Are Ghosts Real?
What is a ghost? Well, it’s not something that runs around in a white sheet; no matter what your mom tells you, she’s just being cheap with your Halloween costume. A ghost is usually thought of as the visual presence of a deceased spirit that’s manifested itself to either help someone they knew when they were living, torture someone they knew while they were living, because they are attached to something in the living plane, or because they haven’t yet realized that they died. For years, people have reported seeing ghosts, or contacting the dead, but the question remains: Are they real? Or are these people just really crazy?
Most ghost stories you hear are usually without accompanying evidence. It’s usually something like, “Oh man, my grandma told me that when she was a little girl, she used to hear laughing coming from down the hall, and then when she’d go check, there would be no one there. So when I went to my great grandma’s house, I stayed up all night, and I heard it too!”. Stories like that are pretty hard to take seriously, since they’re usually just the individual’s mind playing tricks on them, experiencing what it wants to experience, rather than an actual encounter. However, there are those who claim to have real evidence of ghosts, gathered through, and rooted in, science.
Equipment like EMF meters (used to read Electromagnetic Field; a fluctuation in which is believed to indicate ghost activity), ambient temperature thermometers (a device that can be aimed to read the temperature in a specific area; a drop in temperature is believed to indicate activity), dowsing rods (the same “L shaped” rods used to find water back in the day…they probably don’t work), audio-recording equipment (sound is recorded then separated by frequencies to check for sounds of paranormal activity), and infrared motion sensors (to separate human and ghost activity).
With equipment like this, groups like TAPS (The Atlantic Paranormal Society) and other “Ghost-hunters” have sprung up all over the world to investigate and document encounters with ghosts. Many claim to have come across evidence in the form of recorded voices, photos (of either partial ghosts themselves, or glowing orbs, which are usually thought of as signs of ghosts on film), and personal encounters.
So this brings up to our original questions: Are ghosts real? Our answer to that is a solid: maybe. We’ve never seen one, but many people say they have. Sometimes sightings turn out to be carbon monoxide induced hallucinations, but other times, perfectly sane people without a single bit of foreign substance in their bodies make the same claims, and who are we to tell them they’re wrong? So folks, until we see one for ourselves, ghost will definitely remain…an Otherworld Mystery.