- Religion and Philosophy
Proof Of The Paranormal
We have all heard stories about ghosts, UFO's and other paranormal and extraterrestrial phenomena, but how much proof is there to substantiate the claims?
Well, the answer depends upon who you ask.
You see the fact is, most of what we know in other areas of knowledge, has come from empirical evidence, the sort of evidence that comes from laboratory tests and the like, but the problem with ghosts is they are a little particular about where they haunt, when they appear and how.
It's no good setting up heaps of electronic equipment under the impression that you're going to get evidence, because of two reasons:
- There's no guarantee that anything is going to show up
- If it does, the gathering of evidence doesn't stop there.
Even if you are fortunate enough to capture something on tape or another electronic recording device, for the science world to take it seriously, certain conditions would have to be met or what you have gathered is not going to be enough.
In fact, it doesn't seem to matter how fastidious you are with setting up and recording the experiment, for many in the science community, it will never be enough.
They will claim that something you did was wrong, the evidence was contaminated or otherwise inconclusive and it won't matter what you provided.
The same can be said of many other elements of the paranormal. The results will be - as they always have been - described as inconclusive.
The pictures to the right are proof of that. Whether they were meant to be real or just to 'dramatise' the event or the phenomena isn't clear, but no-one is going to look at them and be bowled over, proclaiming that what they're looking at is definitive proof of life after death, hauntings or UFO's.
There is much that was supposed to have substantiated the existence or presence of ghosts, but one way or another, all of the pictorial evidence had got believers no further forward in their quest to get others to believe in what they know to be there.
The same can be said for UFO's.
It's not that some of the pictures or video footage isn't real, it's just that for some reason, the science community doesn't want to believe because in a lot of respects, it calls into question all we know about physics.
We have what we term "Natural Laws".
These are laws - like 1+1=2, gravity and other laws that supposedly govern our world.
A great many people believe that travelling faster than the speed of light is impossible, which kind of rules out extraterrestrials visiting this planet, because as far as we know, the nearest stars that could have an inhabited planet is tens of light years away and could be as much as a hundred.
This means it could take a hundred years for these crafts to reach Earth from where they started from - even at the speed of light.
However, many cases that have been corroborated by eye witnesses, suggest that crafts that we presume have come from somewhere other than Earth, have been seen and appear to be able to do things that our aircraft can't.
They can accelerate faster than ours, have top speeds far in excess of ours and can manoeuvre in ways that ours just can't - which it appears, defies the laws of gravity and countless other laws into the bargain.
Where ghosts and other spectral phenomena are concerned, it would appear that they go against what people believe happens to us once we're dead and gone.
You can understand how this would be irksome for those who have spent their lives studying science, only to have one thing come along and blow all their theories and empirical evidence out of the water can't you?
The two pictures (right) suggest spectral apparitions in the shots and the one of the two Asian girls does look real. However, the lights behind them appear to be bleeding into their features which could suggest over-exposure. That could mean that the shot was double exposed, once with just the two girls and again with all three.
The woman on the stairs could be another case of the same methodology, but with neither is it possible to say definitively one way or the other.
the scientists prefer to err on the side of caution and state to the public that none of it is real.
But still, there remains enough evidence in many people's minds that there are things out there that really do defy scientific explanation as we know it.
Things like EVP - Electronic Voice Phenomenon, Infra red film and others are enough to prove to many that it's possible that things we cannot explain really do exist
The shot on the right, is supposed to be UFO's in Las Vegas, Nevada, but how can we tell?
The fact is, one would have thought that with all the equipment that's readily available nowadays, it would be more difficult to forge something like a UFO flying over somewhere recognisable, but with graphics packages the way they are and high quality video equipment, it's actually easier.
That means it's harder for people to either prove or disprove something.
Actually, that's not quite true. In this market, you're fake until proven otherwise and then you're still a fake.
But isn't there enough evidence to at least show it's possible?
I think so.
I feel that the issue is somewhat political.
Whether paranormal or extraterrestrial, a great many people would be offended if someone in political circles upped and said that Aliens existed, UFO's really do come visiting and they knew about them.
Imagine what it would do for that person or those people's political careers.
Not only that, but in many respects, Alien life, UFO's, ghosts and psychic abilities go against science as we know it and a great many religious philosophies too.
So it seems that the religious and political ramifications are just too great to take the chance on announcing that any of it has any substance whatsoever.
Until any of it drops itself into our laps in a way that is irrefutable, I fear that's the way it will stay, but that's no reason to stop believing. There's too much out there we don't know to discount anything.
A final thought
When you think about it, there is much we don't know, it almost seems arrogant of our scientists to state categorically that something is impossible or definite, when they don't know.
Who's to say that we have not done any more than established the basics under certain conditions?
When I was at school, I was told we had five senses - the same as many of you out there were no doubt, yet now they're saying that a sense of foreboding for instance or a sixth sense, or a sense of grief are all just as valid. Our tongues were said to have certain areas that picked up on certain flavours, yet apparently, that's not right either.
In the last thirty years, advances in knowledge and understanding have been made that have called much of what I thought I knew into question and it's my opinion that the same thing is going to happen in the next thirty with things our scientists thought they knew too.
It's really not that long ago that it was thought that supersonic flight was impossible, yet now we can travel at several times that speed. It was just a matter of finding out how. Similarly, warp speed (or multiples of the speed of light) may not only be possible, but commonplace in the years to come.
We may also discover that psychic phenomena may be a case of humans learning to access that part of their brain - or rather, the majority of their brain - that we believe is dormant and who knows what that will unlock. Perhaps it will explain things like ghosts, poltergeists, precognition, mediumistic powers, remote viewing and telekinesis.