Ghosts. Are you a believer? Either you are or you aren’t. Everyone has an opinion.
Ghost stories are said to have been around since 2000 B.C.. The word Spirit from Latin. Phantom from Greek. Spook from Dutch. Wraith from Scotland.
The Egyptian Book of the Dead speaks of ghosts, as does the Koran. So does the Hebrew and Christian Bibles. Let’s face it, Jesus’ resurrection on the third day is a ghost story.
Different religions dedicate full days to ghosts such as the Chinese Ghost Festival, which in 2012 will be August 31. Christianity gives us, All Souls Day, traditionally November 2. Mexico’s Day of the Dead is an official state holiday. Banks close.
Many people make their living interacting with ghosts. Ghost Hunters like those cuties, Grant Wilson and Jason Hawes. Or ghost tours like one finds in cities such as London: www.walks.com/Homepage/Ghost_Walks/default.aspx Or mediums like James Van Praagh //vanpraagh.com/index.php or Dr. Mary Anderson //www.drmaryanderson.com/
My point is: with all this history, literature, and religious validation, there must be something to the myth.
Those who don’t believe in ghosts do not doubt the sightings or physical experiences of those professing to have had an other worldly encounter. Indeed, the experiences number too many to be ignored. Instead, the naysayers argue that phenomena such as a cold rush of air, or seeing cloudlike shapes, or seeing actual dead people are due to brain activity.
Yes, the brain, in its grieving state, will compile random bits of information (sights, sounds, smells) to recreate such phenomena to release its grief. Another explanation is that the sightings are hallucinations from a stressed brained, or as others believe, a subconscious brain. If the ghost is seen by more than one person it is a case of a group hallucination, or the telepathic ability of one person to communicate their hallucination to others.
Interesting this last group believes in telepathy, but not ghosts.
So what do you believe?
Do you see Dead People?
For fun check out this free site //ghoststudy.com/