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Are Ghosts Real? Here’s What Science Has To Say

Are Ghosts Real

Story time:

In 2009, a woman saw a horrifying ghost while taking a shower. She was later found by others in a delirious state and hyperventilating due to her terrifying encounter. Eventually, it was discovered that her house was filled with carbon monoxide due to an improperly installed new gas water heater, which led her to hallucinate the ghost.

However, this may not necessarily be the case all the time.

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4. Temperature

Do you know about ‘cold spots’? If you have seen any horror movie or a single episode of a ghost hunting show, you must know about sudden drops in temperature and cold spots in allegedly haunted places. But did you know that rarely temperature can even rise as ghosts can make a room hotter?

Although these shifts in temperature can be fleeting or persistent, “these subjective temperature drops or changes at haunts may stem from the predictable physiological reaction to fear in a purportedly haunted space,” explain the researchers. They also established that there was no significant relationship between temperature and anomalous experiences.

5. Infrasound

Infrasound is an “audio frequency energy that falls below the range of normal hearing, typically 20Hz,” explain the researchers. It is like a subtle hum that humans are typically unable to hear. However, scientists have observed that naturally formed ambient infrasound in one’s environment, such as wind or geomagnetic activity, and man-made infrasound, like large machinery, aircraft or air movement in air conditioning systems, can lead to experiences that can be perceived as ghostly. 

The scientists noted a “causal link between infrasound and apparitional experiences” claiming ghostly sightings can often be a result of visual distortion created by eyeball-vibration from infrasound around 19 Hz.

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6. Electromagnetic fields

Electromagnetic fields are AC fields which are artificially formed through electrical power currents. However, they can also be produced naturally by geophysical sources, which are often misinterpreted. The researchers found that the technology of EMF meters has limited capacity to detect EMF fields and readings can differ drastically simply by moving the EMF meter by 2-3 feet.

The scientists also observed that our hormone levels and brain chemistry can change when exposed to EMF. Moreover, it can also affect sleep and cause inflammation in skin cells and skin sensations. These psychological reactions to EMF can help to explain certain ghostly or paranormal experiences. In fact, scientists have found that artificially stimulating the brain with weak-intensity magnetic fields can also lead to anomalous impressions.

The science of ghosts reveals that these 6 environmental factors act as unconscious or conscious stimulants of seemingly paranormal experiences. 

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The science of ghosts: Other factors

Apart from psychological and environmental factors, there are some other logical explanations that can help to answer the question “are ghosts real?”

Scientists have noted down the following probable reasons for ghostly encounters:

  • Hallucinations caused by “an overloaded digestive system
  • Vitamin deficiency due to fasting can result in transient psychosis causing hallucinations
  • Transient psychosis induced by infection or pain causing brief hallucinations
  • Sleep deprivation or prolonged periods of staying awake can lead to hallucinations or illusions
  • Cerebral dysfunction due to previous head injury may cause anomalous experiences
  • Hypnagogic and hypnopompic hallucinations can cause ghostly visions when going to sleep or waking up
  • Misinterpreting actual objects as ghosts due to limited sensory stimulation
  • Mistakenly identifying another ambiguous sound as hearing own name
  • Complex, transient hallucinations caused by severe stress
  • Hallucinations and illusions caused by alcohol, drugs and other substances
  • Damage to specific areas in the right hemisphere of the brain can affect visual processing leading to ghostly illusions
  • Some types of epilepsy and temporal lobe seizures can cause feelings of being watched or illusions of a shadow person
  • Lack of analytical thinking and excessive focus on intuitive thinking can promote supernatural belief

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Are Ghosts Real? Here’s What Science Has To Say
Are Ghosts Real? Here’s What Science Has To Say

Does this mean ghosts are not real?

Not necessarily. Scientific research does point out several logical reasons that can explain specific paranormal experiences. But science is yet to disprove the existence of ghosts. While mental illness, hallucinations and stimulants in the environment can make us falsely believe in ghosts, we cannot deny the existence of the soul or spirits. 

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Theo Harrison

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