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Are Ghosts Real?

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The evidence is overwhelming that ghosts, supposedly disembodied spirits of the dead, are not real. The notion of ghosts derives from ancient tendencies towards animism, the practice of anthropomorphizing non-human objects. It was also likely formulated as an effort to come to terms with death, and to commune with one's ancestors. Once ghost legends were initially imagined up, confirmation bias - the inclination to see what we want to see - took over, and perpetuated the phenomenon in human culture.

When considered without wishful thinking, the idea of ghosts is filled with logical holes. For instance, why are reports of ghosts less numerous in cities that have been inhabited for many thousands of years, such as many in the Near East, than in those established relatively recently, such as less than 150 years ago? We would expect the opposite to be the case. Why, despite the existence of millions of video cameras for at least a couple decades, has no one ever captured a convincing video of poltergeist activity? Why is all the evidence for ghosts purely anecdotal?

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Given an observed tendency to believe in ghosts even in the absence of any personal experiences whatsoever, and the lack of any videographic evidence that can be authenticated, it seems extremely plausible that ghosts are not real. Scientists have proposed various explanations for why people believe in ghosts. Among them are sleep paralysis, the feeling you get when you wake up in the middle of the night, can't move your body, and feel a nearby presence; infrasound, which is too low to be audible but can still be felt subtly with the body and can cause a feeling of dread; and the existence of "orbs," ghost-like videographic relics common to all forms of artificial image capture.

Because believing in ghosts is a fun thing to do, many will continue to believe for quite some time, despite the shakiness of the evidence. A 2005 Gallup poll found that 32% of American adults believe in ghosts. However, the exponentiation of cheap video cameras seen in recent years, coupled with image analysis software, will keep piling the burden of proof on believers in ghosts, until eventually, all credibility in the notion of ghosts will evaporate like a specter in the fog.

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anon87008
Post 107

I like how pretty much everyone who's posted that they believe in ghosts starts like this "Ghosts are real. I'm 10 years old and i see them."

Not to sound like a jerk, but children have extremely vivid imaginations, so how can we use anything they have to say as credible information? I've never seen anything, never heard anything, never felt anything.

The only people I know in real life who believe in ghosts, are extremely strange people who have obvious emotional issues and usually have suicidal tendencies.

anon86699
Post 106

ghost are real. the proof is all around us. You just need to pay attention.

anon85971
Post 104

Well, sorry, but i think that ghosts and spirits are real! When i was 10 (i am 11 now) i saw a white figure walking down the stairs and go through the door. i haven't told anyone and then the other day i was sitting on my bed waiting for my friend when i saw my tv control lift up in the air so it was floating. i got up and tried to grab it but i felt someone try to push me away.

Then only a week ago i was sitting on the sofa watching tv with my sister when we saw someone sit down on the sofa next to me. And we were having a conversation with the ghost. It told us everything about it.

Then at 7:30 in the morning i woke up and saw a young girl in her teens with long black hair but she looked wet and her clothes looked all ragged up. I was scared she was leaning towards me then my brother started crying in the other room and she went through the door.

So i am a believer in ghosts and no one can stop me from what i believe in as i have seen people in olden age clothes.

When i was out with my friends, we were just sitting on the grass as we were having a picnic and we saw this guy with three dogs and they were floating and you could see through them and what do you call that?

When i was over at my friend's house, my friend's sister started screaming and saying she could she her grandad in the door way where we were standing. Paranormal? Please help. I am really scared that they might hurt me because one has tried to throw a football at me when i was at school.

They come to me for help. They call my name out and they say, "help me please (then say my name. i will not say my name in case my school friends are on this and get freaked out)."

I'm 11 and i am scared. i try to help them. I have helped a couple of ghosts pass over but it's too hard. my dad thinks i am going crazy. it's really hard.

anon84268
Post 102

ghost are real. i've heard and seen a lot of ghosts. even my three year old cousin has seen one. scary.

anon84256
Post 101

Oh, come on people! To be honest, i don't really believe in ghosts but i believe in spirits. i don't believe in an afterlife on earth, because it's just not real. anyway, why is it always people who are haunting, and not animals? We've got the same biological functions, don't we?

And if you think you've seen a ghost, then it means that you have a massive imagination! it's your brain playing tricks!

Anyway, you cannot prove that ghosts are real, because they are 'transparent', and anyway, how can you take a photo of a ghost, huh? You see what you want to see.

anon82910
Post 99

Yes ghost are real. Believe us. We had seen ghosts in our grandfather's house. We were playing and we saw something.

anon82650
Post 98

Look, you guys don't need to say that they are not real. Don't listen to them. I'm that girl from post 78 and i do not lie.

My school is infested with ghosts and what was weird is that ghost was one of my spelling words, then i saw one sitting right in front of me, whispering my name. I will not tell you what my name is because if you are one of my classmates you will be freaked out.

It used to scare me when they asked me to help them but now I'm not. First, i find out how they died (sometimes i have visions about it) then i see if they are angry or sad then i help then put it in the past. hopefully. they see the light after that.

Don't say that they're not real. Some people think that i lie because I'm a 10 year old girl but i don't lie.

anon81333
Post 97

before you start any ghost believing, study the human body and see how it operates, then think outside the box.

anon80131
Post 96

i need to know if ghosts actually do exist. this is for my school stuff! i am so bored!

anon79274
Post 95

I'm actually kind of offended that some of you actually think that the proof that some of us have is fake. It's not! I can see and hear ghosts, all day, every day. It's not fun, it's scary!

For some of you to say that it's not true, it hurts. When I'm walking or driving by a cemetery, I hear voices, many of them sad or angry. I usually try to ignore it, but sometimes it catches my attention and I have to look, bad decision.

Some of you have said that you don't believe because you haven't experienced anything, not everyone does. Some people are just more in tune with their spiritual side than others.

anon78834
Post 94

Ghosts are definitely real. I'm only 16 years old and sense the beginning of 2010 people in my small town are dying rather quickly. This has never ever happened here. The tests for all these people are coming back negative for everything!

So what is really killing all these people? I always have this feeling that someone is watching me, and when i wake up in the morning some of my stuff in my room are moved to different places around my room. I know they're real!

vampirro
Post 93

I agree with anon76153. Ghosts are Satan's creations. that's why some ghosts can kill and some can't.

anon76153
Post 92

There are no ghosts. All it is satan or the devil. They want to scare us and thus create all the images, hallucinations, change their form into something scary. Satan/devil cannot easily make themselves available for human to see. They required a lot of energy since they live in different dimension/world/universe(?).

Think about it, we can't see them due to the fact that our eyes are not capable of seeing something that is not in some range of wavelength. the reason why they want to scare us will be based on how your religion believes. well, I'm not a scientology believer. These are some thoughts from few researchers.

anon76103
Post 91

I don't believe that ghosts are real, but I think that spirits are real. The reason is because I was going to sleep and my bed is faced towards my closet there was nothing white in my closet and i looked in there and I saw a white figure.

It was shaped like a human, but not all the way it was kinda oval-shaped. The other reason is that it was very very early in the morning and I woke up to use the bathroom and I went back into my room and I lay down and I heard my name being called and it wasn't a hallucination. It was a sudden whisper and it sounded like it was right in my face. So that's only my opinion.

anon75487
Post 88

Anyway, I believe in ghosts and my friend died without any blood coming out or anything. We were sleeping in an old cabin. Then I heard pots and glasses breaking when there weren't any!

anon74360
Post 86

Well, i want to believe in ghosts but i don't know. i mean no one has proof that they do or do not exist, correct?

vampirro
Post 85

Ghosts are actually fallen angels. I'm studying in a Christian school and my teachers have told us about ghosts. Ghosts can change their physical appearance. They can also imitate the look of our dead loved ones.

anon73968
Post 84

Well, i know ghosts are real because i have had ghost experiences from when i was one all the way to five. also i am now 11, but since i was about five, i don't think I've seen anything. But I'm going to do more investigating all about ghosts because they rule.

anon73758
Post 83

okay when I was 11 years old and i used to hear voices (still do) and they were very nasty but then i started seeing them and that was when i asked my mum and dad if they could hear and see them as well and they said they couldn't! i told people at school they said i was weird and even my teacher said that, so i can't stop them from doing things to me or saying things. They follow me around!

i am now 26 and i still have this problem!

anon73757
Post 82

Even though i have no proof of it, i think ghosts are real. I think this because me and my mum went to pick up my little sister from her school and then we had a parents meeting, so when we were waiting we saw some children playing and my little sister was talking to thin air. I was wondering why so i looked at my mum to tell her and then we both looked back and there was a little girl sitting with her doll talking to my sister!

We changed my sister's school and a couple of months later, a little boy was said to have the same story!

anon72293
Post 81

There is no such think as a ghost! I believe in spirits, but it is stupid to say they are real. Listen to scientists! It's your imagination, your brain, your sleep paralysis. So everyone who has read these and gotten scared, it's okay. I used to believe in ghosts, until my dad told me that your brain messes with you when you say ghosts are real.

Believe me: I haven't experienced anything that is paranormal since I told myself there is no such thing as ghost! Tell yourself that there's no ghost, and trust me, you will see nothing anymore!

Thanks for taking your time to read this.

anon71277
Post 80

They are real. Trust me!

anon70686
Post 78

i am 10 years old and i definitely believe in ghosts. do you want to know why? i will tell you but don't call me a freak.

i can see and hear ghosts. People always think that i am lying but i am not. i promise you i would not lie to the public. i help ghosts cross over to the light. most of them are stubborn and is mad at me for trying to help them and they try to hurt me but i don't let that get in the way. ghost are just people and don't be afraid of them. they won't do anything to you if you don't do anything to them.

anon69525
Post 77

okay, so check this out. somebody said someone cannot have a conscious experience without the brain functioning.

however, if you look up near death experiences people experience things even when they're brain dead. i know the theory of chemicals releasing in the brain upon death, but no one's been able to prove it, and if your brain shows no signs of functioning and is truly dead you can't remember any experience, whether real or imagined.

there is a theory that consciousness exists on the quantum level of matter (below atomic particles) where material does not function like it does in our physical world. so upon death, our atomic bodies may become inactive, but through a process known as quantum entanglement energies become sort of locked together.

This would mean there is an after life, and maybe an explanation for ghosts? i'm not 100 percent but it definitely sounds like it could be true.

and i'm not a 12 year old kid. I'm a bio major/psych minor with an obvious interest in quantum physics.

anyone else who talks science to debunk is either close minded or pissed off at the world for whatever reason. science may not be able to prove it 100 percent, but there's no way it can debunk it any more as well.

anon69182
Post 76

I do believe in ghosts. The energy we have in life has to turn into something and go somewhere. Much like how water is heated and turns into steam. It changes state, but it is still water. I have had some experiences. About a month ago, someone I loved very much died. And ever since then, I have sometimes felt something touching my hand.

anon69027
Post 75

i believe in ghosts. Many, many things have happened to me. Just to day I was in my backyard and saw a young girl sitting on my favorite swing. She looked about five or six years old with long blonde hair in braids and a calico dress on. She looked at me, smiled and then disappeared. Yeah, ghosts aren't real all right. (sarcasm)

anon68648
Post 74

I have to say that for kids only 10 to 13 who posted on here have pretty good writing and spelling skills. Most 10 to 13 year old kids I know don't have the writing and spelling skills as good as what has been posted on here. Are they really as old as they say they are?

Moderator's reply: Posts are edited for spelling and grammar before they are approved. This ensures consistent quality and readability.

anon67345
Post 73

Ghosts are definitely real. the reason why i say this is because since i was a little girl (i'm 17 now). i have always gotten chills down my back even when it wasn't cold in a room.

a few years ago when my mother was still alive and we were living in a trailer, i was told that a man died there and my room happened to be his room. so every night when i was asleep all i could feel was my blanket closing down on me as if someone was lying on me.

When i was house sitting for my grandmother another time there were loud bangs and thumps coming from the doors and from the upstairs, so yeah, ghosts are definitely real.

anon66402
Post 72

Okaym for everything people have experienced there are two sides or explanations. 1. You're a believer in ghosts so your brain messes with you and you assume its a ghost because that is what you're expecting.

Or 2. There is a reason you saw what you saw, or heard something, or something moved. maybe it fell off the table because it was unstable. Maybe you heard what you heard just because people hear things. It doesn't mean it's a ghost. I had an experience in my house one night where a loaf of bread fell off the top of my fridge for no reason. Other than that nothing has ever happened to me to make me believe in them.

I feel that people who think they are real just exaggerate or think they see something. Everyone randomly thinks they see things that aren't there. I can't believe until further proof.

anon65237
Post 71

I am 12 years old and I do think ghosts are real.

I have been living in a house that has been haunted for ten years.

Someone would always pull on my hair.

One morning at 5:30 am I heard banging pots and cabinets shutting and went in my moms room.

I was only 10.

I saw a white figure by the tv I ran back downstairs and covered myself up. five minutes later I felt a big breeze. Ten minutes ago I was hearing noises as if someone was breathing in my room and they would not stop.

So I think they are real.

anon64749
Post 70

Ghosts aren't real. Everything a human sees/hears/experiences is all controlled by the perception regulated by this spooky thing called the brain.

Ignorance is the main factor as to why people still believe in ghosts, religion, superstition etc. People fail to realise the complexity of the human brain, and the different effects the external environment can have on the way we all interpret our surroundings.

Everything we perceive has an explanation, none of which are paranormal or anything related, and actually most "stories" you hear about "ghost sightings," experiences, etc., are either extremely fabricated out of natural human desire to seem interesting, or insanely exaggerated and embellished from, for example, a vase falling over, to a 'poltergeist' appearing, shaking curtains, making noises, haunting, etc., etc.

Everything related to paranormal activities/religion/superstition is based on primitive fear responses, and the need to try to explain seemingly "unexplainable" events with illogical and simply stupid stories with no evidence whatsoever.

anon63638
Post 68

Okay, so I'm not dissing anyone that doesn't believe in ghosts, but I myself have had many paranormal experiences. Too many to ignore. I've seen spirits, black with red eyes, white misty human-shaped forms, and I've seen what they can do. They've knocked on things, moved things. They knocked a lamp off my shelf, turned on taps, etc., etc. Should I keep going?

Anyone who visits my father's house regularly or lives there have all experienced something, many of them the same.

I also have a friend who knew everything that happened there who has never even been inside the house, who had no way of knowing, and she told me everything.

She said a ghost told her, and I believe every word of it, because there is no other possible way that she could of known what she told me. She told me the year my grandfather died before she even knew that I had a grandfather. Explain that?

anon62309
Post 67

Ghost aren't real according to my religion and beliefs. when person dies, his or her spirit will go to the other world to live there near Allah (God) forever and he or she can't come back to this world. all of the pictures about ghosts are hoaxes. this is my opinion. maybe I am wrong and maybe right.

anon62015
Post 66

I've seen and heard a ghost before. This bed that my grandmother died on in her sleep has been passed down the family and one night I heard footsteps coming up the stairs and then suddenly the door was flung open. I felt breathing then i heard my nan say my name, "lauren, lauren," then if i didn't answer she would say it louder, "Lauren! Lauren!"

I am only 10 so i was scared but am just going to tell you these ghosts are real but they cannot hurt you unless you killed them or did something to them which they died from.

anon62011
Post 65

I'm no scientist but isn't it basic knowledge that energy cannot be created or destroyed? So perhaps, somehow, sometimes the energy in our bodies doesn't simply dissipate when we die.

What if it is possible that someone, perhaps with a strong personality or dare I say unfinished business, or even someone for whom death came suddenly, violently even, could become disembodied - living as pure energy until they are forced to let go somehow? Just a theory.

I never used to believe in any kind of life after death until I started seeing and experiencing some very strange (but never scary) things for myself. Seeing is believing, blind faith is dangerous.

silverwolf
Post 64

No offence but I'm still a 10 year old kid but I did see a ghost. No lies and I have proof. I even saw my dog's chew toy just floating in air and my attic door (which you can't open it) opening and closing which made me freaked out. Oh, you can ask my friends (even if you don't know them) if I really saw that. I was sleeping over at my house.

anon61470
Post 63

Sometimes i feel like i can feel another non existing spirit with me in the same room as me. But to believe in ghosts for sure, 100 percent sure, i would need to visit a real haunted house?

anon59422
Post 61

i am staying at my mum's and i am sleeping outside in a tent and every night i see a ghost standing around or sitting down outside our back shed.

i told my mum about it and she told me that the people that previously lived here hanged themselves in the shed. since then, every night, if I look up in the shed i see a person move. this is about the third experience i have had with ghosts.

anon59225
Post 60

Ghosts are real.

anon56843
Post 59

I don't think they are real at all. No one has actual proof! but whatever. But when i was like eight, i went downstairs at 4 a.m. or so maybe it was 3:30. i don't remember. it was like four years ago or so. i had the chicken pox. eww

I saw a whitish figure that looked like my mom who was sleeping upstairs, peek out from around a corner then back away. Weird.

Even though i 'saw' that, i don't think they are real at all.

anon55323
Post 58

Some of my family members have told stories of them seeing ghosts. I am scared, to tell you the truth. And i obviously believe ghosts are real. I am only 13.

And my Aunt Gerlene has recently been murdered. By her own son!

And this is kinda weird but I've got to say: I was in the shower and I had the stereo going and I bent down to change the song. Well, it worked, then it went to different one. And then started to rewind, like, the CD was skipping, but backward. And then forwards. So I decided to turn it off, then on. And it only stayed on no. 1. So I left it on that. Then i continued doing cleaning my face with soap and a rag. So I obviously had soap on my face. So I could open my eyes. And I needed to. because I felt like she was watching me. Like, I could see her just sitting there staring at my face. But when I was imagining her looking at me, her face was dirty and dry blood was on it.

But who knows? I never said I saw one. But it sure feels like my Aunt was there. And I do have to say. My Aunt got stabbed to death. First one step in the back, then she had a whole bunch of slash marks on her arm from covering her face. And then he (her son) finally got to her neck, and stabbed her about 6 to 7 times.

But besides that, thank you for taking your time to actually reading everything I wrote.(: That is, if you started from the beginning. Cheyenne

anon52200
Post 57

Ghosts are real, we have a history written in Philippines that ghosts are proven true. In Manila at Tarlac bridge, there is a demon kid lurking around the bridge built by a murderer architect.

The architect himself was the ringleader for making the evil spirit. for some reason, to make the bridge stable, he murdered a random kid outside and mixed his blood with the cement. It is common saying from their delusional believing that it will make bridge stable. Then after a few months, a three-wheeled motorcycle with passengers in it passed by the bridge, then just saw blood coming out of nowhere, pouring heavily towards them. They thought they were being pranked by stupid people but there weren't any people found at the moment. All they saw was a kid hanging horribly alongside the bridge.

anon52028
Post 56

they are real. my high school is haunted and i have an actual photo of a little ghost girl in a classroom. And it is a ghost because the picture was taken at 9 at night, when there was no one there and all lights were out. in my pic, one door in the hallway is open, the light is on, and a little girl is clearly peeking out.

my high school was built on top of a slaughterhouse in which people were killed inside due to a large earthquake. yup. i'm convinced.

anon51564
Post 55

Ghosts are real!

anon51120
Post 54

Well here it is. I am the writer of Tin's Hypothesis. I was just roaming around when I saw this article. Why don't people understand that one needs a brain to understand, eyes to see, legs to walk, nose to breath? I don't get it. If a ghost could see or react with you, then think of what is the purpose of us having physical organs. What you think you see is actually an illusion which came up from the fear of death. Or the fear of seeing things that humans cannot explain. So get over it. If anybody could prove to me that there is a presence of a ghosts (even tv shows like ghostbusters etc) you are welcome to contact me.

anon50606
Post 53

ghosts are real. i get haunted all the time and my kid looks and laughs at nothing all the time.

JackieLegs
Post 52

ok, i don't believe in ghosts, but i do believe that there is, in fact, something else out there like spirts that have not yet crossed over into the afterlife, so if anyone wants to humor me on the subject please feel free. :)

anon50227
Post 50

i want to know that if the ghosts are real then why can't we see them? i have a doubt about whether ghosts are real or not.

anon48835
Post 49

i am bored because i'm doing a report on ghosts for school!

anon48462
Post 48

Ok so i've seen ghosts before, probably seven. i think when i was a kid i was walking to my mum's room down the hallway. when i looked into the lounge room i saw a old man or someone in their 40's or something with a dog walking in to the heater. i looked away then looked back and there was nothing. another time i saw a black cat run across the room. recently i moved to an estate which used to be a mental hospital. i live across the road from were the really crazy people used to be. i looked out the window when i was on the staircase. Across the road i saw a group of ghosts where the building was some were females. they looked like they were wearing olden day clothes.

anon48158
Post 47

look at all of these ghosts pondering about if they're real or not. I don't see anything more blatant. humans try to cope with death by believing in things like ghosts and souls, but the truth is it just makes you feel better. death is death. it is what it is. you're as good as dead. try not to spend the only life you'll ever have by worrying its departure. for your own sake.

anon47075
Post 46

paranormal - impossible to explain scientifically: unable to be explained or understood in terms of scientific knowledge. hope that helps. i personally believe in ghost i see them every friday night. they're on the CBS show "Ghost Whisperer."

anon45335
Post 45

I've had several things happen throughout my life that can't be logically explained. I saw and spoke to a woman who was a relative of my husband's, only to find out later that night that she had been dead for years. I described the dress she was buried in, the mole on the side of her nose, etc. to her sister. I'd never met this woman before, so I didn't know anything about her. My brother died three days later. A warning? I don't know, but I've often wondered. Other things have happened, but that stands out in my mind more than the others. Believe what you want, but I'm keeping an open mind. I *do* believe in life after death, in heaven or hell. I don't know what all this other stuff is, but I believe there's something out there. What? I don't know.

anon44972
Post 44

well, I do believe in ghosts. i had an experience of it when I was in grade school. before, I didn't really believe in it but when I saw it once, everything I believed to be true before was out! i was sleeping with my door open when I woke up in shock, seeing a boy seated in front of the door. i stared at him for about five seconds, no blinking when suddenly he began turning his head on me. that was the scariest! since then, I started believing that ghosts are *real*!

anon43066
Post 43

Listen everyone, I have seen a lot of paranormal activities in some parts of Oregon. I have seen a lot of them, but I am not scared of them. I think they are more likely spirits, not ghosts. A small blue ball, glittering at the corner room, then the faint blue light gradually disappears as I take a view on it. In my humble opinion, I think they are spirits. I often see it on random apartments or where trees are crowded except in the house I lived for so long. Afterwards, I saw this girl with black hair and wearing a white satin dress at the door of my room. She seemingly wants to irritate me and to leave the apartment. It shows up sometimes in the evening or in the dawn. I tell you, some spirits are annoying and then some are expressing emotional feelings. They can express it when I touched their faint small lights or when they entered my dream. Then when I woke up, there are tears in my eyes automatically coming out caused by unknown sources. Then, there are a few more. I was asleep then my soul separated from my body, then boom, my body pointed directly to the window. all I could see was the tree outside, then there was something trying to show up. gradually the voices are increasing as well coming from the trees. I focused to close my eyes, it was dark, the lights were off, and finally, I woke up safely. I tell you, spirits are also persistent to show their presence. I still have no idea why only my father and I could see it except my other siblings, friends, visitors, and my mother. But, I have made my decision to leave the dwelling, so that I will live eventually in a peaceful place where no one can bother us. No more creaks and bangs on the kitchen, bathroom, closets and the presence of spirits are not involved with me anymore.

anon40079
Post 42

people who are 100 percent convinced there is no life after death and think we die and nothing happens are probably a bit depressed or have a lot of guilt in their lives. You can argue all day. there is no proof in either direction.

If you think of how big our brains are compared to the extremely vast complex universe you should keep an open mind. Science has only been around for a tiny tiny fraction of time compared to the universe. To think we humans know everything of what our eyes can see, seems logical but primitive at the same time.

It's good to be a skeptic, but keep an open mind.

One experience for me. Walking home at sunset from class, and it was not busy at all. I felt a strong tug on my shirt from behind, it actually jolted me backward. I thought it was a friend that snuck up on me, but no one was even in sight. This part of campus was built in the 90's and actually dug up a small Indian burial ground. Factual reports and evidence of the remain are on record.

Still I'm 70 for, 30 against though. not enough proof.

anon38789
Post 41

Ok i am a firm non believer, but have you ever thought about this: if you believe in ghosts then you believe in afterlife, if in afterlife then in religious texts which predict so and if in those, then in god. So shouldn't all of you who have seen ghosts/believe in them be religious?

I personally think people believe in ghosts because they want to believe that there is something for them to do after they are dead and they do not see it as a deep sleep which you never wake up from -- just that death scares them and they want to believe that it is not the final destination. please respond if it makes sense.

anon38256
Post 40

I had a very vivid dream one night. I was walking along a country road I knew well and my sister that had recently commited suicide walked up to me and hugged me. It was so real I woke up crying. Does this mean she was really there or does it mean I missed her so much I created this dream. I don't know.

anon38255
Post 39

I have lived for over half a century and there are those in my family that believe in ghosts and there are those that do not. Personally I have never seen one. My Aunt lived next to a grave yard and she absolutely believed in them but I have spent time alone at midnight in that graveyard and have never seen anything.

I can't believe in anything I can't see or touch. Sorry. That's the way it is. I don't want to believe that I could die and be stuck in some Hell between worlds. Until I see something I deny that's the way it is.

Art

anon37343
Post 37

there are no ghosts. there are dead people, spirits, demons, and angels but no ghosts. if you tell me you have proof you don't. pictures or videos don't scare me because i know that its just fig because it a cheap camera or that people are just trying to scare you. people believe its real because they want to make pther people scared. all they are doing is scaring children.

anon37123
Post 36

well....i don't know if ghosts are real or not....childhood stories of spooks and goblins and friendly ghosts may have somewhat brought about the belief in them in the first place. my aunt(who claims to have seen her dead father's ghost sitting on his rocking chair quite a few times and even drinking some of his favourite whisky of which she leaves a glassful near the rocking chair everyday!)says that just like a bird does not cease to exist after set free from its cage, so a person doesn't when he/she discards their body....i personally don't know what to believe! often in the middle of the night, i wake up hearing foot steps in the hallway, but as soon as i peep out to see who it is,i don't see anyone. coincidentally,it was around the time my uncle died of lung cancer. my mom, dad and friends all say i was probably half-asleep or hallucinating,but i don't know for sure what to think. i also love my gramma a lot,and i still cry when i think of the day she died. the two of us could not stay without seeing each other for even a day. it's been nearly four years now and gramma never came, and i doubt it's because she found a way to deal with parting sorrow...

anon37115
Post 35

so me hearing my dad play with change in his pocket just before i got a phone call from the hospital telling me he passed away is what then?

anon36775
Post 34

Ok, as I search into google if the ghost are real and found this site that seems interesting from wisegeek. Anyway, I can't judge everyone's opinion because it is really hard to believe it especially from a no religious like me, but I have actually experienced it once with my old apartment in Philippines. Those two glasses of water lying on the table next to me has thrown on its own. It just slid frontward toward the floor. All waters were scattered on the floor. My cousin panicked when we saw it moved on its own. After that happened, my cousin never went back to my house(My parents own the apartment so I called it a house)unless in Christmas to New Year's day. My suggestion to non-believers of ghost is, don't think that the ghost are real because it can cause mental illness to realization the Phenomenon. So, just forget what I said. Scientists are right, don't believe in ghosts! They have good reasons just like I said, for the sake of your mental health.

nofear
Post 33

their is suspicious activity in sri lanka (address: Millakade, Dodampe, Ratnapura). Description: Male, Black skin (asian) and black long hair.

If anyone know what kind of thing this is plz comment to this post.

anon32167
Post 32

Ghosts are *all* fake and 100% proven??? Not at all sorry you are so wrong.

Here is my proof. I not only saw a ghost when i was 13 but i had conversation with it in which she accurately predicted her own name and location of birth. All details, including the exact appearance and even voice was identical to the ghost and the ghost was born to someone i'd never even heard of at the time (someone in a location over 100 miles away!) If that was my imagination then how could i have "known" all these details??? Chance? What are the odds i wonder?? Of course the ultra skeptic will say that it *must* be chance since the possibility of it being a "real" ghost is zero but even the most skeptical side of my mind totally rebukes at such a suggestion. so sorry i'm a believer in ghosts.

anon32062
Post 31

if you ever read things like "a poll found that 32% of American adults believe in ghosts" and you have not partaken in the poll, it's utter BS. 100% of all citizens must partake in polls like these for them to ever claim "American adults"

anon31505
Post 29

Ghosts *are* real..My uncle who had just died was a pipe smoker and after his death we had a seance to try and bring up his spirit(we didn't actually believe it would work) but, when we called upon him to let his presence be known, all of us smelled pipe smoke at the same time so don't tell me they're not real..we experienced it first hand..

anon29708
Post 28

Fare play to the lot of them, but I lived in a haunted house once & there was a bottle of beer that my dad had. When the priest came over to bless the house it flew behind him & smashed off the wall. :o

anon29555
Post 27

I won't get into arguing for or against ghosts, but I do believe that the human brain is not capable of understanding all that there is. As we progress in science and technology, many things that were once science fiction are now science fact. If there is no "life" after death, then this is one crazy, complex existence for no apparent reason...

"Human beings, vegetables,or cosmic dust, we all dance to a mysterious time, intoned in the distance by an invisible player" ...Albert Einstien

anon29547
Post 26

We threw a party for a friend once so we called and rented a dj for the night. The mix board and speakers were in place but no one ever showed up. We began to wonder.. all of the sudden music began to play. Then we remembered the dj's name was g-host.

anon29317
Post 25

I respect all of the "debunking" comments on this page for the simple fact you all may have not experienced some of the things others have seen. I, only once, have seen a ghost in its (somewhat) physical form. The spirit was black but, I could see through it. A week before seeing this spirit, a close friend who doesn't even believe in ghosts saw this phenomenon.

I'm not sure if they take other forms, but another friend of the family just a few days ago, again someone who doesn't believe in ghosts, claimed to see an old lady in the living room who suddenly vanished.

If you don't believe in ghosts, that's your choice and by all means, believe what you believe.

I have seen and witnessed too many odd things in my life not to believe in them. They are people just like us, but no longer live in a physical body.

anon29296
Post 24

I bet that a fart is just a piece of ghost that broke off and smells bad.

anon29295
Post 23

If ghosts aren't real...then what is fog?

whitewolf
Post 22

to anon28867 - how do you know there is no life after death? think of

it like this, you are right in the aspect that people are afraid to

die, some are not. I am not afraid to die. I welcome it, cause it's

better there than here, right now. but back to what I mean, how on

earth can you just say that's it? no life after death, you have not

died. how do you get your information on when you die, that's it?

anon26867
Post 21

Check out something known as the "Stone tape theory" I think this is a plausible explanation for Ghosts.

Anyone with half a brain knows there is no possibility of life after death. People are afraid of ceasing to exist when they die (which is what happens) so they create stories of the after life to make themselves feel better.

If believing in ghosts makes someone feel better about their own existence then I don't see any harm in it but I don't personally waste my time with such notions :)

anon26501
Post 20

Ghosts aren't real! Stop talking about them! It's annoying, because they don't exist. Ok? This is the answer to all ur questions!

grapinator
Post 19

This is a pointless argument... You cannot prove it either way. This is a very similar topic to religion. Some believe while others don't. There's also different view points about the types of ghosts and spirits. This gives people the belief of an after life just like religion provides.

anon24706
Post 18

You are trying to tell me the evidence is overwhelming against ghosts? I don't think so. I find it quite underwhelming... Anyone else feel the same way?

anon23721
Post 17

well i have been convinced that ghosts, are in fact, real. my dad told me to go get a laundry basket from my room and so as i was half way up the stairs, i heard music from my room. i thought that i must've left my radio on, but from the angle i was at, i cud see that my radio had been unplugged, and as i walked in, i saw THE ghost of randy rhoads playing the guitar i had inherited from him (seeing i am his nephew) and he stared me in the eye for about 3 seconds and vanished out of thin air, leaving the guitar behind on the floor of my bedroom. i have proof of this, because the neck of my guitar, now has a crack in its neck based on the impact of it hitting the hardwood flooring.

anon22827
Post 16

As far as the reliability of witnesses, did you ever see that experiment where a purse is snatched in a crowded park? There were as many different versions of what happened as there were people in the park. People are generally unreliable witnesses.

Also, black holes? Physicists (real scientists) use mathematics to not only prove their existence but to provide details of individual black holes, like the massive one at the center of our galaxy. Is the existence of ghosts possible, of course, given that scientists have thus far concluded the the existence of other universes (11 so far, again by applying mathematics), we may never fully understand all that is possible, but again, there simply is no real, objective, or undeniable evidence of ghosts, and no reason to believe in such apart from our own desire to do so.

anon22826
Post 15

You guys are killing me, sensations, dreams? Did you not read the article? Sleep paralysis and infrasound are just two examples of phenomenon often confused with paranormal activity, other forms of electromagnetic activity have been proven to elicit the same sorts of sensations associated with ghostly or demonic presences in laboratory environments by acting on certain regions of the brain. Along with confirmation bias, consider the fact that human memory has been shown to be thoroughly unreliable, every time you recall something from memory the memory itself is slightly altered, over time memories are utterly transformed completely unbeknownst to the person remembering.

I have not heard of or seen one piece of photographic or recorded evidence of the existence of ghosts, demons, spirits, etcetera that has not been fairly easily debunked or even mimicked. Believe me, when I was younger and less discerning I believed the myths as well, the simple fact is that there is nothing but subjective, anecdotal, or circumstantial evidence to support these beliefs. As for feelings, please, I had the strongest feeling just the other day at the roulette table about 17 black, well that didn't work out so well, and didn't you "feel" that you were so in love with that first crush of yours and always would be, so how did that turn out? Even the strongest feelings often mislead.

The fact that someone is practical does not preclude the possibility that they may be fooled, reasonable, rational people are fooled all the time.

As for Jupiter, come on, there are ample photographs provided by satellites and terestrial telescopes. Look, I would love to believe in ghosts, it's not only fun but would provide some proof of an afterlife, and who doesn't want to believe that death isn't the end of conscious existence? Never assume that what you believe is true is true simply because you believe it is true.

anon21000
Post 14

Ok, I don't know if they are real or not, but i have watched a couple of documentaries and episodes of different things like ghost hunters that find evidence of ghosts or psychics that claim to be able to feel the presence of ghosts. The documentaries about ghost hunters are pretty convincing sometimes, so how do i know if its a hoax or not? =]

ProveIt
Post 13

Google "residual hauntings" for an better explanation. In particular, the type of foundation/mineral that the location being haunted is built upon.

anon20334
Post 12

If anyone had actual proof, we wouldn't be having this discussion. Period.

anon19542
Post 11

The examples of "logical holes" have possible explanations.

One reason why there are more reports of ghosts in newer cities could be that their populations were/are far greater than those of older cities in ancient times. There are more people living right now than all the people who have lived in all of history combined. Also consider the possibility that ghosts leave or disappear after a period of time.

Many "unexplainable" occurrences do get captured on video or photo, but they are always subject to debate and can hardly be considered definitive proof, especially with increasingly sophisticated editing technologies which could render video useless as evidence. Not all ghostly experiences have a physical manifestation that can be recorded by typical consumer equipment.

JustMe00167
Post 10

Some people can be so closed minded, the things people don't believe in are the things they fear. I know ghosts are real, I have felt them, I have experienced them. I had strange dreams for about 2 years. They grew clearer, stronger, and painted a vicious picture. I came to a point that I couldn't sleep for days. And when I did sleep it felt as though I was taken to a different place. Finally I went to the library to look through old newspapers. Turns out, everything in my dreams were right there in black and white. Suddenly my dreams were a startling reality. But how do you stop them?!?!?

catapult43
Post 9

I must admit that I do not spend too much time thinking or worrying about ghosts, however, I have had a few experiences that just make me wonder. They were all positive, or neutral experiences, nothing scary.

Even though I can not prove anything scientifically, the experiences that I had, made me believe that there are some forces or energy around us, that we do not see, and are not aware of it, but occasionally we get a glimpse of it. Something or somebody trying to help us? A ghost?, maybe. For a brief moment, I experienced something that stayed with me and I am very grateful for it.

habura
Post 8

Perhaps ghosts are real, but how do you conduct "legitimate" research or experiments?

anon13873
Post 7

Indeed ghosts may not be real. But, I must state beyond any reasonable doubt that, through my personal experience, paranormal activity is a real part of this world.

anon13803
Post 6

The vast majority of experiences come from sane practical people who are doing anything but looking for ghosts. These are people who have better things to do, jobs to tend to, other things to worry about. These people can include your own family members, coworkers, friends, neighbors and others. Even small children. Hearing a small child tell you about a strange man in the room and corroborating it is quite unnerving and disturbing to a parent. So don't tell me what is or isn't true. You haven't seen space and the planet Jupiter either, yet you know that's true - because someone said so. You have never seen a black hole in space, yet you know it exists, why? Because someone told you. If scientists spend as much time researching ghost phenomena as they do in outerworldly things, we might have already solved the mystery - once and for all. Merely sitting back and poking holes at something from an objective standpoint with straw man theories without performing any legitimate research into it will never help the problem.

anon13802
Post 5

Instead writing an article debunking it, and quarterbacking from behind a computer, why not get up go out and find out the truth yourself. Talk to the people, find out what happened and conduct your own investigation. Unlike religion where you don't really have a known means of investigating, the ghost phenomena occurs everywhere - frequently unreported. You can go to these sites, interview witnesses, conduct experiments, etc.

anon13441
Post 4

Whenever I think about ghosts, I get frightened. I feel as if someone, a cold hand, is touching my arm. Naturally ghosts are not true, but I agree that it's possible...

anon12749
Post 3

i have proof. i have evidence. i have seen ghosts/spirits. i have taken pictures of them. You are saying that there is no evidence ?

I think you guys should consider the possibility. I hope that some people "think for themselves" ...

habura
Post 1

I have to say that while I logically know that ghosts are not real, I have thought I've seen one in an old family home. I say "thought" I've seen one because I did see some transparent person but I know that ghosts aren't real. My mother also saw "ghosts" in this house as well.

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