A multipart essay on paranormal investigations
Part 2-What Causes Hauntings? (please read part one before reading part two)
Do we really know why places become paranormal playgrounds? Absolutely not, so why do people make up reasons based upon absolutely no evidence? I don't know the answer to either of those questions but I don't make up nonsense to clients who call me to investigate their house. Instead I prefer to tell people no can really know the reasons behind this phenomenon and I prefer not to speculate until I understand more about this particular situation. Based upon my research these are the top explanations given for hauntings:
1. Much death and suffering in one area led to spiritual activity.
2. Person died with unfinished business.
3. Many are residual hauntings. Like a snapshot of something in the past which constantly replays.
I have always found it fascinating the explanations people give for the reasons places are haunted. There are more but these are the most common. Let's look at each one to see if they make logical and scientific sense.
Much death and suffering in one area led to spiritual activity
I briefly investigated the Villisca Axe murder house last summer. The reason given for this haunting was the eight inhabitants were butchered in their sleep by an unknown assailant with an axe. It was a horrible crime; an entire family massacred. Can eight people murdered be so horrific as to cause a haunting? Let's compare that with other massacres throughout Earth's history.
I was in Los Angeles a few years ago visiting the La brea Tar Pits. Hundreds of thousands of animals died a horrible death in what amounted to a torture chamber for these creatures. So why no reports of ghosts of woolly mammoths or saber tooth tigers? Living in the Jurassic period must have been horrific, as creatures were massacred by the thousands on a daily basis. So why no reports of anyone seeing ghosts of dinosaurs?
Prehistoric man had it much more difficult that today's modern societies. Rival tribes would attack neighboring villages. Men, women and children were massacred, raped and tortured constantly. So why no reports of seeing ghosts of prehistoric man?
The Aztec and Inca nations would ritually murder thousands of people as sacrifices to their gods. I don't remember ever reading one report of anybody seeing the ghost of an Inca or an Aztec victim. If reason number one is valid then we should see ghosts of dinosaurs, woolly mammoths, prehistoric man, and Indians as hundred of thousands of these creatures met untimely, horrific deaths. The fact that we don't should prove reason number one as complete fabrication.
This proves that people only see ghosts based upon clothing, situations and other people they have seen and can comprehend. I think this is very important to realize if you are a paranormal investigator. We have all seen photos of previous generations but no one actually knows what a dinosaur looked like or even what a prehistoric person used to look like. We can speculate but we will never know. This is why I believe our sightings of ghosts only contain images we are certain to have existed.
Person died with unfinished business
Physics and mathematics proves that energy cannot be destroyed; it can only be changed from one form to another. So when a person dies their energy changes form and lives on but memories cannot exist without the brain. Memories are nothing more than a collection of brain cells, much like a hard drive within a computer. When the brain is destroyed it is impossible to access that information. Even if the energy within our body still remains, it would be a mindless mass of energy much like a lightning ball with no intelligence. This energy would be just a floating mass of energy.
Lightning has never struck somebody or something out of envy. Electricity has never leaped from the socket and electrocuted somebody because of vengeance. I don't think either of these situations will ever happen either. Energy has no conscious and it has no memories.
If you believe energy has a conscious and a memory then you have to prove it using scientific methodologies. The laws of physics don’t allow for this so the burden of proof is on you. Science does not accept blind faith as evidence so you have to prove it through mathematics, physics or physical evidence. If you can’t prove it then you can’t proclaim this as a fact.
Many are residual hauntings. Like a snapshot of something in the past which constantly replays
If this is true then the Earth should be littered with these residual hauntings. We should see dinosaurs hunting and killing prey. We should see villages of prehistoric men killing rivaling villages. We should be able to see the daily human sacrifices of the Inca nations. We should still see reenactments of past wars without the aid of actors. The fact that we don't should easily debunk this explanation.
I am trying to reform the way we investigate hauntings. We will only be able to prove the existence of ghosts and other spirits by using scientific methodology. Blind faith and spirituality is empty unless it is backed with proper physical evidence. I think we hurt our credibility when we invent explanations. We are much more credible when we just admit we don't know but let our clients know we thirst for the truth. That is why we are paranormal investigators. We seek the truth wherever it leads us.
The truth is we do not know why places are haunted, nor do we even understand exactly if it is a spirit that is responsible for the situation. There is still so much unknown to us. But we can only begin to learn if we accept our lack of knowledge. Just like religion limits our intellect and closes our mind, these false beliefs hide the truth.
Stay tuned for part 3-The Role of EMF.