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What is Paranormal Activity?

Updated on June 6, 2012

Paranormal Activity

Most of us have seen paranormal activities in movies or read about them in books. Paranormal, by definition, are phenomena and manifestations which lie outside of normal experience, and which can neither be scientifically explained nor proved. Despite the lack of support from the scientific community, which cannot disprove paranormal activities either, many people are interested in paranormal stories, and, for instance, like to visit haunted places.

Paranormal activities and sightings usually fall into these categories: spiritual entities, cryptids, which are organisms whose existence is told by legends and myths, but are doubted by scientists, and extraterrestrial manifestations.


Spiritual Entities

Spiritual entities, or ghosts, are the most believed paranormal manifestations. Ghosts usually appear in the form of descended humans, often in places where they have suffered injustice or cruelty, but animal ghosts have been reported, too. Ghost sightings report them as subtle material, misty and airy. When ghosts attached themselves to a person they sometimes create disorder and havoc in the presence of people throwing objects around and making noise as poltergeists.

Sometimes, in spooks, ghosts mark their presence only by opening doors and other objects: you simply feel a cold breath or are touched without anyone visible being present. Moving chairs and tables are also often reported during ancestor worship.

When ghosts are attached to certain places like houses and castles for example then we talk about haunted places. Many of these haunted places have been shown on Television and are subject to frequent inspections by paranormal investigators such as the most haunted places in America.

Despite not all haunting occur due to violent grounds some are seen as harbinger of death and other misfortune.

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Unidentified Flying Object
Unidentified Flying Object

Extraterrestrial Manifestations

Flying saucers and other unidentified flying objects, or UFOs for short, are the most common forms of extraterrestrial sightings, usually a flying object in the sky for which neither the observers nor investigating agencies have an explanation, when misidentification with common objects such as planes, weather and light phenomena as well as astronomical perceptions have been ruled out.

Other extraterrestrial events include sightings of aliens, and some people claim to have even been abducted by an alien, that is they have subjectively real memories of having being kidnapped by nonhuman entities and subjected to medical examinations. Legend also says that some governments are in possession of alien bodies found in the wrecks of crashed UFOs.

The search for extraterrestrial life and civilizations, and the believe that Planet Earth is not the only inhabited place in the universe does not fall in the category "paranormal". In fact there are many organizations searching the cosmos for clues of any other form of live. A famous project is SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) which includes a number of scientific activities involving analyzing electromagnetic signals, supported by five million computer users all over the world.

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Loch Ness Monster


Cryptozoology refers to the animal cryptids whose existence has not been proven yet. The most famous of the species are the Loch Ness monster, a dinosaur-like creature which is said to be living in the waters of Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands, Bigfoot, an ape-like hairy cryptid seen in North-America, and Yeti, the famous snowman who is said to inhabit the Himalayan region.

Finally, werewolves, who have been spotted for centuries, are the most extreme forms of cryptids because their characteristics involve rapid shapeshifting from human to wolf. Yet, as these lycons are said to only be killed by silver bullets, and as they appear only on full-moon, some see werewolves rather as supernatural than paranormal creatures.

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      alisha75 2 years ago

      yes there is somethng in our world...yes we believe in it but most of the people didn't believe it...

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      SmokeybonesJr 4 years ago

      Very nice lens. Thank You

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      It's hard to disprove anything. I've never seen anything myself, but have heard many stories from friends. I actually hope many of these are true. Life is better with some fantasy mixed in.

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      Loganor 4 years ago

      As far as cryptids - Pandas were considered mythical until a white man saw one. UFOs - I have seen them, so hard to argue that. The same for ghosts. So there ya go.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      Science has shown that ghosts do exist and there is way too much evidence to dismiss UFOs and aliens. As far as crytozoology, it really depends on the creature. This is a great lens on something I am so interested in.

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      Tony Bonura 4 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      I do believe in spooks. In fact, I have written several lenses about my experiences.


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      jodie-treadwell3 4 years ago

      my views are mixed on paranormal and supernatural creatures but i wont rule out that they are real, i just pray and hope I never have an encounter with anything like it.

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      Melissa Miotke 4 years ago from Arizona

      I hope paranormal activity isn't real but who knows? Great lens

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      These are things I am not very familiar with so I enjoyed reading about them here in your lens.

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      ismeedee 4 years ago

      I enjoyed this lens! I never like to dismiss outright the beliefs of others, especially because I have experienced firsthand some completely inexplicable things (by our idea of reality) myself!!

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      Spiderlily321 5 years ago

      Cool lens. There are so many things are there that we can not explain or understand. Perhaps one day...Thanks for creating this lens

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      KandDMarketing 5 years ago

      There is always something unknown ... well, at least to the person seeing it.Just because science has not classified or defined a thing does not negate it's existence. I'd love to see this lens include some more direct evidence, where possible. Perhaps more included videos or photos of phenomena reported ...

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      Ardyn25 5 years ago

      Interesting lens!

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      floppypoppygift1 5 years ago

      Cool lens-lots of great information & nomenclature! Cheers~cb

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Mankind has always been curious about unknown, this perhaps explains the interest behind extra-terrestrials.

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Fun lens, and now I know what cryptids are,

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      troybreimon lm 5 years ago

      great lens there binmark :)

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      Harriet 5 years ago from Indiana

      Things that go bump in the night have always fascinated me. I am open to anything paranormal.

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      wheresthekarma 5 years ago

      THanks for a great lens. Found it on lensroll! I love this subject and could read about it for hours. So interesting, all of it, from ghosts to big foot, I just want to know!

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      wheresthekarma 5 years ago

      THanks for a great lens. Found it on lensroll! I love this subject and could read about it for hours. So interesting, all of it, from ghosts to big foot, I just want to know!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      thanks for sharing this information

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      when i was almost deadly sick, my parents who already passed away visited me in my dreams everynight. they were not taking me but just waiting in the garden. i never told that to my family, only after i recovered. spirits are real. i am sure that ufos are also real. nessie and yeti can be real but werewolf is questionable.

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      MarkHansen 5 years ago

      @tvyps: @tvyps

      Thanks for the blessing and your comments. I can see where you are coming with respect to your first point. However, no all people believe in the bible, but it is worth knowing the viewpoint of Christians. I share your opinion on 2) which is really a good point. And you hit the nail on the head regarding 3) reminding me of "Critique of Pure Reason" by Immanuel Kant. We are on the same page here. Thanks for your valuable inputs - Mark

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      Teri Villars 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Interesting questions. 1) In the Bible, it says that you cannot speak to the dead so if there are spirits, they come from the devil 2) As far a UFO's, my dad worked at Wright Patterson, that's all I can say about that. I think that there is much more chance of them being USO's (submerged). We have only explored less than 5% of the oceans and a lot of mysterious stuff happens near oceans. 3) I believe that there are creatures out there that we have not seen or ID'd. We can also only see the spectrum through human eyes. What is there that we cannot see? Squid Angel blessed for the provocative discussion!