This is an article covering a few of many reasons why I, like many others do not believe in the existence of ghosts.
Throughout history in every culture of the world people have believed that something is out there. Whether this is aliens, monsters, God or what I will talk to you about today, ghosts. People use ghosts as an explanation for strange events and there is a large amount of evidence stacked against the existence of ghosts. People can have their minds play tricks on them and this can aid their belief in the existence of ghosts. Did you know that 34% of Americans believe in ghosts. So the majority of Americans do not believe in the existence of ghosts even though 56% of Americans believe that the story of Adam and Eve was based on fact. So Americans still have not worked out the bible but the majority still do not believe in ghosts. So why would you or anyone else in this day and age believe in ghosts?
I will start off with explaining what a ghost is. A ghost is usually described as a translucent, misty being that is not made of any physical material. Ghosts are similar in appearance to the deceased person, often wear the same clothes they had and is said to be found around places the person regularly visited or the person’s place of death. They are also thought of as a soul or spirit, although the belief in souls is not always associated with ghosts. This is because ghosts are thought to be souls that can be seen, heard or sensed in some way. Souls however cannot usually be seen or heard. Souls are the essence of a person and are within a person. They are thought to be temporarily absent from us when we’re sleeping and permanently leave the body when we die. A different version of ghost is a poltergeist which is believed to animate objects and therefore cause things to move, lights to turn on etc. However this has been widely dismissed by both strong ghost opposers and believers.
People have always been superstitious. We use superstition as an explanation for events that the current advancements of science cannot yet explain. The further you go back through history, the more people will believe in superstition. Many of these superstitions die out as humans have become more knowledgeable of the world around them. One of these beliefs that has been around for as long as man has existed is ghosts. Even with the current technology of today people still believe in ghosts.
Sure there are many unexplained cases but these have very little evidence of it happening i.e. bad filming, bad audio and very brief descriptions of sightings. There is always a logical explanation to everything and this includes supposed ghost events. For example a change in air pressure can cause doors to slam when nobody else is around or lights from a passing car can make it look like the lights just switched on by themselves. There have been many reports of ghost sightings from out of the corner of the eye and this is called peripheral vision which is very sensitive, especially at night when there is low light and the brain is tired and therefore more likely to misinterpret sights and sounds. Ghosts are said to come out at night and if this is when you’re more likely to misinterpret sights and sounds then that would make nearly all ghost claims phonies. Carbon Monoxide poisoning is thought to be a cause of haunted houses as older houses are more likely to have dangerous chemicals used in the building of the house. This theory has been around since 1921. Another thing associated with ghosts is a weird feeling, anxiety, deep sorrow or a sudden chill. It has been found that sound lower than humans hear able range of 20 hertz can cause these symptoms.
We have a very active and developed imagination and this can sometimes confuse our conscience on what is real and what is fantasy. The belief that a place is haunted will make us believe that any unexplained happenings is because of the presence of a ghost. When we believe something like this is true we focus our brain attention on that and get so scared that when something strange happens we freak out and do not use our brains properly, because we are too focused on thinking that there is a ghost to realise that there is no ghost at all and it was the dog that knocked over the vase.
In conclusion ghosts have just been something made up to blame unexplained incidents on, can be believed by a tired or easily fooled brain and have a huge amount of evidence stacked against them. So are you dumber than the average American, do you believe in ghosts?