Do ghosts exist?

October 15, 2015

Two writers for The Glen Echo consider the age old question.

Ghosts are real

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The existence of ghosts has been questioned since the beginning of human civilization. Since prehistoric times, many cultures have embraced the idea of paranormal activity and have passed down tales of ghosts and spirits beyond the grave throughout thousands of generations. Many cultures around the world promote the existence of an afterlife, in which life goes on within another realm. In some cultures, the existence of spirits isn’t a question, yet the belief of the existence of ghosts does not necessarily lie within one’s culture.

Division within the scientific community is prominent in regards to the existence of ghosts. It is one of the most widely discussed paranormal phenomena. Some researchers attempt to refute ghost sightings as optical illusions, yet there is far more evidence that goes beyond that.

There are many photographs throughout the world that contain “questionable” evidence. While some may be presumed as edited, there are many that have unmistakable images of a person or figure that is clearly not supposed to be in the picture. There are thousands of pieces of evidence like this including various sounds and videos. Yet, they don’t count as “scientific evidence.”

The reason behind the questionable existence of ghosts is the lack of scientific equipment. To prove the existence of ghosts, there must me the right type of technology to detect the spirit world, which, of course, has not yet been invented.

Although the existence of ghosts cannot be scientifically supported, it can be supported through personal experience. People around the world have experienced many unexplainable events that can only be attributed to the existence of paranormal activity. If hauntings do not exist, then how can they fluctuate property prices? In many cases, people feel as though their homes are haunted and find the realtor liable for withholding information.

Ghosts create sensations that one cannot explain.  There are times when their presence is questionable and there a moments when the experience is extremely real. Nevertheless, whether they can be scientifically proven or not, ghosts are, in fact, real.

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Ghosts do not exist

Whether or not ghosts exist has been a widely debated topic since the dawn of time. They are believed to be spirits of dead people: often relatives or loved ones of some sort.

Although there is a possibility of spirits coming back to life, there is no physical proof that ghosts have ever walked among humans at any point in history.

Though theories of ghosts have existed before recorded history, the ideas and physical appearance of spirits mostly developed in literature.

In classic literature such as Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the possibility of ghosts and spirits is explored. Dickens used ghosts as a physical form of the human conscience through ghosts of past, present, and future, while Shakespeare uses spirits in their most common form of dead relatives through a ghost of Hamlet’s dead father.

Scientifically, these theories and ideas are nearly impossible. Without any hard evidence, there is no way of knowing whether sightings of dead relatives or other existential spirits are real or just mere hallucinations or fabricated stories to gain attention from the public eye.

Ghosts theories are up there with zombies on a level of ridiculous fantastical fiction. Fiction writers often group many different characters in fantasy together and people cannot distinguish which could possibly be real and what can actually be fake. People should not believe what they read in fiction and what they see in Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings because the ideas of spirits coming life are simply taken from religious ideals or ones influenced by previous pieces of literature.

If you hear a creak in the floor or see a door open, it is simply either paranoia or wind to thrust open a door. Unless some physical proof of ghosts on earth surfaces, ghost stories will simply remain fiction.

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