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Book Review: Exposed, Uncovered, and Declassified: Ghosts, Spirits and Hauntings – Am I Being Haunted? by Pye and Dalley

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Exposed, Uncovered, and Declassified: Ghosts, Spirits and Hauntings, by Pye and Dalley, begins by discussing the major theories to account for haunted houses. This section in itself is fascinating. The noted Psychological Theory is associated with hallucinations and mental states. Most of these arguments are well known.

The Spiritistic Theory discusses that sitings are caused by dismembered spirits or non-corporeal entities. Variants of the theory include demons and extra-dimensional beings. Investigators who embrace this theory assume that the
physical effects reported in hauntings are real and that ghosts can be photographed or recorded under certain circumstances.

Lastly, the Parapsychological Theory presupposes that some paranormal activities are involved. Sometimes, witnesses to apparitions acquire knowledge about a particular location that they could not have otherwise known or perceived. The theory also suggests that reported sounds are sometimes genuine. The book has numerous pictures depicting both humans and spooky shadows of ghosts in the background.

There are a number of theories about ghosts. For instance, ghosts are earthbound spirits of the deceased. We know from the first law of thermodynamics that energy does not cease to exist rather it changes form from system to system, i.e. changes form from human to an aura. Buddhism explains various levels of the aura and this concept makes sense for the afterlife.

Our bodies die, as evidenced by the agonal phase or deep descent. Body systems shut down and the temporal body reaches a highly acidic state with a pH near zero. And so, the only remaining part of our being is in the spiritual or aura state which may weigh a fraction of an ounce.

An aura is a field of hardly perceptible, luminous radiation surrounding a person or object (like a halo). The depiction of such an aura often connotes a person of a particular stature. The idea of an aura most comports with our spiritual being in the afterlife.

Another theory suggests that ghosts and apparitions are created from electricity or electromagnetic radiation. Similarly, ghosts can be a playback of energy or stored human emotion that was once present at the location. For instance, Gettysburg is the scene of one of the greatest battles in history with thousands of casualties and dismemberments. The Farnsworth House Inn in Gettysburg is said to be haunted by no fewer than 14 ghosts, making it the seventh most haunted inn here in the United States.

Other practitioners believe that ghosts are alive but present in alternate dimensions like auras. Non-believers adhere to the notion that ghosts are figments of our imagination or hallucinations generated by brain chemicals. There is a statistical correlation between increased levels of dopamine
and paranormal beliefs. How do ghosts make themselves known? Charles Rosna did so by tapping on the ceiling or walls. Numerous strange occurrences are related at length.

Milton stated that :
Millions of spiritual creatures walk the earth
Unseen, both when we wake and when we sleep

Read Exposed, Uncovered, and Declassified to formulate a more reasoned opinion on whether or not ghosts exist in any realm. There are plenty of spooky pictures throughout. The presentation is engaging with all sorts of theories espoused, with each having a rational explanation. Choose the best explanation for your own domain of experience. Some of us have experienced encounters with the dead, like a deep chill passing through our bodies at the time of death of a loved one.

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About Dr Joseph S Maresca

I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.