There’s been times when I’ll sit down and watch a show dealing with ghosts like Ghost Hunters and I’ll always have questions going through my head while watching them.  There are so many things that simply don’t make sense to me, which is why I don’t believe they exist.  I figured I’d go ahead and list a few of these questions here.

  1. What are ghosts supposedly made of?
  2. Why are ghosts seen in pictures and fleetingly in person only at certain times but not constantly seen?
  3. How can these things move objects and effect them if they no longer have a physical body?
  4. Why are ghosts represented in the media in so many different forms?  For instance shadows, glowing globes, transparent outlines, and solid outlines.  Why isn’t there any consistency?
  5. How can humans “sense” ghosts? What supposedly sensory do we have that causes us to get those ominous feelings that make so many people believe there’s a ghost nearby?
  6. With so many people who have died, why aren’t we constantly seeing ghosts?
  7. Why hasn’t someone trapped a ghost to be studied?
  8. Since ghosts can be seen, do they produce light or reflect it?
  9. Are ghosts affected by gravity? If they aren’t, then are many floating about in space exploring strange new worlds and civilizations?

These are just a few questions I have dealing with ghosts.  I’m sure there are people who can give there own opinion on some, but no matter what I find the whole thing a bit hard to swallow.  I will admit I’ll leave a very small possibility to there being ghosts, just a very small one.  I give it a more likelihood to being true if someone can capture a ghost that I can see and interact with.  That would be a start, but there are still other things I’d need, like proof this thing isn’t an illusion and the ghost was that of a person who actually lived, then died.  I’m sure there are even more concerns I’d have if someone could fulfill those, but I doubt anyone could even do what I suggested for proof.

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Comment by Doug Reardon on July 16, 2012 at 8:36pm

There's not a ghost of a chance.

Comment by James Cox on July 17, 2012 at 1:01am

Sadly, my wife and I have had funny things happen around our house for years, but nothing that indicates actual meanness:

The TV turning on by itself. I have actually been in the room when it happens, just about creeps me out! 

Our dogs barking at nothing!

Doors opening and closing, with no one there!

I figure that maybe the TV digital decoder is weirding out. Our puppies want to play. And I just did not notice the door opener, wife, cat, etc at the time.



Comment by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on July 17, 2012 at 3:44am

They look like aliens but it would take a miracle to find one!! Like faith in gods seeing ghosts are just objective experiences. In reality they do not exist.

Comment by Heather Spoonheim on July 17, 2012 at 9:33am

I would like to jump in on on question #5...

"How can humans “sense” ghosts? What supposedly sensory do we have that causes us to get those ominous feelings that make so many people believe there’s a ghost nearby?"

There are two aspects of our psychology that cause us to 'sense' the presence of an 'other'.  One is hyper-active agency detection.  Dr. Andy Thomson lectures about evolutionary psychology and how we wound up with religious thought/magical thought.  Essentially, when the bushes shake, it is statistically in our best interest to assume that there is something there (tiger, monster, rapist) shaking the bushes rather than just writing it off to the wind.  We will default to believing in a conscious, most likely dangerous agent in almost any instance where we do not have enough information to accurately surmise what is there.

The other aspect of our psychology that creates ghosts are 'false positives'.  Daniel Dennett lectures on the magic of consciousness, revealing just how the simplest 'misfires' can lead to phenomenon such as deja vu.  Following his explanation, when we ask ourselves if we are alone, sometimes our brain fires out the wrong answer.  Our imagination fills in the rest.

Comment by kOrsan on July 17, 2012 at 10:31am

Next up: How much gold is in a leprechaun's gold pot? Why do they wear green? Why qwed.a..dqw....asdcad....

Comment by James Cox on July 17, 2012 at 11:45am

Our day to day, crisis to crisis lives, sometimes leave much to be desired. What is a little more drama, fantasy creatures, or TV's turning themselves on, compair to that? Atleast there 'could' be something out of the ordinary! This might be one reason why it will be hard to delete religion, people really want that little 'something' outside of normal experience. Sadly, I have known people where that little 'something' is the norm. I wonder what is up with that?

Comment by Dale Headley on July 17, 2012 at 1:41pm

Try this: just substitute the word “god” for the word “ghost” in each of the questions.  Get the point?

Comment by Haunter on July 17, 2012 at 7:34pm
The two questions I always ask about those shows:
1) Why are there never any ghosts in happy, well-lit places? Is that some kind of subtle "if you're happy, you move on to heaven" kind of thing?
2) If the people on those shows are so intent on proving the existence of ghosts, why haven't they demanded that the format be more scientific and clinical rather than QUICKCUT*creepytoy*QUICKCUT*shadowonwall*QUICKCUT*darkeneddoorway*QUICKCUT*handgesturinginacreepyfashion ?

(waits patiently for the irony to kick in...)
Comment by James Cox on July 17, 2012 at 9:19pm

Sadly, the reason they have the 'Ghost Whisperer', is so people can have a cry, good or not, in their lives. It keeps people coming back. This might hurt your 'feelings', but the show is a prime time soap opera, ment to sell paper towels or klenexor, and offer tough guys an opportunity to cry with their date! I have watched it to, and even felt the smallest tear begin to exude, but then I realize that, 'hay what mind f--k is this. I can cry at seeing dead deer along the road, or body counts from Irag, which would atleast be real sadness'.

Comment by Bob MacVay on July 17, 2012 at 10:21pm

Dale,are you implyiing you have to have faith that ghosts exist just because there is no scientific evidence to support their existance. Wait now,I think I have heard this story before somewhere.There go those god dammed Atheists ruining everything for the believers again! Have you people no mercy?


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