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Do you believe in ghosts?

  1. Oct 25, 2007 #1

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    Oh my, approximately the same percent of people in the US that say they are baseball fans also believe in ghosts, UFO's, that the U.S. made the right decision to invade Iraq, and approve of the job President Bush is doing. :surprised What does this mean?

    Ok, just showing that how you represent data can be misleading. :rolleyes:

    Anyway, with Halloween just around the corner, I thought I'd post an article on spooky stats. Maybe Ivan will let us post scary stories (first hand experiences, or even friends, family and neighbors) in S&D for a frightfest.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071025/ap_on_re_us/ghosts_ap_poll

    I was really surprised to hear that only 34% admitted to believing in ghosts. What do you believe?
     
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  3. Oct 25, 2007 #2
    If you believe in ghosts you might as well believe in dragons.
     
  4. Oct 25, 2007 #3
    When you believe in ghosts, your mind will be set more on alert as if it was sensing danger. Therefore the mind will associate any squeaks, movements, or anythings that's happening with ghosts, and as a result your mind will induce fear which will be make the problem worst.

    It's all psychological. What a computer programmer would call an infinite loop.
     
  5. Oct 25, 2007 #4
    Yes, I swear as a kid I had some interesting things happen around me- But I think I really want to believe in ghosts- It would ease my sadness -I really do not like the idea of just, boom! dead, no longer anything- even if you wouldn't care because you are now dead. Also I do get those funky little orbs and sometimes streaks of what looks like ribbon in my pictures- probably just dust but it is fun to imagine what if...
     
  6. Oct 25, 2007 #5
    I believe I'll have another drink. Tar bender!
     
  7. Oct 25, 2007 #6

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    You don't believe in dragons? :bugeye:
     
  8. Oct 25, 2007 #7
    Maybe I do :)
     
  9. Oct 25, 2007 #8

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    Well, after watching a History Channel show (or maybe it was Discovery Channel...I get myself confused sometimes..it's this old age setting in :redface:) that was making a case that dragon myths originated from people finding dinosaur bones, maybe I do believe in dragons. :biggrin:

    Ghosts, no, don't believe in them. But, doesn't mean I couldn't be convinced if there was good evidence...there are enough people who seem to think they've experienced something unexplainable, but most who sound at all credible about their experiences (as opposed to those waht refers to who jump at every creaking floorboard) always relate it as a single, fleeting event, so really hard to verify what it could have been.
     
  10. Oct 25, 2007 #9
    Most of the people I know who have had odd experinces, would of perfered they didn't. Once it happens, and you try to think of all possible explanations, you simply half to shrug and say.. I just saw a ghost.
     
  11. Oct 25, 2007 #10

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    I don't believe in an after life, so I guess that kills the idea of ghosts, although I've had unexplainable experiences, but I sure do like ghosts stories. I've been watching the monster/ghost movies this month and I am soooo disappointed.

    The best ghost movie ever has to be the original "The Haunting" with Claire Bloom and Julie Harris. A truly masterful psychological thriller. It's what you *didn't* see that was so frightening. New movies just try to scare you with graphic gore and cliche sudden audio and visual jolts. They don't even affect me. But I will still get scared watching "The Haunting".
     
  12. Oct 25, 2007 #11
    The Others is a good psychological ghost movie, if you're into that. It's rather straightforward, but still good for a scare.
     
  13. Oct 25, 2007 #12

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    Ooh, yes, one of the few decent ghost movies in recent years, also The Sixth Sense was well done.

    But neither were scary until the one moment at the end.

    The Haunting made you want to hide under the covers, with several people, and all the lights on.
     
  14. Oct 25, 2007 #13
    My answer is, "yes." I believe there is something that people see that may or may not be dead people, but there is something.

    I owned a glass factory workers house that was 150 years old. I was laying in bed one night in the upstairs bedroom and the dog began to whine in the hall, I opened my eyes and there, kneeling in front of me, was an old woman. She was staring at me. the house was only a few miles from a state mental institution, so I thought an old woman had escaped and got into our house. I just watched her, unsure what to do, then she floated up over the bed and I saw it was only the torso of an old woman, the legs were just mist to me. She disappeared into the ceiling, then the dog stopped whining.

    I thought I had dreamed or imagined it. I had never mentioned it to my wife because it was our house and I didn't want to scare her. Two weeks or so later it happened again. This time, after the old woman floated up, disappeared through the ceiling and the dog stopped whining, my wife said, "Did you see that?"

    I said, "I saw something, what did you see?"

    She said, "The upper body and head of an old woman, but the legs were just bubbles."

    I don't know what we saw, but we both saw it and the dog sensed it.
     
  15. Oct 25, 2007 #14

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    Wow, that is scary.
     
  16. Oct 25, 2007 #15
    I had something similar happen to me when I was like 6 or 7- I woke up in the middle of the night and when I opened my eyes I saw 2 whitish floating things with the shape of people- I remember being so frightened I just froze up and immediately closed my eyes again to pretend I was still asleep. I must have stayed like that for a good half an hour until i had to pee so bad I had to get to the bathroom. I opened my eyes preparing for the worse and they/it or whatever were gone...the other thing happened a few years later at another complex we moved too-Sometimes when I would go upstairs alone the door knob to my parents room would jiggle like it was trying to open but there would be no one there- talk about scary for a kid I was freaked out.

    Poltergeist was the one that scared me as a kid- that and Jaws:eek:
     
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  17. Oct 25, 2007 #16
    And are you going to church now. Cuz If I seriously saw something like that with another witness, my life would change 180. I would be in church every freakin day and never sleep!!!
     
  18. Oct 25, 2007 #17

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    What about if a white kitten brushed your ankle? Oh yeah, it had been dead two months.
     
  19. Oct 25, 2007 #18
    Awesome, means you don't have to feed it! :)
     
  20. Oct 25, 2007 #19

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    Yep, much cheaper to keep her without feeding.
     
  21. Oct 25, 2007 #20

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    This can easily be explained by "I woke up in the middle of the night" -- sometimes your brain hasn't fully awakened, so you're susceptible to seeing things that aren't there, and being unusually frightened of things.

    My solution is usually to get up, turn the light on, and walk around. The point being that if there are things to actually see, you are less likely to invent stuff. And, of course, this accelerates the process of fully awakening.
     
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