Are Ghosts Real?
[Updated] I recently had a discussion with a skeptical paranormal investigator regarding ghosts and spirits. His stance was that our current level of science is sufficient enough to explain the majority, if not all, cases of paranormal phenomena. While I agreed that there are a lot of cases that can be solved using scientific explanations, my biggest sticking point in the discussion came regarding the possibility of ghosts or spirits.
According to the skeptic, ghosts (which he said were the same as a spirits) are currently undefined in science, and as such, can not be used as an explanation of paranormal activity. He went on to say that the only reason that today’s ‘pseudo paranormal investigators’ are finding evidence of such, is because they are operating under a belief bias that ghosts are real, and are naturally skewing their results to support that theory, instead of finding a scientific explanation.
To that, I asked, how is your biased belief system that ghosts / spirits are not real any different or more valid?
Naturally, this investigator is going to do the exact same thing that he accused the ‘pseudo paranormal investigator’ of doing by employing his own biases. The possibility of ghosts / spirits existing isn’t even a question to him since his version of science doesn’t support it.
Or does it?
I decided to look into this further and came across a very interesting article by EnlightenNext Magazine. In it, they interviewed Henry Stapp, a distinguished quantum physicist who studied under Heisenberg, and Pauli, amongst others. This is what he said regarding this issue:
[R]espectable theorists hold a wide variety of views as to how to understand quantum mechanics. That theory accommodates a large variety of phenomena that are not allowed by classical mechanics. The key point here is this: If something like [William] James’ fantastic laws of clinging do exist, and they are sufficiently strong, then aspects of a personality might be able to survive bodily death and persist for a while as an enduring mental entity, existing somewhere in Descartes’ world of mental things, but capable on rare occasions of reconnecting with the physical world. I do not see any compelling theoretical reason why this idea could not be reconciled with the precepts of quantum mechanics. Such an elaboration of quantum mechanics would both allow our conscious efforts to influence our own bodily actions, and also allow certain purported phenomena such as “possession”, “mediumship”, and “reincarnation” to be reconciled with the basic precepts of contemporary physics.
These considerations are, I think, sufficient to show that any claim that postmortem personality survival is impossible that is based solely on the belief that it is incompatible with the contemporary laws of physics is not rationally supportable. Rational science-based opinion on this question must be based on the content and quality of the empirical data, not on the presumption that such a phenomenon would be strictly incompatible with our current scientific knowledge of how nature works.
The full interview can be found here.
In this statement, not only does Stapp say its scientifically possible for ghosts (or the spirit of the deceased) to exist, it is a scientifically rational viewpoint.
The issue arises when we have classical scientist dismissing things that operate within the quantum because they unable to measure them, thereby using that as proof that something does not exist in totality or at the very least exist probabilistically. Clearly, this is flawed thinking.
It is my personal belief that many of these scientists and paranormal investigators who are dogmatic in the viewpoint that ghosts / spirits cannot exist do so with a lot of personal pride at stake. Not only would acceptance of the possibility of ghosts require them to admit they may have been wrong, it would also involve an overhaul of their basic belief systems, and that’s something that I feel may just be too much to ask. For now.
For anyone interested in more scientific evidence on the reality of ghosts, I encourage you to take a look at The Scole Experiment and take a look at my post The Afterlife Investigations. In it is a full length video going over some of the amazing evidence that was discovered by the Scole Group. From that post:
The Scole Experiment chronicles the extraordinary results of a five-year investigation into life after death. At the beginning of 1993 four psychic researchers embarked on a series of experiments in the Norfolk village of Scole. The subsequent events were so astounding that senior members of the prestigious
Society for Psychical Research asked to observe, test and record what took place.