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.