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Argument Over The Existence of Ghosts

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?

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  1. Giygas

    On September 16, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    I’m not inclined to believe anything in this article, as you provide no sources for your facts or statistics. You also insult the opposition by calling them stupid at the end of your article, which severely diminishes your argument.


    On November 12, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    you are retarded

  3. Gigs

    On May 12, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    I agree that the belief in the paranormal may have been made up to explain the unexplainable. However your actual knowledge in the paranormal seems, with respect, inadequate to make a reasonable argument. Your description of ghosts only touches upon the most sever and rare occasions. Sightings of full bodied apparitions are extremely rare, as well as poltergeist cases. You did not even mention disembodied voices (EVPS), orbs, intelligent hauntings, residual hauntings, cold spots, etc. These occurrences are far more common. If the human perception of the world is as unstable as you say it is in your article, why should we believe that what we observe scientifically is definite. There are far more secrets about the “physical world” that humans will never know. The existence of “ghosts” by your description may not be true, but there is plenty of evidence to suport that there IS something.

  4. mike derbyshire

    On August 28, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    there is zero credible evidence for the existence of ghosts. you would think there would be in the modern age. conclusion= delusional minds

  5. George Simmonds

    On January 7, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    I am prepared to bet my life that if you, or any non-believer of “something out there”, were to stay at my old cottage house in Romsey, even for a few days, your beliefs would be compromised.

    I didn’t believe until I moved to that house. I’m a believer of reason – of logic – of sense, but there are things in this world that we can not explain. Don’t disregard what you have yet to understand.

  6. Killjoy

    On April 26, 2011 at 8:58 am


  7. GOOPY

    On May 3, 2011 at 8:40 am



    On May 3, 2011 at 8:41 am

    THNXZZ!! at least sum1 agrees!

  9. Killjoy

    On May 3, 2011 at 8:43 am

    Thank you at least someone agreed:)

  10. Bob

    On September 27, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    I agree, but its impossible to prove a negative.

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