Halloween cat from Poland. User Silar.

Ghost stories

People believing in ghosts are often seen as nutty or even delusional. But perhaps there is more to ghosts than science can explain. In the summer of 2014 a couple asked the regional news channel Fox43 in the United States to visit their haunted house in Hanover, York County.

When the team entered the house their photographer Nick Petrillo received a scratch that he couldn’t explain. He had to admit that the ghostlike phenomena at least felt real.

There are countless testimonies of similar encounters, not all of them equally reliable, but the sheer number of them justifies further investigation. There are several television series about ghosts, for instance Ghost Adventures.

Is it mere suggestion? If you look at Ghost Adventures then you might think otherwise. The crew uses instruments to demonstrate that the phenomena can be proven. The show is bloated with suggestion. It hardly ever happens like that, an investigator in the paranormal claims.1 Only, he doesn’t deny that ghosts exist.

It appears that the laws of physics don’t always apply. If this universe is a virtual reality created by an advanced civilisation then the evidence for ghosts can exist together with the laws of physics. In a similar vein reincarnation stories indicate that memories can be transferred to another person. It would imply that we are just as real as ghosts.

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Featured image: Halloween cat from Poland. User Silar (2012). Wikimedia Commons. Public Domain.

1. Why those TV ghost-hunting shows are transparently fake. Scott Craven (2019). The Republic. [link]

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