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The Science of Ghosts

16 October 2010

There have been many attempts by the scientific community to disprove the existence of ghosts.  The truth is that science can prove the phantasmic phenomenon exists just as easily as disprove it.  How could this be, you say?

The answer lies in energy.  Albert Einstein concluded that energy could be neither created nor destroyed; it can only transform into something else. Assuming that Einstein is correct, we get the misrepresented equation of E=mc².  The next point to consider is that there are many types of energy including heat; colour; sound; and motion.  The “E” in the equation refers to energy without bias as to how that energy will be released or experienced.

The next portion of the equation is that it is generally accepted that a human being loses 28 to 56 grams of mass at the time of death in spite of everything of mass has been accounted for. According to Einstein’s equation, this means that 2.517*10^15 joules or more could be released as energy at the point of death. This is a substantial amount of energy that could potentially be released in a short amount of time in the event of violent or tragic death.

So what happens to all this potential energy? It is possible that this energy is stored in the surrounding environment.  Anyone that has looked at images “burned” into old computer monitors can vouch for the ability of light energy to be imprinted on otherwise insulating materials, in this example glass.  The enormous energy expelled at the cessation of life could similarly be stored in mediums like plaster and other building materials.

As Einstein’s theory does not specify the type of energy being released, in fact alludes to a generic and unspecified type of energy.  Furthermore, the entire world that we perceive around us comes from energy emissions.  Whether it is light energy allowing us to see or sound energy that we hear, all of our senses are tuned to interpreting energy into meaningful experiences.

So then we have a death that emits a great deal of energy, a potential medium for storing that energy, and the senses for detecting that energy.  Additionally, our brain is designed to make sense of all the stimuli that we are exposed to.   With all of these factors combined, it is little wonder that people have been experiencing phantasmal events throughout recorded history.

This suggests a plausible explanation for perceived ghosts, which are commonly referred to as apparitions.  Now let’s deal with ghosts that act on our environment which I refer to as manifestations.  Manifestations are the events that alter the physical world; commonly referred to as poltergeists, these ghosts move things around.

It is known that living human beings radiate approximately 100W of heat on a continuous basis.  Also, if “Aura” photography proves anything, it is that people also emit perceivable energy that is not related to heat.  This energy phenomenon has not been largely explained, but it does seem to exist.

Assuming that all of the science explored so far in this theoretical proof, there are two immediate conclusions.  First is that science has not quantified and qualified all of the perceivable forms of energy and that other potential forms of energy may exist.  The second is that science has not explored all of the effects of potential energy that people emit.  There may even be a cumulative relationship to the energy that people emit and the potential energy stored in an environment.  This cumulative energy may have the potential to manifest itself into kinetic energy as easily as light or sound energy, hence resulting in random movements of objects about a certain area given the circumstances that there is sufficient potential energy available.

We may now believe that ghostly occurrences may occur if a significant number of factors are all present at exactly the right time.  Assuming this, we are lead to the quandary of sentience, motive, and intent of our potential phantasm.  This question cannot be answered because the scientific community has been largely unable to define these points as it pertains to living things, and have not even considered the potential of the deceased.

Finally, I would like to mention that I only intended to prove that there may be a plausible explanation for phantasmal activity.  Neither myself nor science can prove that ghosts do not exist.  Besides, what would Halloween and the world be without a few bumps in the night?

Remember to be skeptical of the skeptics.

Weird Ponders

One Comments to “The Science of Ghosts”

  1. You think too much sometimes Lee

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