.Are ghosts real? This is an age old question that has haunted the mind of humans since the first hominids climbed down from the trees and became aware of their own mortality. I'm certain that prehistoric humans wondered in awe at the life-force that animated not only them, their fellow humans but even the animals within their midst
Grave sites have been found in Iraq, Croatia and Israel that are believed to be at least 60,000 years old, and these are probably not even be the oldest graves in the world! I truly believe that primitive humans would not have bothered burying their clan and family members with items, trinkets and talismans that they believed would be needed by the dead in their next life, unless they had some belief system on the continuation of this life-force, and of life after death. I'm also quite certain they wondered where that life-force went, when they did encounter, the death of one of their clan or family members.
I originally opened this website back in October of 2009. Before that time, I would have to say that I was a complete skeptic when it came to the paranormal and only believed in ghosts and haunting's as something for Hollywood movies and TV programs, or those who were so afraid of death and dying that they needed the hopes of an afterlife. But after some unusual events happened to me, in my own home, events that some would consider paranormal, which I mention elsewhere in this website. I had no choice but to open my mind a bit and concede that perhaps there was something to the paranormal. I would not say I was a believer at that time and I still had my doubts and reservations, and believed that some, if not most of these events could be explained by natural phenomena.
I would have to say that I sat right on the middle of that proverbial fence with my beliefs and I sat there until I became interested in EVP or electronic voice phenomena. I've watched quite a few of the TV programs about ghost hunting, but I was not too impressed with any of the EVP that they presented as evidence of the paranormal. I did not necessarily believe that these programs were faked but I was a bit skeptical of their EVP and thought most of it was just random sounds or noises that sounded like words, it's a mental phenomena commonly referred to as auditory pareidolia.
After becoming interested in EVP, I went out and bought myself a digital voice recorder and felt compelled to attempt a few EVP sessions of my own, in my own home. The reasoning behind doing this, was with the hopes that I would either dismiss this phenomena as a simple misinterpretation of the background noise, or I would convince myself of the reality of EVP as something paranormal. After doing a few dozen sessions in my home, I have come to the conclusion that there is definitely something paranormal going on in my home, something that I cannot explain. After doing just this small amount of research on my own, in my own home, there are a few things I can say with absolute confidence.
Does this mean that I now believe that ghosts are real? Not necessarily, I cannot say with absolute certainty that ghosts are real, no one can! But I do have to admit that EVP has changed my perspective from that of an open minded skeptic to one who now believes there probably is something to the paranormal, and ghosts most likely do exist.
The reason I now lean more toward being a believer in the paranormal, is that I, personally have had some strange, paranormal type experiences happen to me, in my own home, experiences that I cannot explain. I got up one evening around 2:00 AM to let my dog out and seen a shadow that almost looked like a person, hunched over, run across my kitchen floor. To be really honest don't remember if the moon was out or not, perhaps it was, and in reality, it was only a shadow coming in through my kitchen window. I have also heard footsteps in my loft or attic room and went to investigate and found no one there, my wife has also heard these footsteps, and they have been heard on more than one occasion, and they have also been heard by other people. I have also heard voices in the middle of the night when no one was around and all the televisions in the home were off and we don't live near any other homes. And this voice almost seemed to speak to me personally. Are these events paranormal or evidence of ghost or spirit activity? I really don't know. All I do know for certain is that I can't explain them. Perhaps my own home is haunted! Or perhaps it's just my own, overactive imagination running amok. But if my home is haunted, then I think that's pretty cool.
I do find the paranormal, and the possible existence of ghosts to be both fascinating and extremely interesting. I would love to learn and know more about the paranormal and related topics. I watch TV programs like "Ghost hunters" on the SyFy channel, and "Ghost adventures" on the Travel Channel. I really don't know how much of their so called evidence is real and how much may have been fabricated for the benefit of the program and ratings, but regardless of that, I do find them interesting. The one program I did find the most believable was A&E's "Paranormal cops" and the one I found the least believable was "Paranormal State" which was also aired on the A&E network.
I do believe that the people, who act as paranormal investigators on these TV programs, are probably sincere and believe in what they're doing. But I am also a bit suspect of the some of the evidence they present. The reason I am suspect of some of this evidence is because it is relatively easy to manipulate any photo or audio evidence with computer image and audio editing software. So before you believe in any of the evidence these ghost hunter programs present, think of the ways it could have been tampered with or manipulated. They also rely on what they call EVP, or electronic voice phenomenon. The problem I see with these is that most of them are unintelligible, and the investigators seem to come up with whatever they think may have been said. I think some of this so called EVP is nothing more than static or natural disturbances of the electromagnetic field in the area where the EVP is being collected, and that static may sound like words because the human brain tries to make sense out of the chaos of that static. It's the same phenomenon that allows us to see figures in the clouds; your brain tries to make sense out of that randomness. But again, I am open minded enough to believe that some of these EVP may be actual attempt by an entity or ghost to communicate with the living. I hope no one misunderstands, I am not trying to insinuate that these ghost programs are faked, but you must to understand that they are made for television and must continue to offer entertainment value, if they wish to remain on television.
Most main stream scientists, are rather skeptical when it comes to the paranormal and especially to the idea of ghosts and haunting's. Many of these scientists have a tendency to dismiss anything that can't be verified under laboratory conditions using scientific methodology. Their attitude seems to be, if they can't see it, measure it or quantify it under laboratory conditions then it just doesn't exist. But just because ghosts, spirits or some other paranormal phenomena, can't or possibly won't be quantified and verified in a laboratory does not mean that it doesn't exist. These same scientists, who dismiss as bunk the possible existence of ghosts and the paranormal, can't even satisfactorily explain the nature of consciousness or of reality itself.
I've watched programs on the "Discovery Science Channel"
about the universe, black holes and other space
phenomenon. The astrophysicists and scientists who
narrate these programs talk of string theory and how
there may be 10 or perhaps even 11 spatial dimensions.
And some of these scientists even state there may be an
infinite number of dimensions. They also talk of dark
matter and dark energy, but can't even prove to
themselves that this stuff exists. And what I find
amazing is that these same scientists, who believe in
these unproven and bizarre theories, will often dismiss
the possible existence of ghosts, the supernatural and
the paranormal. I believe it famed astronomer Carl
Sagan who coined the term
require extraordinary evidence. Well, I'd like to
ask, where is the evidence or proof that these scientific
theories are anymore valid then the theories of the
paranormal. They rely upon mathematics to prove and
validate their theories, but the mathematics they rely
upon is only as good as those who may have created the
equations. And if there is an error in their logic, then
there is an error in the subsequent equation. And even
they admit that their theories sometimes contradict each
other, and they have yet to come up with their so called
theory of everything.
I sincerely believe that the scientists, who ridicule those who do believe in the paranormal, should step back for a few moments and take a look at the history of science itself.
It was less than a century ago, when it was considered science fiction to believe that one day; humans might walk upon the face of the moon. And there have been other strides in science, that at earlier times were believed to be impossible.
I sincerely believe that no one, and especially those with a scientific background should ridicule the believers in the paranormal, ghosts and haunting's, until they, the scientists can come up with conclusive and verifiable proof that such things are not real! I do believe that the burden of proof does lie upon the believers, but to belittle and ridicule anybody for their beliefs, is, in my opinion, just not right.
Scientists have the attitude that everything in our universe can be broken down, understood and explained through science and the scientific method. Perhaps they're right, but there is always the possibility that there are some things that just may be, beyond the scope of normal human and perhaps even scientific understanding, therefore, I believe that everyone should maintain an open and curious mind, and not attempt to negate or invalidate the beliefs of others.
If you are a ghost hunter or just a ghost enthusiast there is an outstanding book that I think everyone in the paranormal world should check out. That book is The Yoga of ghost hunting by Richard Salva. It offers some excellent tips and tricks that can help keep the ghost hunter/paranormal researcher safe and well grounded.
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