At first, I debated (with myself, obviously) whether to put this in GQ or IMHO, but after further thoughts regarding the subject, I figured this, actually, would be the best place for it. But, by all means, if it is better suited for another forum, feel free to move it.
Okay, I was reading this topic the other day.
I found the discussion to be interesting, but it really raised some important questions of my own. Namely, Can the existance of ghost really BE proved globally or scientifically or logically?
From reading, it seems that, just by the topics I’ve read including the one above, that most people on here do not believe in any form of ghosts. “The burden of proof lies on the person making the claim” the old addage goes. I agree with this, yes, but what would constitute as proof when it comes to ghosts?
Certainly many people have come forth with tales of their own and things caught on video, recorders, film… Of course, they COULD be doctored up or faked, sure, but all that aside for a moment. Let’s say that we’re dealing with someone who actually believes they are looking or have caught the real deal. So they are asked for the “proof”…ah, but therein lies my question. Is there really any proof that could not be rebuked as “just a display of the shadows” or “a malfuntion of the camera” or “a reflection”? Seems to me there’s not.
No, what it seems to me is that the only people who believe in such things are people who’ve actually gone through events themselves and had first hand experience. So really, with this being the case, how is “Until I’ve seen evidence of ghosts existing, I will believe they don’t” or “the burden of proof lies on the person making the claim” logical statements when talking about the existance of spectors? Because, really, it seems IMPOSSIBLE to be able to really prove it. ‘Proof? Sure I can show you proof. Here’s A, B, C, D and E.’ Oh, but what’s this? A is “just a trick of the light”. B is most certainly a “hoax”. C is the “reflection of someone in a mirror off the the side”. D can be explained by the photo having “too much redeye and sunspots” and E…Well, I won’t even waste my time with E.
See what I mean? What would stand as proof that ghosts exist? And even if there ever IS a photo that shows to most, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that they exist, there will always be people who will keep insisting that the whole thing is just a sham. To me it seems that there can therefore never be concrete proof that ghosts exist…so even if they really did, how is one supposed to prove it?
I think the only way is to have each person have thier own encounter with what would be known as a ghost experience.
For the record, I wouldn’t say I believed in ghosts…but I wouldn’t say I didn’t believe either. Let’s just say I try to keep an open mind.
So I guess the main point and question I’d ask is, can the existence of ghosts and all the things regarding it, such as paranormal activity, poltergeists, etc…ever really be proven? I’d say no.