Ghosts and Science: Friend or Foe?
By Chris Capps 5/24/11
Science is in many ways a wonderful thing, but in still others it is one of the most tyrannical and often quoted elements of modern society. And if history has taught us one thing about tyrants, it is that they inevitably share their rebellion as well. To those who have long believed in the power of science this may seem unnecessary, but to others it is at the core of a very fundamental difference between those who believe exclusively in the scientific and those who seek more spiritual answers for some problems. And nowhere is this conflict more apparent than in the study and categorization of ghosts.
Ghosts are to us a simple – if not frightening prospect. As we look at the periphery of normal human experience we find these phantasmal figures lurking just out of our reach. And yet the mainstream of science has a firm stance on the existence of ghosts – one of disbelief. But if we look into the matter further we find anecdotal evidence as far as the eye can see suggesting quite the opposite. As scientists are interested always in unraveling mysteries it is always a point of question why they cannot (and indeed often refuse)to give us answers in this regard. There are canned answers, and general responses as to why ghosts can or cannot exist, but that is there the argument often simply dies with no explanation.
But an argument cannot be won simply by abstaining from it. Are these experiences simply the product of overactive imaginations? And i so, why are they so often uniform? And why don’t people simply imagine other things the same way they do with ghosts? Why are we always looking at the end of an enlightened conversation with a simple wave of the hand and ritualized specific words designed to cast out and dispel any rumors that something may be abnormal when it in fact is not.