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Do you believe in ghosts? Why/why not?

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I am so curious, looking at your name--are you a 'Friends' fan, who loves Matthew Perry's character Chandler Bing? I adore the show--Chandler and Joey, especially! I watch late night reruns all the time.

Oh, to your question. I am inclined to believe in ghosts. I have never seen one, but I know a few very credible people who believe in ghosts, and not as some fantasy from TV, or books, but from experiences they have had, and I have no reason to doubt them. There are a few encounters that acquaintances have told me about that stand out very vividly in my memory, and they give me chills. I can neither prove, or disprove these encounters, but the people who had the experiences weren't dreaming, weren't delusional, and weren't insane. I trust them, and I also trusted that they were genuinely confused, and distressed over the experiences.

When I was very active in my church, I was also close to our humble, and dedicated young priest, and I was friends with some of the CYO and CCD teachers I volunteered with. Our priest, and a few of the other teachers, were having a casual conversation one night after classes, and one of the gals confided in her experiences after the recent death of her brother. She had not changed anything in his room, and couldn't bear to go in it; she tried to go in twice, and heard movement in that room, and saw a light go on, a light she knew came from his desk lamp. Whenever she went into their garage, where his prized classic car remained covered, the scent of flowers was so overpowering for the first few months, that she felt sick. Father Bob told her as calmly as if he had been discussing the weather, that Rick wasn't ready to "let go" yet. He told her that the scent of flowers would become weaker, and finally disappear, and she would know that it was time to begin to make decisions about his belongings.

I couldn't believe that they believed! We discussed this, and other events that our priest had experience with, and I learned that ghosts were not bad--they usually have unfinished business, or a story to tell. It is poltergeists that are bad, and Father Bob referenced the work of Ed and Lorraine Warren, who teach this in their lectures and books. They are a noted paranormal investigative couple from Connecticut, whom he had been on a few "ghost-hunting" missions with. Their work is well-documented, and their ideas are quite well-respected in the area of the paranormal. I found it interesting that a very devout, and spiritual priest believed, and further fascinating when he discussed some of his studies related to this in the seminary, including exorcism, which has nothing to do with ghosts, but belief in possession has met with the same skepticism for centuries. The practice is a ritual that the Church engages in today, so the point here is, we shouldn't rule out possibilities just because we don't have an explanation for them.

Another experience that I heard about some years before that, came from my mother's dearest friend. At the time, I was young, and I didn't know what to think, but I never wanted to go to her house after hearing her story. She told us that when her mother died, her eight year old daughter was deeply affected by Grandma's absence; the grandmother had lived with them. She said for several weeks after her mother's death, she would hear two voices coming from her daughter's room, and when she went to the room, her daughter got upset; she told her that "Grandma leaves when you come in!" My mom's friend was not wacky--she was a well-educated, and quite "proper" woman, who, in fact, was very pragmatic, and did not want to believe that this could happen, except that she had "heard" it herself.

There are a few more incidences that others have told me about, and as I stated, I have no reason to disbelieve. I also have no proof that these events are real, or are the result of any other cause, or coincidence, but I don't rule them out. I am aware that there can be a range of possibilities in life, even though there is no explanation for them.

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I have no reason to believe in ghosts. Does anyone find it odd that after years of television shows that feature purported "experts" on ghost hunting chasing around the globe to find ghosts, that they have failed spectacularly to produce any scientifically legitimate proof of their assertions?

The shows are often laughably bad. It's always,"OH, I think I heard a sound!" or ,"I think I saw an odd shadow out of the corner of my eye!", and then they spend the next 5 minutes of the show talking to a dark and empty room and then trying to play back a lousy recording at different speeds to try to make a legible pattern out of the sound or video.

Absence of evidence may not be evidence of absence, but sometimes when you don't find something for a long time it is because it simply isn't there. Unfortunately, as long as their are believers to watch the shows and TV producers that can sell advertising on them, many of us will have to change channels more often.

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I don't believe in ghosts in any tangible or real form.

I do believe in the idea of ghosts as something that exists as a concept in fiction and in the imagination of others. There are plenty of books and movies about ghosts, and I certainly believe that people can represent their idea of what a ghost is just as much as they can identify other fictional creatures.

It is important to qualify my answer with that dichotomy because the conception of what a ghost is semantically to me is something that does matter as far as my understand of the world and my belief. From the standpoint of epistemic belief, we can't necessarily know that ghosts are real or not real.

What we can ascertain is that, should the entire world be a fiction generated by our mind, then the concept of a ghost is just as real as any other concept. But, assuming the world is real and there is truth to this reality, I don't think that in this reality ghosts exist.

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I do believe in ghosts, but I am not sure they are what people traditionally believe ghosts to be. Many ghosts appear to be the same thing occurring over and over again in certain locations at certain times during certain conditions. It is very possible somehow events get "recorded" or are somehow absorbed into certain locations. What a person is actually seeing is not a spirit, but somehow they are viewing exactly what happened in the past.

I do realize there are many instances when people say they interact with a ghost, so I suppose that is some type of spirit or demon or some life form we simply do not yet understand. I think those situations are very rare though. I did interact with some type of ghost while I was in college, but I still do not fully understand what I witnessed. I think ghosts are far more rare and complicated than we can begin to imagine.

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Honestly I'm not really sure one way or the other. I've heard some convincing stories and have been on ghost walks and have seen some interesting evidence but I also am a bit of a sceptic. Honestly a lot of what I have heard, as convincing as it is, can also be a lot of people being a bit scared and over reacting to small, explainable noises, glimpses of things, or other strange occurrences. I think I will always question it until I experience something undoubtably ghost like personally, so I wont say they do or do not exist either way because I simply have no solid proof one way or the other. Personally, I dont think I ever want solid proof because I think it would truly terrify me to have a ghost encounter so I am perfectly happy in my unsure state or mind.

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I don't believe in ghosts in the sense of a being that we living people can somehow interact with. If we use the term ''ghosts'' as in ''history'', then I'm fine with that.

Ghosts that we see in fiction tv-show, movies and books I think is just another mythical creature created for the purpose of entertainment in the horror stories.

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No I don't believe in ghosts because I can't believe in something that has not been proven to exist. Ghost are no the TV and most shows on the TV are fake. Everything is scripted and controlled by a bunch of director and producers.

If there is proof that ghosts exist then I would love to see it and I would change my mind immediately.

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I do believe there are ghosts. There are tons of TV shows and even movies dedicated to spotting ghosts and figuring out if they're real or not. I've felt eerie chills down my spine which can't be explained other than ghosts. I also believe there is a spiritual world where the ghosts are in, and the real world where we live.

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I don't really believe in ghosts. I have not seen evidence or anything of ghosts, and I am not one for believing in the afterlife. It seems more likely to me that your consciousness (and spirit, whatever that is) is lost when your brain starts failing. However, I could definitely be persuaded if i had a supernatural experience.

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B

No, I don't believe in ghosts. I've been examining the so-called 'evidence' for ghosts for decades now, and have yet to find any that's compelling or convincing. From what I can tell, they're completely fictional creatures, like faeries, leprechauns and unicorns.

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I am so far undecided on this. I have never seen a ghost but know people who say they have or have experienced ghostly happenings. Part of me really wants to believe that they are out there and see one or feel a presence, but I don't want to be scared!

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I don't believe in ghosts.

Because there is no such thing in the world.

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I do believe in something. I have a Christmas picture with a image in it

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