why do people not believe in ghosts

A spooky apparition. From haunted houses to, 'tis the season for spooky and potentially paranormal encounters, if only in the name of Halloween fun. But for some, believing in ghosts is way more real than a simple Halloween prank. According to from 2005, about three out of four Americans harbor at least one paranormal belief. And a Pew Research Center survey from 2009 found that
those polled said they were in touch with the dead, with 18% saying they've seen a ghost. So what is it that makes us susceptible to these beliefs, despite any that they're real? Barry Markovsky, a sociologist at the University of South Carolina, that the human mind tries to create patterns to make sense of information that's muddled. "Ghosts are almost always seen under ambiguous circumstances such as in poor lighting, or when we're just waking up or falling asleep, when our senses are not at their peak function," Markovsky said. Basically, those who have encountered a ghost are most likely expecting them. That's why they show up in the places we'd expect: haunted houses, or in the places our loved ones used to frequent. Haunted houses may set us up for expectations of paranormal encounters. It's related to what we think happens to us after death Ghosts tend to be the the most common supernatural belief present among different cultures, Benjamin Radford, deputy editor of Skeptical Inquirer magazine and author of ",".


And that might have a lot to do with their, which is also a common tenet of most major religions. In 2014, Dutch They also studied the idea that we're more susceptible to see something supernatural when we're looking for it. They ran five experiments, testing to see if participants who were religious and not religious had supernatural sightings after being presented with a number of words ("demon" or "spirit," for example). By the end, the researchers were able to conclude that giving those supernatural words did have an effect on what religious participants saw, though the words didn't have the same effect on those that weren't religious. Of course, another reason people believe in ghosts is the same reason that people like to watch or in girls' bathrooms: for the thrill of it. There's a word for buying into these scary stories:. Basically, people do this because they know they're not in any real danger, Radford said. But that's the confusing thing about our many perceptions of ghosts: Are they out to harm us, in which case we might need some "Ghostbusters" to save the day? Or are they harmless lost spirits? Many ghost hunters see themselves as "traffic cops for the afterlife," Radford said. Instead of believing ghosts to be evil, they think of them as spirits that have simply gotten lost on the way to the hereafter. As Radford put it, "If you're genuinely terrified of ghosts and think they could kill you, why the [heck] would you go looking for them? " Of course, movies and TV shows about ghost-hunting, which are often presented with very little skepticism, aren't helpful.


It's all good fun, but as Radford said, "Don't believe everything you see on TV! " Tanya Lewis of this post. About a week before Halloween, the Inquirer ran stories about numerous encounters with ghosts by people, from celebrities to ordinary folk. Such stories have become an annual ritual of newspapers, magazines, TV and radio shows. Despite the first-person stories and documented research of respected parapsychologists all over the world, people, especially our Western-influenced countrymen, still doubt the existence of spirits of the dead manifesting themselves to the living. I remember an article in the InquirerБs Nov. 1 issue entitled, БI donБt believe in ghosts, butБ,Б written by a 75-year-old contributor. The author narrated close encounters she has had with ghostly apparitions, including mysterious movements and eerie sounds. Yet, in the end, when she rhetorically asked, БDo I believe in ghosts? Б she replied, БNo! Б Intellectual weakness I find her conclusion to be logically inconsistent, yet not surprising at all. It is a common mental weakness. Once our mind accepts a point of view or opinion as the only correct and valid one (e. g.


Бghosts do not existБ), all other contradictory things will be rejected, even if it goes againstб reason. Therefore, I understand why that contributor couldnБt accept the existence of ghosts, despite her numerous close encounters. As the great 16th-century British essayist and philosopher Sir Francis Bacon said, БOnce an opinion takes a firm hold in oneБs mind, it will make all kinds of excuses, logical distinctions and arguments so that by this pernicious device, his original opinion would remain intact,Б or something to that effect. This is the mindset we find among devotees of organized religion, science, cults or even political systems. б This mindset leads to intolerance and fanaticism. Hardened The great astronomer Galileo was arrested and tried by the Holy Inquisition. His views, to be proved to be scientifically correct, were regarded at the time to be heretical, or against the official teachings of the Church. That was also the reason a young, brave French maiden named Joan of Arc was burned at the stakes by religious authorities. Four hundred years later, the Church apologized for murdering her, and even declared her a saint. We find examples of such a hardened way of thinking in almost every field. In the early Б90s, I remember meeting a writer of Omni magazine in a Filipino faith healerБs clinic. He was sent by his publication to see if the much publicized Philippine psychic surgery method was true or not.


He observed at close range the healer making an incision on the patientБs body, blood flowing out, then removing a small tumor. After this, the healer closed the incision and hardly any trace of the operation could be seen. The American writer was in shock. Unable to believe what he was seeing, he stood motionless, his mouth open, for about half a minute. He couldnБt talk so his wife and I helped him to a chair and gave him water to drink. When he came to his senses, he mumbled, БI see it, but I canБt believe it. Б A month later, Omni published his story where he concluded that what he had seen in the Philippines was all fakery, because he couldnБt believe nor accept what he had witnessed. It went against his rational, scientific and logical thinking. Therefore, his mind simply rejected it. As the late Indian spiritual guru and philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti said, БWhen thinking begins with a conclusion, thinking stops. Б If we accept the scientific assumption that only the things that can be seen, felt, heard, smelled or tasted are real, then everything else outside this paradigm is unreal, nonexistent and purely imaginary. My next Soulmates, Karma and Reincarnation seminar is on Nov. 23, from 1-7 p. m. , at Rm. 308 Prince Plaza I, Legaspi St. , Greenbelt, Makati City. Call tel. nos. 8107245 or 0908-3537885.

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