjamin Radford, understands that many people want to believe that their deceased loved ones still remain; he points out that most people who believe in ghosts do so because of personal experiences.
Paranormal researchers contend that their research is rigorous and closely mirrors the scientific method. Groups of researchers seek out information about paranormal phenomena by conducting investigations in the field. Dave Juliano is a ghost researcher and the owner of The Ghosthunter Store. Paranormal investigative teams use equipment like Juliano's to document their findings during investigations. Juliano and others like him claim to have helped identify and treat hauntings for clients through the use of these specialized tools. Many report obtaining documentation of spirit voices and images of ghosts. The Rhine Research Center sponsors research on and inquiry into the afterlife. Dr. Steve Taylor contributes articles on the Rhine Research Center website and supports the idea that psychic phenomena exists.Learn more about Paranormal
Paranormal entity or ghosts can generate different smells and odors in a phenomenon called "olfactory apparition," according to experts from Manchester Paranormal Investigations. Ghost and paranormal entities generate smells and odors often to call the attention of someone and make their presence known. The type of smells created by ghosts and paranormal entities are often linked or related with the entity.Full Answer >
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 >